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First Night banners get on the agenda early

May 10, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City Council got a glimpse of the banners that First Night Canfield hopes they can put up on the city's lamp posts later this year. First Night representative Jack Saunders displayed one during last Wednesday's meeting.

City attorney Mark Fortunato told Saunders that it would be up to City Council to determine if they want to permit them or not. He said the banners would be located within the city's right-of-way.

Last year, First Night Canfield's committee came up with the idea to display banners with a place for donors' names or businesses to be printed. In December, they found out they could not place the signs on the light poles as they had hoped for because of the city's sign ordinances. The problem was they had already sold sign space to raise money to put on the annual event.

This year the organization is not wasting time, but have approached council early to get permission. Saunders addressed one of the questions brought up concerning the banners.

"We found out that our insurance will cover the liability for the signs," he told council.

No discussion was held during the business portion of the meeting. The banner situation was tabled for the present time.

On a different matter, council again heard updates on the flooding issues in the city. The discussion was centered around retention and detention ponds.

"We have 13 of these ponds in the city," said city manager Joe Warino. "Five of them have become problems."

He said the ponds build up leaf and sediment, which cause them to fail. He said letters were sent to the five property owners of the failing ponds, asking that they be taken care of. One of the five fixed the problem. The other four have yet to do anything, Warino stated.

There was a question raised as to who is responsible for a retention or detention pond.

"If you buy property with a pond, it is your responsibility to maintain that pond," said Councilman Andy Skrobola.

He said if the pond is part of a Planned Unit Development, then the PUD becomes the owner and assumes responsibility.

Warino stated the Stratford PUD's pond is presently clogged and needs dredged. The PUD owners will be sent a letter and if it is not done within a certain time frame, the city can go in and complete the job and put a lien on the property taxes.

In other business:

Warino advised council that ODOT gave the approval to hire a consultant regarding the replacement of traffic signals in the city. He said the project was applied for in 2010 and the approval to replace traffic signals with the new LED type was approved in 2011. Warino said the state takes its good old time getting projects done.

"We're at their mercy when it comes to moving things along," he told council. "It's frustrating."



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