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City projects will start after the fair

August 21, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City Council eased concerns over two big projects during last week's meeting. City manager Joe Warino said both have a start date of Sept. 9, after the Canfield Fair.

The projects included the North Broad Street safety upgrade that will see the continuation of curbs, sidewalks and street lighting. The second involved the resurfacing of U.S. 224 through the city. After meetings on the projects, council decided to start after the fair to ease traffic problems.

Council also approved JCM as the low bidder to replace 300 feet of 24-inch main water transmission lines coming into the city. Warino said there have been three breaks in the line over the past two years.

Another future project was brought up by resident Mike Kubitza from Fairview Avenue. He asked about the Maple Street storm water situation.

"In 2002, a second drain was put in," he said. "It didn't flood until they fixed it."

Warino said it looks like the Maple Street stormwater issue is a big bottleneck for water flow. He said it will be the highest priority project for Issue II funding when it is time for applications.

Warino also mentioned another concern from a Chapel Lane resident complaining of street water runoff coming into his garage. After investigating, Warino found the curbs on that street are diminishing and allowing the water to flow over them. He told council the curbs needed to be restored.

Also on the agenda were two ordinances calling for charter amendments to be placed on the November ballot. The first involves term limits of three years and two consecutive terms, or six years, for anyone serving on boards, commissions and committees. Resident Frank Micchia had obtained the needed signatures on a petition to place the issue on the November ballot and council had to approve it.

Councilman John Morvay said, "Term limits will limit the time for valuable people. How will we replace Nancy Brundage or Mark Eddy on our Park Board? It would be very difficult."

The second issue involved having the right as a resident to attend any board commission or committee meeting and to speak and ask questions prior to any final vote. Micchia had also obtained the petition to put it on the ballot.

In public forum, Micchia spoke on the two charter amendments and brought up a third one that city attorney Mark Fortunato turned down because it would create a conflict.

"The proposed charter amendment would have created an inconsistency," he said. "As a simple example, the charter may say all meetings must be held on Wednesday and the charter amendment would say all meetings must be held on Tuesday. It would have created a conflict in the city charter that could not be resolved."

The third amendment involved being able to speak on any issue before council when it is on the table and outside of public presentation.

Councilman Andy Skrobola said any resident can come to a meeting and, if he or she has questions about an item up for vote, can simply ask council to hold it until the following meeting.

Council did approve placing the two charter amendments on the November ballot. While council was doing what the law required, they didn't support the changes.

"These amendments are not supported by council," Skrobola said. "It is simply a matter of authorizing the placement on the ballot. I hope that voters understand and read the proposed charter changes to make the right decisions."

In other business:

John Morvay said Canfield Rotary is partnering with the Cardinal Joint Fire District at this year's Canfield Fair and will be hosting the department's portable fire house. Rotary has purchased plastic fire hats to be handed out to children visiting the exhibit.

Council approved replacement pages to the codified ordinances to reflect changes from the state of Ohio. Warino said this is done on an annual basis to keep the city ordinances up to date and the changes on the agenda were adjusting fines to be in line with the Ohio Revised Code.

Council approved entering into a contract for health services with the Mahoning County General Health District.

A letter from an undisclosed resident was mentioned. It concerned a neighbor who was feeding raccoons and squirrels and reported raccoons being seen in the daylight hours.



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