The North Broad Street safety upgrade project is set to begin this week. The equipment is in place and detour signs will be going up, according to statements made at last week's Canfield City Council meeting.
City manager Joe Warino said North Broad Street will be closed for about a month at the south end of the Village Green. That phase of the project calls for the lowering of the road to allow for better visibility to the north.
"The overall project will take three months," Warino said. "North Broad will be closed for about a month, but Brookpark will remain open."
He said traffic on Brookpark will only be allowed to turn left. Although the road will remain open, there may be some delays as crews work to add a third turning lane on Brookpark.
Warino told council that entities such as the school, police and fire will be notified so travel can be adjusted.
Council also approved two change orders for Foust Construction. One was for test boring to determine the present pavement structure and for field surveys outside the existing right-of-way in the area between Skyline Drive and Hilltop Drive so fill slopes can be provided to prevent flooding on properties near the construction.
The second resolution was for the work to install and mark detour routes. The truck route will be U.S. 224 to Ohio 625 to U.S. 62 and U.S. 224 to Ohio 11 to Mahoning Avenue to Ohio 46. The total cost for detour signage came in at $6,158.25.
In other business:
City attorney Mark Fortunato gave an update to a recent complaint about a non-conforming use home that is serving as a duplex on East Main Street. He said because of the time it has been a duplex and the fact that there is no proof of a long gap in its usage, forcing it to return to a single family home would be difficult.
City resident Frank Micchia addressed council on several issues, one that regarded his ability to speak in a public meeting. Micchia said he believes he should have the right to address issues that come up before council at any time during the meeting. The present system allows for public response during a specific segment of the meeting.
Warino entered a letter into the minutes from American Legion Post 177 requesting financial help in putting on the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony.
Warino informed council that brush pick up would begin around the end of April and continue through mid-May.
Warino informed council that a crew has been working on the vacant home on Fairview and that he had obtained information that will provide a good lead in tracking down the present owner.
Fortunato informed council he is presently working on legislation to control electric signage and is exploring oil and gases leases within the city, including Red Gate Farm property the city owns in the township.