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September 12, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

A lot of discussion took place at last week's Canfield City Council meeting. Updates were given for the two projects slated to begin this week on North Broad Street and East Main.

"The North Broad Street safety upgrade is slated to begin on Sept. 9," said city engineer David Tabak. "Both that project and the U.S. 224 (East Main Street) project will be going on at the same time."

The North Broad Street project will involve the continuation of the widening, addition of sidewalks and curbs and street lighting from Neff Drive to just beyond St. Michael Church. Tabak said it is expected to last about three months, and two-way traffic will be maintained, but there may be inconveniences.

The East Main Street project is under the Ohio Department of Transportation. It will include sewer work, grinding and repaving from Talsman Drive to around the Village Green and a part of U.S. 62.

Junior Women's League members expressed concern for their Market on the Green, scheduled for Sept. 21. The JWL depends on the event as its major fundraiser they asked how the two projects would affect the parking and access to the Village Green.

"ODOT assured me they would only be working on the sewer lines over the next couple of weeks," said City Manager Joe Warino. "They said they would not be working weekends."

He said there should not be a problem with the Market on the Green and ODOT would not be doing the road grinding and paving until after the event.

Tabak said one thing that will make both projects run smoother is the fact that the contractor doing the sewer work for the state is also the one who will handle the North Broad project.

"Both will be coordinated," he said.

Councilman Andy Skrobola said, "We have to be patient for a while with the traffic over the coming weeks."

On top of the North Broad, East Main, and the Ohio 46 project that has closed the route between Leffingwell and Western Reserve Road for a culvert replacement, a fourth project will also begin soon. City Council approved a contract with Michael Benza and Associates, Inc. for bidding assistance, project management, and residential project inspection services for the replacement of a portion of the city's 24-inch water transmission line. Warino said the city got a grant to pay the lion's share.

"Now that the fair is behind us, I would like to begin as soon as possible," Warino said.

The contract with Michael Benza and Associates is not to exceed $28,500. Council also approved entering a contract with J.C.M. Contracting of New Springfield for the water line replacement project at a cost not to exceed $195,600.

In other business:

Mayor William Kay reported Canfield Mayor's Court netted $3,173.09 for the month of August. He said it is the first month since the change of court costs from $60 to $75.

"We will be adjusting the fines later this year," he said.

Warino reported that Armstrong has informed him that residents presently using cable with an analog television will need to get a box as the company is beginning to switch to digital signals.



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