Poland Township Government, 3339 Dobbins Road, Poland, OH 44514
Phone: 330.757.0733
Poland Township Government
3339 Dobbins Road, Poland, OH 44514
Phone: 330.757.0733
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01-28-2021 Minutes

                                                                  Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting
                                                                            January 28, 2021


Members/Attendance:              X         Michael Johnston
                                                      X         Ricky Morrison
                                                      X         Albert Sciulli
                                                      X         Robert Durick
                                                      X         John Grahovac
Also in attendance:                  X          Bob Monus, Zoning Inspector
                                                     X         Michele Richards, Recording Secretary

Mike Johnston called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

Ricky Morrison made a statement about the Board’s responsibilities and objectives.

1st Order of Business: 

Mike Johnston stated that the first order of business is to approve the minutes from the meeting held on December 3, 2020.  Bob Durick made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 3, 2020 meeting.  Ricky Morrison seconded the motion. 


Yes                  Bob Durick     
Yes                  Ricky Morrison           
Yes                  Al Sciulli         
Yes                  Mike Johnston
Yes                  John Grahovac

Motion carried.

2nd Order of Business:

Mike Johnston introduced John Savarise, who was in the audience, as an alternate Board Member.

Reorganization of the Board.

Al Sciulli made a motion to nominate Mike Johnston as Chair of the Committee. Ricky Morrison seconded the motion.  Mike Johnston accepted the nomination.


Yes                  Al Sciulli         
Yes                  Ricky Morrison           
Yes                  Bob Durick     
Yes                  John Grahovac           
Abstain           Mike Johnston

Motion carried.

Mike Johnston made a motion to nominate Ricky Morrison as Vice Chair of the Committee.  Al Sciulli seconded the motion.  Ricky Morrison accepted the nomination. 


Yes                  Mike Johnston            
Yes                  Al Sciulli
Yes                  Bob Durick
Yes                  John Grahovac
Abstain           Ricky Morrison

Motion carried.

3rd Order of Business: 

Case #ZA-01-21 – This is a variance request by Michael and Carol Estok of 4280 New Castle Road, to obtain relief from minimum lot width for their property located on New Castle Road known as parcel number 41-079-0-078.02-0.  Appellant wishes to reduce the minimum lot width to construct two lots, to allow for ingress/egress to the rear where he farms and to create a second lot to build a home.  This lot is known as lot number Great Lot 70, and is situated in Poland Township, Lowellville, Ohio, in an (AG) Agricultural zoning district.

Items included in packet submitted:

  1. Zoning Permit Denial Form
  2. Application for Variance
  3. Letter of Intent
  4. Property Description (Zoning)
  5. Property Description (Auditor)
  6. Zoning District Map
  7. Aerial View Map
  8. Mahoning County Plate Map with marked location
  9. Proposed Plan for vacant lot
  10. Warranty Deed
Michael Estok
4280 New Castle Road 

Estok stated he originally offered his daughter the entire 6.3 acres, but she did not want that much property, so that is why he wants to split the parcel into two lots.  He stated he has no intention of selling the other lot.  It has been in his family for years. 

Mike Johnston asked if anyone in the audience would like to speak in favor of the request.  No one responds.  Mike Johnston asked if anyone in the audience would like to speak against the request.  No one responds. 

Al Sciulli stated he is in favor of this request.  He has known the family a long time and they are truly farmers.  He sees no reason to deny the request.  He does not see the family selling the property.

John Savarise
7554 Cobblers Run 

Savarise asked if any of the neighbors were in objection.  Estok stated no.  Mike Johnston stated the neighbors have all been notified of the meeting.  Savarise stated he is in favor of the request.

Mike Johnston stated this is a standard course of business for property like this and he has no objections to the request.

 The following motion was made:


Ricky Morrison made a motion in Case ZA-01-21 to grant the variance per the site plan submitted by the Appellant.  John Grahovac seconded the motion. 


Yes      Ricky Morrison
Yes      John Grahovac
Yes      Bob Durick
Yes      Al Sciulli
Yes      Mike Johnston

Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Submitted by:

Michele Richards/Recording Secretary

cc:        Trustees (3)
            Board of Zoning Appeals (6)
            Zoning Commission (6)
            Paul. Canter, Fiscal Officer (1)
            File (1)