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Council discusses new library

October 28, 2013
By Melissa Moliterno , Town Crier correspondent

Construction was at the forefront of talk at Canfield City Council's Oct. 16 meeting.

Councilman John Morvay reported that residents are annoyed with all the construction going on in the city but have been understanding about the work being done.

He said the project on North Broad Street is about 39 percent complete. Asphalt placement should be done in the next two weeks on the east side of this section.

There have also been some complaints about the new turn around and parking at Village Middle School. There were cars parked on Lisbon Street backing up traffic recently. The police dealt with the problem appropriately and have worked very hard to keep the situation under control.

"A new traffic pattern was started and we have already received thanks about the new pattern," said police Chief Chuck Colucci.

All the buses are picking up students at the end of the school day in the back and pick up for parents is in the front of the school. Colucci said city government, the police department, and the school have worked very closely to resolve the situation and maintain a safe situation.

On another note, it was mentioned that the house on East Main Street, across from Giant Eagle, will be demolished. The buyer of the property said it would cost $420,000 to renovate the house into an office building.

"We don't like to tear down old structures in Canfield. We are very adamant with maintaining that historic view, but with a 3-1 vote (of the planning committee) it was decided to demolish the home." said Councilman Steve Rogers.

He said the house is very run down, unfortunately, and it is just not feasible to repair, even though that was the original plan. The house was built in the 1830s.

On a different kind of structure, council members Andy Skrobola reported the portable firehouse that was purchased is now in. He said it is available to any service organizations that would like to teach fire safety to children. The firehouse is an air-filled unit and was used recently to teach children at Hilltop about fire safety.

In other business:

Skrobola reminded everyone that "talking at our meetings is available to anybody and everybody. There are some rules to that, but we appreciate listening to anyone's comments or concerns."

Council discussed the proposed new library. It was noted that the groundbreaking for the new facility is projected for October 2014. The new library will be about four times the size of the current facility.

Skrobola moved to remove an item from the agenda because council needs to set a public hearing in regards to amending an ordinance dealing with parts of the Ohio Department of Transportation's Location and Design Manual requirements. The hearing will be held at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 prior to the next council meeting.



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