Canfield City Council approved a resolution changing the way businesses have to report withholding tax payments of employees. All businesses with more than 25 employees will now be required to file electronically.
"Our finance director used to receive [the information] on a disk or in paper format," said city manager Joe Warino. "The new electronic filing will reduce a lot of time for our tax department."
The new ordinance calls for the targeted businesses to file its reconciliation electronically in the same format as that required by the Social Security Administration. Councilman Andy Skrobola said the electronic filing will be more efficient for the city.
On another issue of efficiency, council passed an ordinance to authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with Ohio Edison for use of its telephone poles. The use is for fiber optics lines that will run from the administration building west to Cardinal Drive and east to Hillside Drive. The lines will be used for the Ohio Department of Transportation's U.S. 224 signal rehabilitation and replacement project. The cost of the basic engineering service was approved at a maximum of $6,050.
Council also held a discussion and changed the leaf pick up dates for this year. Council was in agreement that leaf pick up should run after Thanksgiving because so many residents are off work for four days and use that time to work in the yard cleaning up leaves.
The decision was made to run leaf pickup from Oct. 16 through Dec. 2. Warino said the leaves used to be transported south on Ohio 46, but with the road being closed for the bridge replacement, it created a problem. The leaf trucks make an average of six trips a day to unload.
"The Canfield Fairgrounds is allowing us to temporarily dump our leaves there until they can be moved down 46," Warino said.
In other business:
Council approved trick-or-treat hours for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
Council approved an ordinance to create a federal OVI Task Force grant fund. Warino explained that the city of Canfield is serving as administrator for the county OVI Task force for the third straight year.