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Trustee gets update on school program

July 24, 2014
The Town Crier
Photo by Mike Capps, Town Crier correspondent
Poland Township trustee Bob Lidle gets an update on the township and school district's Safe Routes to School program by project inspector Paul Gromen of the Mahoning County engineer's office of Pat Ginnetti.
The program, funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation, is intended to improve the health and well-being of children by encouraging them to walk and bike to school or other activities.
Trustee Lidle said the 1.2 mile project was initially proposed as a way of safely connecting an entire school district.
Following years of rejection and revisions, a $500,000 grant from the ODT in 2012äthe largest local award--the township secured a travel plan to build a sidewalk on the east side of state Route 170. The grant covered the construction and sidewalk, which will run parallel to 170 from Nesbitt Street in the village to the north side of Dobbins Road, where Dobbins Elementary School and Poland High School are located.
Gromen points to Denver Drive and state Route 170. 'Next week we will begin working on putting in a retaining wall that follows code,' he said. Lidle inquired on the completion of the entire project. Gromen said, 'The entire project should be completed by mid-August.'


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