Poland Township Park gets 40-acre addition from landfill

By Jordyn Grzelewski



Township trustees this week approved an amended host agreement with Carbon Limestone Landfill, which is a Republic Services-operated solid-waste disposal facility in the township.

The agreement officially gives the township 40 acres to add to the land the township leases from the landfill for the township park.

The township has a 99-year lease agreement with Carbon Limestone to lease the park land for $1 per year. The new addition includes a wetland area that will be used for educational purposes, a sled-riding hill and a cross-country course.

Those features have been added to the park, with help from Republic Services, over the past few years. The amended agreement finalizes the process of making them part of the park.

Also new to the host agreement is the stipulation Carbon will pay $5,000 a year to Poland village and $10,000 a year to the Mahoning County Hazardous Materials Response Agency, said township Administrator Jim Scharville.

The landfill already pays numerous other entities. For example, the township receives $60,000 per year, in addition to funding for the Western Reserve Joint Fire District and township police and road departments.

The host agreement, first approved in 1991, is between the landfill, the township, the Mahoning County District Board of Health, the county commissioners and the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District and its policy committee. It is amended periodically.

In other business, the trustees approved a $16,481 engineering agreement with MS Consultants of Youngstown for the firm’s involvement in a project that is adding a sidewalk on Dobbins Road near the township government building.

The panel also accepted the resignation of police officer Tom Johnson, who is retiring at year’s end. The township will advertise for a full-time police officer position.

Trustees opened and accepted bids for a roof-replacement project at the road department building. No award was made for that project.

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