Canfield City Council members weren't pleased with a delay in the road closing planned for the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade project. The road was supposed to have been closed last week, but the contractor, Foust Construction, decided it wasn't ready to go yet.
"We got a revised schedule," said city engineer Gary Diorio. "It will continue with two-way traffic until May 7, when the road will be closed."
Diorio told council that Foust was given a window of 30 days for the road closing, but because of the revised schedule, it could be shorter. He said part of the extended time line was due to moving electric service for one building and changes in the city's water lines, which were requested by the city.
Councilman Steve Rogers asked, "They are doing a lot of work now. Does that mean the road could be closed for a shorter time?"
Diorio replied, "That is possible."
Acting council President Andy Skrobola said, "With the nice weather, Foust should have had his time shortened."
Diorio said the contractor will have 30 days for the road closing and that he wants to be sure to meet that time frame. He told council that Foust is looking to hire Canfield police officers to help with traffic flow. He said Foust also plans to put up a message board warning motorists in advance of the closing.
Once it is closed, the crews will lower the pavement at the northern end of the Village Green to Brookpark. The finished roadway will allow motorists better visibility around that intersection.
From roads to flooding, city resident Sarah Easton asked what is happening on the flood control issues facing the city. Warino informed her that he is still receiving proposals and ideas,. But the two main projects will be to deal with flooding issues on Fairview and around the Glenview area.
"I should have an update at the first city council meeting in May," he said.
In other business:
City Council approved a modification in the backflow control valve program. In past years, city residents could have a backflow valve installed on their sewer line to prevent sewer back up into the home. Warino said only 23 residents have participated since the program began in 2003. When it began, the city agreed to pay $1,000 towards the installation, but since then the back flow systems have doubled in price. With the passage of the ordinance on Wednesday, the city will now put $2,000 towards the installation.
Warino said brush pickup begins on Monday and will continue for the next three weeks.
Warino also gave notice that Columbia Gas crews were starting the week of April 23 to complete the sidewalk, drive and road repairs and lawn seeding that was left from last year's meter replacement project. He said a second crew was hired to help complete the work.