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City Council puts sidewalks on hold

January 9, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City Council agreed to leave sidewalks off the east side of Timber Run Drive Extension -- at least for the near future. The move came after a request by Stonebridge Development asking to adjust the requirement for sidewalks.

According to Councilman John Morvay, who also serves as the city's representative on the Cardinal Joint Fire District Board of Directors, "The road needed to go in for safety forces to access the township."

As part of the Stonebridge Development, it is required by city ordinance 1111.03d to have sidewalks installed. There is a sidewalk on the west side of the road, but the developer wants to eliminate the sidewalks from the east side of the road as there are no homes or connecting sidewalks in place at this time.

Councilman Andy Skrobola said he is fine with the request as long as there is a bond in place to ensure the sidewalks will go in when the time comes. He said he doesn't want the city to be stuck for the installation.

City attorney Mark Fortunato said the bond is in place and a bonding company must inform the city when it is about to expire. If that time comes, the city could use the bond to finish the sidewalk on the east side.

The vote to allow for the sidewalk to be delayed on the road in question was passed 4-1. Council President Dan Frazzini cast the sole no vote.

On a different matter, residents Erica and John Richley from Herbert Road, were complaining about their mailbox being knocked over. The Richleys live on the curve on Herbert Road and Erica said she believes it could have been a snow plow that knocked it down. She also complained about the way she was treated when she attempted to call the city about the matter.

City manager Joe Warino said the downed mailbox was reported by a city road crew member on the Saturday in question. Warino said it was not a city plow that caused the damage. He said other plow trucks use Herbert, including the county and possibly the state. Private plows also use the road and anyone of them could have caused the damage. It also could have been a vehicle losing control, striking the mailbox and leaving the scene.

As for replacing the mailbox, Warino and Fortunato will review the photographic evidence and discuss what could be done, if anything.

In other business:

Council agreed to a motion for the police chief and city finance director, in that succession, to fill the position of city manager in the absence of Warino at anytime during the 2013 calendar year.

Council approved a resolution to cooperate with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the planned milling and paving of U.S. 224 (East Main Street) from Ohio 11 to the Village Green, including Ohio 46 and U.S. 62 around the Green. The resolution didn't have a start date for the project, but Warino did comment on the fact the repaving would not cost the city as it was 100 percent funded by ODOT.

Council also adopted the salary and benefits ordinance that includes salary and hourly non-union positions.



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