POLAND - The recent Town of Poland Board meeting saw several changes of personnel and positions in the town. The board also looked to the future of the town.
During the first privilege of the floor, Brian King addressed the board with his application for the position of dog control officer. He stated that he had been approached by several people to assist returning dog control officer Darla Rissel with the position.
Town of Poland Supervisor Jim Cooper asked King if he was aware of the duties of the job. King stated that he had talked with Ms. Rissel, and that they had agreed to split the duties so that someone should be available most of the time.
Board members agreed that King and Ms. Rissel should be a very good team for the town, since both are concerned with the welfare of animals. Cooper moved to appoint Ms. Rissel and King to the positions of dog control officer, with the term to expire Dec. 31. It was unanimously approved. Cooper also noted that the board looked forward to Ms. Rissel's monthly reports again.
Also during the first privilege of the floor, Ed Hoene, second assistant chief of the Kennedy Fire Department, came to address the board regarding questions about the fire districts.
Councilman Norm Gustafson said he was concerned about response time to outlying areas of the town from the fire hall in Kennedy on Dailey Hill Road. Chief Hoene explained the county's mutual aid system, as well as its Computer Aided Dispatch system.
The CAD system helps to determine if an emergency call is a life-threatening situation, and if so, a paramedic is dispatched from WCA, along with the appropriate rescue squad. Hoene said that when a fire alarm is sounded, mutual aid is always called out to help with the effort. He said that when Doloff road was closed, the Kennedy Fire Department began using Stone Road to reach the outlying areas of the town. He stated that the Kennedy Fire Department responded to over 270 calls last year. Board members thanked Chief Hoene for coming, and stated that they had all learned something that night.
Under legal business, Cooper asked Town Attorney Paul Webb about the letter received previously concerning property which had been deeded to the Town of Poland. Mr. Webb stated that the property had been given to the Town by as quit claim deed, and that it would be up to the property owner who sent the letter to prove that it had not been owned by the person who deeded it to the Town. The Town does not use the land, and would be willing to give it back to the owner if that is what he wants. ooper will meet with the landowner and discuss the situation with him, and then bring the issue back before the board.