Canfield City Council opened 2012 with their organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Prior to the meeting, councilmen Steve Rogers and John Morvay were sworn in by Judge Scott Hunter.
Councilman Dan Frazzini was appointed to the role of president of council for the coming year. Past President Andy Skrobola said it was time for a younger person to take the helm.
Under public comment, resident Frank Micchia addressed council with six suggestions. He mentioned council should work toward revealing more of the city's business during the meetings, becoming quicker at posting the minutes following a meeting, placing more focus on flooding issues, providing better enforcement of property maintenance violations, and dealing with speeding on city streets and littering. He told council these are challenges he suggests they consider.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse. Town Crier
Judge Scott Hunter swears in Canfield City Council’s newly elected Councilman John Morvay prior to the start of the regular city council meeting on Jan. 4. Morvay made the swearing in after attending the funeral of his father William John Morvay, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 1. Morvay read a tribute to his father during council comments.
Councilman Andy Skrobola told Micchia regarding more transparency at meetings, that council receives the ordinances at least three days in advance of the meetings. They review them and are prepared when the meeting takes place.
"When we come to the council meeting, we don't have to spend time looking at ordinances for the first time," he told Micchia. "There have been ordinances defeated and changed from time to time. Nothing is done to deceive anyone. Ordinances are posted at City Hall for anyone to read."
On the traffic situation, Micchia said increased traffic patrols are not working and he again brought up traffic calming devices such as speed humps. Mayor William Kay responded to the issue.
"When I am convinced the Canfield Police Department can't control the traffic, I'll consider speed humps," Kay said. "So far, I have only found two [residents] in the entire city in favor of them."
Regarding the flooding issues, Micchia asked council to prioritize the flooding issues and make a public plan to fix them. In answer to his comments city attorney Mark Fortunato spoke on record saying the city, since 2004, has spent $8 million on storm water management.
Steve Easton also addressed council on the concept of a detention pond near the high school to ease flooding in that area. He asked for an update and City Manager Joe Warino said the city has to wait for the February budget hearings to see which direction to go from there. He said further talks with the school would have to take place once a project plan has been put together, which will have to wait until the hearings.
In other business:
Mayor Kay reported a net income from Mayors Court at $1,792.67 for December. He said the low amount is because there was only one session held that month. He did report that the collection agency working on delinquent fines has collected more than $4,000 at no cost to the city.
City Engineer Gary Diorio reported he had met with the contractor on the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade project. He said a time line will be established and presented to the utility companies so they can be on the same page. "We want to get things rolling," Diorio said.
Council made the following appointments: to Planning and Zoning Commission, Pamela Kloss; to Design Review Committee, William Scott Fowler, Steve Rogers, and Richard Dieter; to Civil Service Commission, Douglas Toot; to Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery Board, Mark Eddy and Marleen Belfiore; to Income Tax Review Board, Charles H. Tieche; and to Cardinal Joint Fire District Board, Andrew Skrobola and Michael Clayton.