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City approves police contract

October 27, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
At last Wednesday’s Canfield City Council meeting, the big issue was the announcement that the police department contract had been ratified.

City manager Joe Warino said the contract is a three-year one with wage increases of 1.5 percent in each year. He said the police bargaining unit gave up longevity and agreed to a graduating health care co-pay with 10 percent in year one, 11 percent in year two and 12 percent in year three.

On another issue, Warino reported on the North Broad Street project that will see a lowering of the road surface at the end of the Village Green. He said the pre-construction meeting was held, but an official start date is still undecided.

“The question is, do we want to tear up the road and maintain a temporary road surface through the winter, or wait until spring to put in a permanent surface,” Warino said.

He said by waiting until spring to shut down the road, when the lowering is complete, the new surface would be a permanent one. If the project begins now and the road is lowered, the work will run into winter months when a permanent surface would not work. In those cases, a temporary surface is put down that would require a lot of maintenance until the permanent one could be installed. Over the next week, the plans will be discussed and a decision made.

“We should have a schedule by next meeting,” Warino said.

As for the detour, the city plans on using Hilltop to Talsman, but that brought some concerns at the meeting over large commercial vehicles using those neighborhoods. Warino said the only possible alternative for commercial vehicles would be to use Mahoning Avenue in Austintown to Ohio 11 south to U.S. 224.

“The Hiiltop-Talsman detour would be more for local residential traffic,” Warino said.

He concluded with stating the road (North Broad) would be shut down for around 30 days.

In other business:

• Council approved endorsing the 4.9 mill Canfield school levy on the November ballot.

• Council agreed to pass a motion in opposition to a state proposed amendment to the state budget bill that would have the state collecting city income taxes for the cities. It would include a fee to the state for handling the collection. All council members were opposed to the amendment.

“There would be a fee involved for what we now collect on our own,” Warino said. “Let’s make it optional for those small cities who may want to use it.”

• Council approved renewing the city manager's contract for three years.

• Warino announced that he is having the sewer systems on Bradford and Deer Trail, that runs through backyards, videotaped. The equipment from the county will be used and the taping will reveal if there are any failures or blockage in the pipes. He said repairs will be made for any problems found.



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