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City honored for clean audit

September 29, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The city of Canfield was among 10 entities to receive an Auditor of State Award for its excellent and clean audit reports. The award was officially announced by mail on Sept. 13.

“It was certainly a big plus for our city auditor Sandy Mayberry,” said Canfield city manager Joe Warino.

To be named to the award list, an entity must meet specific criteria, according to information provided by the Auditor of State’s office in Columbus. It stated that the state auditor handles more than 5,600 state and local government agencies, including school districts. Only 10 Ohio entities received the clean audit, of which only two were Ohio cities.

While the audit proved to be a success, the city dealt with two projects that required a change order. Warino said the city’s 2011 paving project and the Northeast Stormwater project were both wrapped up and came in under the approved budget amount. On the stormwater project, Foust Construction decreased the contract by $6,073.40. On the paving project, Diorio Paving Inc. lowered their contract amount by $9,718.26. Council approved both change orders.

In other business:

• Councilman Steve Rogers brought up the issue of natural gas aggregation rates after talking with several residents. He said several surrounding communities had lower rates than Canfield was able to contract for. The difference involves the company that transports the gas over their lines. Canfield City uses Columbia Natural Gas while neighboring communities use Dominion East Ohio. According to Warino, the transportation costs for Columbia are higher, and Canfield is getting the best possible rates.

• Council approved setting up a fund for the OVI Task Force. Warino said the city police department will host the task force and will handle the funds to establish OVI checkpoints throughout the year.

• Approval was given to change pages in the city’s codified ordinances to reflect changes in state law.

• The replat of city lot 470, part of 100 and part of 101 at 361 Broad St. by Anthony Gemma was approved.

• An ordinance amending the annual appropriations was approved and will include the cost of demolishing the house at 210 Northview and the replacement of the water lines on Skyline and Callahan. Warino said he can now put the project to bid and award the bid.

• Regarding leaf pickup, no dates had been set yet as council is looking at whether or not to extend the service past Thanksgiving.


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