Canfield City Council approved the purchase of a new police cruiser to replace one of two aging vehicles in the fleet and an ordinance approving an upgrade to the security system at city hall. Both were passed at the June 5 meeting.
The replacement cruiser is not a new item, but according to city manager Joe Warino, has been budgeted. The purchase will be made at Bob and Chuck Eddy's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership in Austintown, at a cost not to exceed $24,900. The purchase also includes a decal and strobe package not to exceed $9,500.
"We will be replacing one of the two cruisers that presently have over 100,000 miles on them," Warino said. "We will be replacing the worse one."
The replaced cruiser is a 2007 Dodge Charger, which was declared as surplus so it could be sold or used for a trade-in.
Council also passed an ordinance to purchase a new security system for the police station and city hall. Warino said the present system is outdated and the new system would have more cameras and an emergency response system that includes a panic button.
Councilman John Morvay asked if there would be any ongoing prices tied to a new system. Police Chief Chuck Colucci said there would be a $33 per month fee for the panic button system.
The one-time cost of the security system upgrades would not exceed $8,100 for city hall and $17,800 for the police department.
Council also approved a motion to enter into a school resource officer agreement with the township. Under the agreement, the city would provide a resource officer at the going rate of pay and the township would pay their share of the officer. Warino said the officer would be under the direction of the police department and the city.
In other business:
Mayor William Kay said the net income from Mayor's Court for May was $4,339.91.
Approval was given for a contract modification for the East Main Street reconstruction and resurfacing project. Warino said it will require moving water lines to which the Ohio Department of Transportation agreed to fund. Mayor Kay asked if would get rid of the "dippy" manhole covers, to which Warino said would be moved to the curb and out of the lane of travel.
Morvay reported the fire district has completed its testing for the new ISO rating and the results should be known within a month. If all goes as expected, the insurance rates for township homeowners should go down.
Warino reported the state's sidewalk project along Fairgrounds Boulevard is ahead of schedule and could be finished before the original Aug. 1 deadline.
City attorney Mark Fortunato reported the soil testing for the new Canfield library is taking place this week and, once complete, the properties in question will need to be rezoned once the title transfers are made.
Morvay reported the Rotary Fly the Flag program has grown to more than 1,300 residents. He asked residents to consider joining the program, which costs $25 per year. The program has Rotary members placing flags at participants' properties for six holidays throughout the year. All the money raised through the program will stay in the community to help fund other Canfield Rotary projects and programs.
Resident Frank Micchia again addressed council asking to speak on issues as they are presented in council. Mayor Kay asked if any other government entities allow that and Fortunato said he served as a page in the Columbus Statehouse and there was no public input allowed. Micchia also said veterans have the privilege of saluting the flag during the Pledge and they don't have to be in uniform. He encouraged all veterans to salute.