Poland Township Trustees Robert Lidle and Eric Ungaro got into a heated exchange with a resident of Cliffview Drive tonight regarding the township’s handling of a ditch that has posed a problem for residents of Cliffview and Camella drives for years.
“We’re probably going to seek legal action, I’d imagine,” said Steve Stanislav, a resident of Cliffview Drive who has spearheaded the residents’ efforts at getting the township to fix the ditch.
Built about 40 years ago, the ditch has expanded over the past few decades, causing erosion on several properties.
Last week, the township released the opinion of Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains, which said the township is not responsible for fixing drainage facilities installed by residential developers unless the facilities are needed to remove water from a road.
According to Stanislav, the ditch does drain water from the road. Stanislav believes the entire ditch is part of an easement, which is a right of way for utilities and is the township’s responsibility to maintain. Trustees, though, say the ditch is not part of an easement.
“I’m the kind of person who likes to have faith in local government officials,” Stanislav said. “But I’ve had enough.”
Read more about the meeting in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.