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Buffer zones, noise complaints top city meeting

June 27, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City Council heard complaints from a large group of residents regarding noise complaints and buffer zone restoration at last week's meeting. Several residents voiced their opinions on each issue.

Regarding the buffer zone, Brookpark resident John Dance again addressed council on the matter.

"I want to know what can be done to fix this problem," Dance said. "The lack of privacy has diminished all our property values."

The issue involved the residents of Brookpark Drive whose property borders the northern border of the Stratford Green condo development. A few condo owners had removed a buffer zone of vegetation and trees that bordered the backyards of Brookpark residents. Dance had been attending council meetings for that past several months in an attempt to get the buffer zone replaced, which he said was part of the original plan when the development was built.

The condo association owners involved had removed a shed built on the buffer zone, but Dance was not pleased that the trees and vegetation has not been restored to its full capacity. Councilman Andy Skrobola said the matter should go to a court.

"This is a civil matter now," Skrobola said. "The only thing the city can do is cite the condo association for removing the buffer zone."

He told Dance his best bet for action would be to take it to a civil court.

Another Brookpark resident concerned about a rumor the condo association was going to replace the buffer with a mound of dirt, was Lori and Dave Moore.

"We understand the condo Association is looking at mounding," said Lori Moore. "We spent $10,000 to put drainage around our lot. We don't want to see more water runoff added to our problem."

City Manager Joe Warino said the city had asked the condo association for a landscape plan on restoring the buffer zone.

"We made it clear and on record that we wanted a plan," he said.

On the issue of noise, several residents were in attendance regarding the noise coming from Star Extruded Shapes on Herbert Road. Residents were complaining about crashing sounds and a new whine that has been continuous throughout the night. The whine was said to be a new noise that was causing problems for residents up to a half mile away. Warino and city attorney Mark Fortunato said they would speak to the management at Star and see what could be done. Fortunato said the business owners had been very cooperative in trying to solve problems, but he said it is an industrial zone.

In other business:

Council approved a motion to authorize attorney Michael Grove to obtain information regarding the city's mineral rights for the Redgate Farm property. Skrobola said, "We want a clear understanding of just what we have out there."

Mayor Bill Kay brought up the safety of the intersection at Cardinal and Brookpark drives where a young man was struck by a vehicle seven weeks ago. He said there needs to be a clear crosswalk at the intersection leading to the high school property. Warino said M.S. Consultants has completed the preliminary work to place a crosswalk at that location.



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