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Zoning complaints addressed at city meeting

November 10, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Zoning issues took up most of the public forum with resident Frank Micchia questioning a property in violation at last week’s Canfield City Council meeting.

Micchia questioned what was being done at a property on Hickory Hollow.

“The city and Board of Health should be there,” Micchia said. “It is a really bad property.”

Although the exact address wasn’t given, city officials did know which property Micchia was referring to. City attorney Mark Fortunato said the city has had several vehicles removed and has called in the Board of Health. He said the Board of Health took no action against the property owner.

Fortunato went on to explain that when a property has a zoning violation, it goes directly to the zoning inspector. He said it has to be a zoning violation for the inspector to take action. Property maintenance issues go directly to the city manager to deal with.

When asked how the zoning inspector finds violations, City Manager Joe Warino said, “He acts on complaints that are called in, or if he sees it while out and about. If it is a zoning issue he can move on it or turn it over to me or the police department.”

Fortunato told council he is currently working on the property maintenance code and is looking at adding the words “obscured from public view” regarding vehicles. He said he is also working on legislation regarding parking commercial vehicles in residential areas.

In other business:

• Warino said he received a petition from the residents on Neff Drive requesting sidewalks be installed. He mentioned there is a 80-percent Safe Schools grant that could cover the cost of sidewalks within two miles of a school. Neff Drive could fall under that grant.

• Mayor William Kay praised the city road department for preparing a grave site for a new headstone while heavily involved in leaf pickup. He said they don’t get enough recognition for all the good work they do.



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