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Council supports county’s all-hazard mitigation plan

March 14, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

During a short Canfield City Council meeting on March 6, council approved a resolution to support the Mahoning County Multi-jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan update.

The plan update through the county was a way to update Canfield's files when it came to disaster relief. Councilman Andy Skrobola said by doing so, the city would have an easier time getting FEMA grants in the wake of a disaster like a tornado.

Council also heard the results of bid openings for leaf and brush pick up for 2013. Joe Warino said the prices have gone up.

"We've been paying the same for the last three years, he said. This year the leaf pickup is $6,500 more and brush is $2,500 more."

He said the low bid for brush pickup was $21,000 this year compared to $18,500 last year. The leaf pick up low bid come in at $35,000 compared to $28,500 in 2012.

Warino also gave an update on the city's gas aggregation program. He reported that gas prices are presently higher than the program. The rate is higher because the city went with a six-month aggregation program as opposed to an annual one. By doing so, he said the city can get better rates. The current target price is at 52 cents per ccf.

On a different matter, Councilman John Morvay reported on a request from an elderly city resident.

"She said she did not have anyone in this area in case of an emergency," Morvay said. "She wondered if the police could keep a database of contact information for people in her situation."

Warino said the police auxiliary does have a senior watch program where they visit single elderly residents to keep a check on their well-being. He said he would talk to the police chief about looking into a database program.

In other business:

Mayor Bill Kay reported a net of $2,670.33 from Mayor's Court in February.

Councilman Skrobola praised the efforts of the CHS bowling team and debate team in the recent state championship tournaments. "Debating is a tough task and our kids are really good," he said.

City attorney Mark Fortunato reported he has not received the plans on Stratford Green yet in regards to the property dispute between the development and resident John Dance.

Councilman Morvay reported a letter he received from a resident on Hilltop who was complaining about a lot of speeding on the street. Warino said he would talk to police about putting the speed trailer on Hilltop.

Council President Dan Frazzini reported on an incident that happened recently. He said he was called one evening about sewer back up in a home on Edwards Avenue. When he got there, he discovered a broken sewer cover in the street and called out city crews to put up a barricade. He asked Warino what happens when people call the city after hours. Warino said it should go directly to dispatch.



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