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Post-election complaints aired at city council meeting

November 14, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

At the Nov. 6 meeting of Canfield City Council, the recent ballot issues were discussed by residents during public comments.

Resident Sam Boak said, "The charter amendments will have an impact on this city. I feel what has taken place will take our city backwards. Enough people were not educated on these issues."

He said the compassionate people on the boards, committees and commissions in the city will be very hard to replace. He also commented to council that they should have been more active by standing at the polls to help educate the voters.

Mayor William Kay said the council members had done a lot. He noted that he personally had contacted more than 100 people by phone to discuss the charter amendments.

Councilman Andy Skrobola said while the charter amendment regarding public comment prior to any vote was approved by a majority, the other amendment for term limits passed by only a couple of votes. He said there are 17 provisional ballots yet to be counted that could change that outcome.

The author of the two charter amendments, Frank Micchia, that were on the ballot also addressed council. He complained about having political signs removed by the zoning inspector.

"Several of my political signs were removed by the zoning inspector," he said. "There were also some 'no vote' signs that were in violation that were not removed."

Kay said some of the "no vote" signs were stolen and couldn't be recovered.

The only other public speaker was resident Steve Easton, who asked if any progress was being made between the Broker culvert and the Glenview culvert on Saw Mill Run Creek. City manager Joe Warino told him that Issue II funds had been applied for, but at this point in time, the funding was not looking good.

In other business:

Warino reminded residents that leaf pickup will continue this year until Dec. 2. He reminded residents to place leaves at the curb, but not in the street.

A discussion was held over a request from Canfield Rotary to have four electrical boxes placed on the corners of the Village Green. The cost of project would be covered by Rotary, except for reseeding the ground. The request was for the city to do that in the spring. Because the request was tied to the Christmas lighting of the Green, a verbal approval was given. City attorney Mark Fortunato said he wanted to check into the legal aspects for placing the boxes and if all was in order, the project could begin. Council President Dan Frazzini said those working on the project need to be aware of a water line running across the green to the drinking fountain.

Mayor Kay reported Mayor's Court had received $5,543.08 from fines for the month of October.

Council approved an ordinance to amend the city's Codified Ordinances that will bring the site distance and visibility issues up to current Ohio Department Of Transportation specifications.

Warino said the Main Street and Village Green paving program is complete and crews are working on striping the road. He said there are still issues with three manhole covers that are still not at grade. His other concern was the application of asphalt during temperatures that may not have been suitable.



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