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Trustees hold back comments on court case

July 17, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Several residents and neighbors from around the 4500 block of Canfield-Niles Road attended the Canfield Township meeting on Tuesday, July 9 hoping to get an update on the properties at 4533 and 4575 Canfield-Niles Road.

The properties involve an old run-down farm house at 4533 and the former The Flower Mill at 4575. Both properties are in poor condition and the former flower shop has piles of road grindings lined across the old parking lot.

The residents addressed the properties during public presentation and Trustee Marie Cartwright gave the only response that could be given at this time.

"At this time we cannot give any details on the Flower Mill property," she said. "The case is in Common Pleas Court and because of that fact, we cannot release any details on the case."

She did say the numerous piles of grindings have been cited for a zoning violation.

"This [issue] has been going on for a very long time. Now it is in court," Cartwright said. "We will continue to be diligent in pursuing this matter."

On a different area of the township, administrator Keith Rogers answered the question on maintenance of the Indian Run Phase V project. He replied that regular maintenance will be needed to remove silt runoff on a regular basis. He also mentioned that the township is in talks with the Turnpike Commission regarding drainage pipes from the turnpike.

In other business:

Trustees voted to declare 9020 Briarwood Court a nuisance property.

Rogers reported the township public works department will be adding a catch basin in the parking lot at the Township Park. He said the cost for the materials would be up to a maximum of $500.

Approval was given to sign a school resource officer agreement. The township cost would be 75 percent of half the cost, estimated at $27,420. Rogers said it was an $1,867 increase over last year's agreement.

Trustees approved purchase orders of $1,056 and warrants totaling $107,955.32 as legal obligations of the township.



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