Poland village looks for ways to spend virus funds

POLAND — Village council is talking about things that could be done with the $85,693 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds it will be receiving.

Councilman Sam Moffie recently suggested holding a food giveaway. He said the funds could purchase food and local churches could help as giveaway locations.

“It would help anyone in need,” Moffie said.

Another idea was to use the funds to help promote events and how they would be handled. Council had found out the latest guidelines allowed for promotions that would include guidelines to follow for an event.

Western Reserve Joint Fire District Chief David Comstock said the fire district will present a list of needs to the village as far as fighting the pandemic goes.

“We ask our people to put people in an ambulance and take them to the hospital,” the chief said. “They could be exposed to COVID-19.”

He said any way the first responders can be protected needs to be considered.

One of the devices Comstock has on his list is a Lucas device, which can be used to provide chest compressions in a safer and more efficient manner that a human can.

He said his department bought a lot of masks, gloves and equipment already.

Council Anthony Lattanzio said he would like to see funds spent on outdoor areas, such as the Poland Forest.

“There are few places in the forest to sit,” he said. “The (CARES) funds can now be spent for picnic tables and benches used in outdoor settings. We can put benches anywhere on village property.”

He said in the forest, benches could be placed along trails in order to promote social distancing.



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