At their September meeting, Canfield City Council dealt with several issues involving vacant houses, street improvements and the realigning of the Ohio 11 ramp and Fairground Boulevard.
The main issue before council was to approve a bid to demolish the home at 210 Northview Road. The bid went to B and B Wrecking out of Cleveland. City Manager Joe Warino said the structure needed to come down.
“It’s been vacant for over two years,” he said. “It has a lot of black mold and weather destruction in it.”
He said the city is working hard to keep neighborhoods looking good. The economic downturn has seen an increase in foreclosed homes all over the county. Warino said of the few that are in the Canfield city limits, most have been refurbished.
“We were able to salvage the house on Brookpark and the bank is starting to market it,” he said.
As for the Northview house, Warino said if someone were to buy the property, the city would be able to get its money back from the demolition.
With that bid awarded, council looked towards this past Friday when bids were opened for the North Broad Street improvement project. This week the bids were gone over and the awarding will take place at the Sept. 7, according to Warino.
One other project that is coming down the road was discussed and an ordinance approved by council. The ordinance called for the cooperation of the city with the state of Ohio in improving the Ohio 11 ramp to U.S. 224.
“The city is involved because of Fairground Boulevard,” Warino said. “The state wants to re-align that road with the exit ramp.”
He said the state is doing it all, but Fairground Boulevard is under the jurisdiction of the city. The ordinance simply called for cooperation for the state to work within the city. He said the project is scheduled to begin some time in 2014.
In other business:
• Warino reported that both of the city’s water tanks have been painted and refilled well in time for the fair.
• Council approved a motion to appoint Jesse Solomon to the Design Review Committee.