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Street lighting district still in the dark

June 19, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the beginning of the June 11 Poland Township meeting, a public hearing was held over a street lighting district for Suncrest Drive. The hearing will be continued at the next township meeting to allow for more public input.

Township administrator Jim Scharville said the petition for street lighting was turned in with 17 signatures of the 24 households on Suncrest Drive.

''That is well over the 51 percent required,'' he said.

At the meeting, a handful of residents from Suncrest showed up with several in opposition. One of the residents opposed to street lights asked why they would have to sign a petition without having the exact cost in writing.

Scharville explained that Ohio Edison will only do the survey on streets where the people have, by petition, unanimously approved a lighting district. He said they wouldn't bother working on a plan without the support to see it through.

Suncrest Drive is a cul-de-sac that is east of North Lima Road and north of East Western Reserve Road. Scharville said Ohio Edison has estimated the street will need seven 100-watt, high energy street lamps placed on existing poles on the street.

The cost for the lighting project would initially come from the township in the amount of $4,388.65. That cost would be recouped on the resident's property tax bill over the next ten years. Scharville said it would be paid back at a rate of $56 per month, divided by the 24 properties on the street.

''It would be a little over $2 per month, per property,'' Scharville said. ''Part of that would go towards paying off the township, and part would pay the electric bill for the lights.''

He said after the 10 years, residents would see the fee drop to only covering the electric bill. He said all maintenance and bulb replacement would be covered by Ohio Edison.

With only eight of the 24 residents present at the meeting, trustee Robert Lidle asked if the public hearing could be continued.

''Trustees can table it for up to 30 days,'' he said.

Trustees then approved a continuance to the July township meeting. Scharville said he would again notify all residents of the street so all have an opportunity to come and address the board.

Trustees also approved a resolution declaring the following properties as nuisances for high grass, junk and debris, and/or junk vehicles on the property: 7598 Clingan Road, 7538 Clingan Road, 6813 Lutheran Drive, and 3939 Arrel Road.

In other business:

* Police Chief Brian Goodin read a letter from the family of a Poland Township woman that passed away in her home. The letter said Poland Township Police officers' presence and their caring attitude was deeply appreciated.

* Trustee Eric Ungaro mentioned that Mathews Road was closed June 16 and will remain closed for 45 days while work is being done in that area. He suggested residents should find other routes during the construction.

* Road Department head Tom Monus said the township paving program should be finished this week and his department is continuing to patch pot holes.

* Trustees read certificates recognizing the Poland High School boys baseball, girls softball, boys tennis, boys track and girls track teams for their successes in the recent season.



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