Plans are to again address the leash law in Poland Woods at the next Village Council meeting. An ordinance presented at the April 2 meeting was tabled to give residents a chance to know about the proposed change.
The ordinance was presented by Councilman Joe Mazur. He said no one was paying attention to the line between leash and no leash in the forest.
"The problem is that people are letting their dogs go and it is scaring a lot of people," said Forest Board chairman Robert Zedaker. "We've had several dog bites reported."
Poland Village Councilman Bill Dunnavant said 95 percent of the dogs that are seen in Poland Forest are on leashes. His bigger concern was on how to enforce a leash law when the police are already on a tight budget.
"To ask the police to enforce a leash law would be tough," he said.
After a brief discussion on the proposed ordinance to make the entire woods "leash required," council unanimously decided to table the issue until the next meeting on April 16 to give residents time to learn about it.
Council did approve permission for Town One Streetscapes to place signage stating that Poland was President William McKinley's childhood home. The signs would be placed on the six welcome signs coming into the village.
"We also want to add a marker through the Ohio Historical Society that would be placed in the Home Savings parking lot," said Dave Smith from the Poland Historical Society and a member of Town One Streetscapes.
He said the application has been sent in to the OHS who will now examine it to see if it is worthy. Once approved, the marker will cost $2,400 and it will be listed with the OHS. Smith asked the village for help in funding the project and council agreed to a resolution to contribute $600.
In other business:
Council approved the hiring of Michael Pasternak to the position of part-time police officer. He will be sworn in at the April 16 meeting.
Council approved a motion for a $12 per day administration fee for vehicle impounds.
Mayor Tim Sicafuse mentioned a recent ODOT bridge report for Poland regarding the U.S. 224 and Ohio 170 bridges. The 170 bridge got a rating of seven out of 10 and the 224 bridge a rating of nine out of 10.
"That is pretty good," Sicafuse said.
It was also mentioned that April 27 has been set aside to Woods Clean-up Day. The event will also cover the annual mustard weed pull and the local Boy Scouts have already committed to helping out. Sicafuse also mentioned that someone had stepped forward and offered to donate a new shelter house in Butler Circle.