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Council discusses 224 signals

June 27, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City Council discussed the traffic flow coming eastbound on Main Street at the Talsman Drive intersection. The discussion involved making the eastbound center lane a left turn lane.

"I've been in the center (east-bound) lane and have seen cars move into the west-bound lane to travel up to the McDonald's entrance," said resident Nancy Brundage during public presentation.

Brundage said the intersection is an accident waiting to happen. She said she envisions a car coming the other way and a bad head-on collision coming. Councilman John Morvay said he is aware it is a problem and asked what could be done about it.

City manager Joe Warino said, "The Talsman intersection and light is under the jurisdiction of the state."

City engineer Gary Diorio said, "I know there has been talk about a turning lane. ODOT looked at it, but never did it."

Warino said he could talk with the state and see if anything can be done since the state will be again looking at signals when they add a ramp to the Canfield Fairgrounds to ease traffic back-ups.

In the city jurisdiction, council approved a change order for Foust Construction on the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade project. Foust had to order some matting material to go under the stone base that wasn't part of the original plan.

On another issue involving the project, Diorio had asked for a modification to the contract with MS Consultants regarding the inspections for the project. Diorio said the inspectors put in close to 400 hours overseeing the project to ensure the correct materials were used and procedures were done. The original contract called for 350 hours. Diorio said it was because of the contractor working 12-hour days and the fact an inspector had to be there.

"Why is the city responsible for that?" asked Mayor William Kay.

Councilman Andy Skrobola said the contract was approved and it should not be the city's responsibility if the hours were underestimated. Diorio wasn't happy to hear that but did tell council that MS Consultants will stay with the job until its done.

Council voted 4-0 to refuse the contract modification.

In other business:

Council approved authorizing the city manager to sign a contract with the Mahoning County General Health District for services.

Council approved making application for Federal Appalachian Regional Commission Funds to replace the 24-inch main water transmission line into the city. The line follows Ohio 11 and is parallel to gas lines that are causing the water lines to deteriorate. If the grant is obtained, the lines would be relocated so as not to suffer the same problem, according to Warino. He said with other grant funds, the project could end up 100 percent funded.

Mayor William Kay read a letter from American Legion Post 177 Commander Lew Speece, thanking council for their participation in the annual Memorial Day observation.

Council Steve Rogers said he received four phone calls from residents of Brookpark asking that the street be curbed. There was also a complaint about speeding on Brookpark.

City attorney Mark Fortunato said he had spoken with Star Extruded Shapes owners and they seemed willing to cooperate regarding complaints presented at a recent meeting. Rogers and Morvay said they went out to Herbert Road and didn't observe any of the extreme noises or dust that was in the original complaints.

In public comment, resident Donna Bishop spoke on the complaints. She said, "Remember, these are new homes built next to an existing factory. We need those jobs."



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