Canfield City Council approved a non-conforming use for a property on South Broad Street that is next to the county-owned building near the intersection with Fairground Boulevard. The owner wanted to operate a business like those in a B-3 district, but the present zoning is for R-3.
City manager Joe Warino said to seek a rezoning from residential R-3 to business B-3 to be able to operate a retail business would require the property owner to have a minimum of five acres. Warino said all is not lost as the owner could combine with the county to make the five-acre minimum, then could go for the zone change.
"As a temporary measure, council is allowing for the nonconforming use," Warino said.
There were no area residents at the public hearing portion of the meeting to speak for or against the nonconforming use issue.
City Council also accepted Platt 8 of the Stonebridge Development in the north section of the city. The city will take over maintenance of the roads. The platt has three available lots, of which one has been sold. Warino said there is one more platt yet to go in the development.
Moving from city streets to highways, council passed a resolution to accept Ohio Department Of Transportation signal replacement project for the intersection of U.S. 62 (Lisbon Street) and Ohio 446. Approval for the replacement was needed as the project is within the city limits.
In other business:
A resolution was approved to allow the city manager to make an application to Eastgate Regional Council of Governments for the installation of a message board on the Village Green. The board would replace the current wooden one and would allow for instant messages such as traffic reports during the fair and sporting events. It could also handle items such as Amber Alerts.
Council recognized police Chief Chuck Colucci for his professionalism in the handling of the murder-suicide case last week.
Following the regular council meeting, city officials went into budget hearings by taking department wish lists and budget concerns into consideration for a finalized budget for 2012.