Poland pursuing land for fire district

By Ashley Luthern



Township trustees have made an offer to buy a piece of property near the Western Reserve Joint Fire District’s Station 92 on state Route 170.

Trustees voted to place an offer of $28,100 on the property at 7593 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, on the corner of Red Maple Lane and state Route 170.

If the offer is accepted, the money would come out of the township’s capital improvement fund, funded through payments from Republic Services-operated Carbon Limestone Landfill, which pays a $60,000 host fee annually to the township in addition to other local fees, said Trustee Mark Naples.

“It would not come from taxpayers,” Naples said.

If the township does get the property, it would then lease it to the fire district, probably for $1 annually, Naples said.

The purchase would coincide with the fire district’s recent $80,000 purchase of a house adjacent to the south of the fire station, which is set to undergo a $1 million expansion project this fall.

Fire Chief David Comstock Jr. said the cost included the price of demolishing the structure.

If the township were to acquire the corner property and lease it to the district, the structure could be used for search-and-rescue and other fire department training exercises, Comstock said.

The corner property is in foreclosure and owned by a bank, trustees said.

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