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New faces, zoning issues top first meeting

January 12, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Poland Village Council is up and running for the new year after it held its first meeting of 2017, which in included two oaths of office, Jan. 3.

The first oath was administered to the new village solicitor, Jay Macejko. To handle his oath, Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D'Apolito, who served in the position for the past eight years, attended the meeting in official capacity.

Wearing his judge's robe, D'Apolito swore in Macejko, who then officially took his seat at the council table.

The second oath of office was delivered by Mayor Tim Sicafuse, who swore in T.J. Phillips as a part-time village police officer. Phillips is a Austintown Fitch High School graduate who recently earned a criminal justice degree from Youngstown State University.

"He will start out doing ride-alongs to get used to the village," police Chief Russ Beatty said.

Zoning issues also came up during the meeting, and the first was a nuisance abatement ordinance amending ordinance section 1460.05(a). The ordinance reduces time limits for nuisance abatement from 10 days to three. Zoning Inspector Tim Claven explained the reason for the change.

"It sets a minimum time limit for nuisance issues," he said. "Under the present language, if a person has garbage stored in their yard, I had to give them 10 days to clean it up. By that time, it is blowing into the neighbors' lawns."

The new three-day minimum would force these types of minor violators into cleaning it up faster and preventing additional problems. The nuisance time limit change underwent a first reading at the meeting.

Another zoning issue involved the changes requested by a local gas station. Daniel Al-Rai, owner of Stop and Shop, 57 N. Main St., was asking for three variances to the village zoning codes. He wanted an allowance for an outside ice storage unit and an outside propane unit. He also requested an illuminated backlit sign.

The hearing for the requested variances was held Tuesday at village hall, where the Zoning Board of Appeals heard the case and made its recommendations that will be made known at a future village council meeting.

On a different matter, Poland Municipal Forest Board of Trustees spokesperson Elinor Zedaker reported three threatening Ash trees were removed by Adams Tree Preservation LLC in Poland. The trees were near the parking area to the forest.

"The trees were very soft inside," Zedaker said. "They were mixed among a variety of healthy trees."

She said the trees posed a threat to vehicles and people who accessed the forest from College Street.

On a different issue, Zedaker asked council to post the forest board's minutes on the village's website, to which Mayor Tim Sicafuse said could be done.

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