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Speeders talk of city meeting

Residents worried about kids walking to bus stops

October 13, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
With a light agenda, most of the Oct. 5 Canfield City Council meeting was spent discussing speeders on city streets. Several residents were concerned because of the longer walks children now take because of the cutbacks in bus stops by the school district.

Callahan Road resident Vicki Palmer told council, “The children are walking in the street to the new bus stop and a lot of cars are doing 45 miles per hour.”

She told council she had contacted the police regarding the issue, but that she felt she was being ignored.

“The police are aware of the problem,” said council President Andy Skrobola. “but they don’t have enough people to get to all of the [streets].”

Julie Dudash, another Callahan resident said, "I would like to see stop signs put up to slow the cars down.”

City attorney Mark Fortunato replied that Ohio law prohibits the use of stop signs as a traffic calming solution. He said placing a stop sign on Village Boulevard or Winona could bring a liability issue to the city.

Fairview Avenue resident Donna Bishop said the speeding problem was not confined to just Callahan.

“There are a lot of speeders on my street too,” she said. “It’s amazing how many of those speeders are our neighbors.”

Bishop also commented that her vehicle was broken into during the Canfield Fair and that items were taken. She said when the officer arrived to take the report, he had to leave on a call from Giant Eagle.

“He had to go to Giant Eagle because a customer had opened a bag of chips and was eating them," Bishop said. “How many times have I seen cruisers at Giant Eagle dealing with petty problems. We need them on the streets.”

Wrapping up the discussion, Councilman Dan Frazzini said he has been getting a fair share of complaints about speeding.

"I have a list of 18 streets that I get calls on regarding speeders,” he said.

Councilman Steve Rogers said, “It is becoming a major complaint.”

From speeding, the issue turned to flooding. Bishop, in her address to council, said her street is still getting standing water, but there is “no water laying on the Fairgrounds.”

“It’s all draining onto Fairview,” she said.

She asked if the fairgrounds was getting water and sewer for free.

City Manager Joe Warino replied, “The fairgrounds does pay for water and sewer,” he said. “It’s being metered like any city customer and they are paying for it.”

On the other side of town, Steve Easton from Glenview asked if the city and Board of Education have gotten together over the flooding issue on Glenview. He said if a detention pond were placed on the high school property, it could ease the problem.

Warino said no formal discussions had been held on the issue. He said the city needs to know what can be done before coming up with a plan.

“Informally, the Board of Education is willing to cooperate with us,” Warino said.

In other business:

• City resident Frank Micchia discussed signs in the right-of-way, property maintenance issues and roof stains.

• City engineer Gary Diorio said a pre-construction meeting has been set for 10 a.m. Oct. 12 regarding the North Broad Street safety upgrade. After that meeting work can begin.

• Mayor Bill Kay reported the Canfield Mayor’s Court income for September was $4,054.18. He noted that almost half of those appearing in Mayor’s Court on traffic charges did not have vehicle insurance.

• Mayor Kay read a letter from a CVMS student requesting that Halloween be held on Oct. 29 instead of Oct. 31. The student wrote that because Monday is a school day, the students have to get their sleep and that Saturday would be a better option. Warino said for this year, the date Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. had already been published, but it is an issue that could be discussed next year.

 
 

 

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