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Resident wants term limits for city officials

August 1, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City resident Frank Micchia ended a petition drive and was able to get two of three issues on the November ballot dealing with a change in term limits for city elected officials.

The petitions were submitted on June 28, but Micchia had to wait for the Board of Elections to verify the signatures. That has been accomplished and voters will be deciding on the issues this November.

The first deals with the position of mayor. The issue calls for the mayor to be elected to a three-year term with a maximum of two terms beginning with the November 2013 election. It also states that any person currently holding the position for more than 6.5 years would not be eligible for re-election.

The second issue calls for term limits for city council positions. It calls for two-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms. It calls for a one-time, three-year term for positions open in the November 2013 election, then two-year terms thereafter.

A third petition that Micchia submitted involved placing an initiative on the ballot to prohibit the delivery of printed materials and samples onto lawns and driveways within the city. That petition, according to city attorney Mark Fortunato, did not follow the correct procedure requiring five electorates to commence the initiative and file the required petitioner's committee affidavit.

"Rather than search for ways to keep an issue off the ballot, let's look for ways to put it on the ballot," Micchia told council. "There is still time for council to allow the issue to go on the ballot."

He said after the meeting that he would do what was needed to get it placed on the ballot. If it passed, it would make it against the city laws to toss printed material onto lawns and driveways.

In other business:

Council awarded the bid for sidewalks in The Preserve to Spano Brothers Construction Company of Akron at a cost not to exceed $86,693. The project calls for sidewalk installation on Oakview Crossing, Woodland Run and Mallard Crossing.

Council approved $25,000 for repairs to the gazebo on the Village Green. The floor of the structure is in need of repair and the approved project will take place between the Concerts on the Green and the annual Fall Market.



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