Canfield Township trustees approved repairs and new landscaping at last week's meeting and no time was wasted in getting started. The project will solve problems while giving a new look to the front of the 1884 structure that has served Canfield residents since it was built.
"We had a moisture issue in the basement and our sidewalks were cracked and heaving," said township chair Marie Izzo-Cartwright. "That is was initiated a project to redo the front landscape."
Cartwright said the moisture problem was in the structure's basement. Cracks in the old drainage tile was causing water leaks during heavy rains. On top of that problem, the sidewalks were becoming tripping hazards as they were cracked and rising. The same was happening with the driveway approach.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Mario DiMartino and Ronnie Foy from Elliott’s Landscaping went to work on a beautification project at Township Hall last week. The front lawn was upgraded to fit the style of the Village Green in a project to improve the look of the historic building.
"Our drive approach was uneven with the walks and created a trip hazard for pedestrians," said Township Administrator Keith Rogers. "We wanted to replace the approach and make it safer for all concerned."
The township road crew assisting in digging up the foundation and replacing the drain tile. Once that was complete, Elliott's Landscaping began work on the lawn area along the side and in front.
The project's low bid was awarded to Elliott at the recent trustees meeting, approved at a cost not to exceed $12,000. It includes tearing out the old steps and walkway to the front door and replacing it with a cobblestone walk extending from the main sidewalk to the front of the building. It will include steps to the second set of doors that will be used as an emergency exit.
Also included will be four "Lightscape" light posts that will provide light to the new walks. Two coach lights will be added along the driveway on the side of the building as well.
"The lights will be similar to those the city uses around the Village Green," Cartwright said. "They will be energy efficient and will help make the front of Township Hall a lot nicer."
Topping off the project, Elliott's will add some bushes and flowering plants across the front to make for a more appealing look.
Rogers said if all goes well, the project should be completed in about a week.