Canfield City Council chambers was full for the Jan. 16 meeting. Several neighbors around the Hickory Hollow Drive area were in attendance.
A spokesperson for the neighbors asked for an update on what the city is doing to clean up the property at 541 Hickory Hollow Drive. City attorney Mark Fortunato said the situation is presently on hold.
"The resident at that address has paid fines and has been cited many times," Fortunato said.
He said the city has removed nuisance vehicles from the property and has called in the fire district and adult services because of the situation. Presently, there is a competency hearing on the resident and he said the city was waiting for the outcome.
"That matter will be resolved by the end of February," Fortunato said. "We cannot proceed against an individual who is part of a competency hearing."
He told those in attendance that as soon as the hearing is resolved, then the city can take action. The house was declared uninhabitable and the hope is to have it torn down and the property cleaned up.
"We've been dealing with him for the past six years," said Mayor William Kay. The resident has been cited into Mayor's Court many times on property maintenance issues.
On a different matter, City manager Joe Warino informed council that the new gas meters installed last year will be activated on Jan. 30 for remote actual readings. Residents who have the new meters will see the first reading on their February bill.
Warino also mentioned that this summer ODOT will be working on the Ohio 46-Ohio 11 interchange in Columbiana. The interchange will be closed for roughly 30 days and truck traffic will be diverted. He said Canfield will likely see an increase in traffic during that time. The start date for the project has not yet been set.
In other business:
Councilman and Fire Board member Andy Skrobola said there is discussion about opening a third fire station in the next few years. Councilman John Morvay, who also serves on the fire board said a third station would affect the ISO ratings and help lower residents' insurance costs.
Mayor Kay reported the December Mayor's Court income at $3,422.11. He said for 2012, the total collected was $43,000.
"As we can see, the city is not a big speed trap to bring in income."
Resident Steve Easton asked for an update on the Saw Mill Creek flooding issues he had brought up in past meetings. Warino told him at present the engineer's contract is being renewed and that area would be looked at. He told Easton, "I don't have a project that will solve your problem."
Resident and park board member Mark Eddy reported the condition of East Main Street's north side has deteriorated from the traffic. Eddy was informed that a 100 percent grant has been received to repave East Main Street from Ohio 11 to, and including, the Village Green.
Council approved an ordinance to enter into a contract with MS Consultants for 2013 and part of 2014.
Authorization was given to the city manager to apply for State of Ohio Clean Ohio Funds through the Green Space Conservation Program to rehabilitate and replace the Verdant Drive culvert and stream within the city limits.