After an outcry from city residents over the changes made to the gazebo on the Village Green, a change is scheduled to be made. The gazebo recently underwent a major renovation to replace the floor and rotted beams and panels.
According to city manager Joe Warino, the restoration of the gazebo came about earlier this year when rot was discovered on the flooring. With use during the summer concert series and the other events that take place on the Village Green, city crews had only a two-week window to get the floor replaced between the concerts and the Fall Market on the Green.
When they started the work, they discovered an even bigger problem. Warino said when removal of the old flooring began, it was quickly discovered the beams were infested with carpenter ants and the gazebo floor was actually holding up the structure on one side.
A look at the finished product that Canfield City Road Superintendent Marty Glista came up with to restore the gazebo back to its original look.
City Councilman Steve Rogers said the city received a generous donation from Bernard Daniels to help restore the gazebo, but the damage also involved some of the side rails, which were of an ornamental design.
"We had to install pre-fabricated vinyl railings to get it done in time for the Fall Market on the Green," Warino said.
While the Fall Market was able to use the gazebo, many city residents felt the structure had not been properly restored to represent the city's landmark.
"The more people I spoke to, the more they knew about it and were very upset," Rogers said. "Granted, we fixed the flooring through generous donations from Bernard Daniels, and I am thankful for that, but since the railing was deteriorating, someone decided to simply change it out with the spindles instead of replacing what we had. That was the very ornate design that was symbolic to Canfield for generations."
Rogers brought the complaints to the city meeting last week. Afterwards, Warino began researching how to return the original look to the gazebo. He contacted city road supervisor Marty Glista and asked if he could come up with the original design. Glista said his team could probably do it.
Warino said Glista and his crew came up with the idea of using a hole saw to make the cut pattern as it looked before. The initial piece came out picture perfect and work began on the rest of the panels. They were finished last week and painted. This week, Warino said the crew is heavily involved in leaf pick up, but once they are caught up, work can begin on the replacement.
"I think Glista and his crew did a darn good job at replicating the original look," Warino said.