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Council approved fund transfer from defunct developers

December 13, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City Council approved the transfer of subdivision funds into the general fund at last week's city meeting. The funds were no longer necessary to be kept in special accounts to ensure subdivision improvements.

Transferred was $1,500 from the Kings Lakes Estates subdivision escrow fund, $2,159.44 from the Kings Lakes Estates subdivision deposit fund, and $1,500 from the Cobblestone subdivision deposit fund. All three were transferred to the general fund of the city. City Manager Joe Warino explained the transfer.

"Builders are required to leave funds in an escrow account," Warino said.

He said it is to ensure certain improvements within the subdivision are completed. When the builders go out of business or file bankruptcy, it is up to council to pass a resolution to authorize transfer of the funds. That allows the city attorney to get court approval for the transfer, which would be needed to move the funds.

Under public presentation Park Board member Bob Minkler spoke on recent letters to the editor concerning the people selected to boards and commissions in the city.

"I take great exception to the remark of good old boys," he said.

Minkler said the boards and commissions in the city were obtained by volunteers who wanted to give back to their communities.

"I came to the city meetings for flooding issues," he said. "I asked how I could give back to my city. There was an opening on the park board and I applied, and was selected. I don't think that any city boards obtained members by any other means than by residents who wanted to give back."

Councilman Andy Skrobola said, "More people need to know how our local government works. Knowledge on how it works is so important when it comes to voting."

In other business:

Council heard from Mary Altierre from Daughters of the American Revolution, Mahoning Chapter. She requested a sign be placed on the sign boards at the entrance to the city for their group. Warino said her organization, which has a Canfield office, meets all the requirements for a nonprofit and thus could have the signs placed. Altierre said it would be important as the organization is celebrating 120 years since it was organized in 1893.

Council John Morvay reported on a recent trip he took to Dublin, Ohio, to check out that city's technological advancements that included broadband and fiber optics.

Mayor William Kay reported the Mayor's Court net income for November was $3,749.10. He said it was lower than expected with the case load because many have signed up for the payment plan for their fines.

Park Board member Nancy Brundage thanked the Men's Garden Club of Youngstown for their recent donation of an American Elm tree that was planted on the Village Green recently.

Resident Sarah Easton asked about the flooding issues and Warino responded by saying he is still awaiting the results of a study and no other action has been taken at this time.

Resident Frank Micchia something needed to be done to relieve the flooding in the creek around the Glenview area. He asked about a list of projects that was released to which Warino replied they were transportation grants, not funding for storm water.



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