Canfield City Council heard about safety concerns on the North Broad Street project at the Nov. 27 meeting and heard a report of a new fire station in the future.
On the North Broad Street project, several residents had contacted council members regarding the creek that crosses under the street. The contractors had poured the new curbs on the west side of the road prior to the snowfall, but were unable to complete the section over the creek.
"There is a concern about the creek area as being dangerous," said Councilman John Morvay.
He was referring to the fact the construction crew had placed orange barrels at the edge of the road, but there was a worry that a vehicle could go over the edge. City Manager Joe Warino said the work crews had to install two wing walls before they can complete the work there. Both Councilmen Andy Skrobola and Steve Rogers said the issue needs to be addressed.
On another matter, Morvay, who serves on the Cardinal Joint Fire District Board of Directors, said the board has identified property on Herbert Road near the Township Park as a location for a third fire station.
"We are looking at 2015 or 2016 for constructing the new station," he told council. "We are beginning to set the funds aside for it now."
On another fire board issue, board member and Councilman Andy Skrobola said the house across from the Colonial Plaza on East Main Street was to be used for fire department training and was to be burnt to the ground afterwards. He said everything was cancelled after asbestos was found in the building.
In other business:
Warino reported all the liquor licenses in the city are up for renewal. They will all expire on Feb. 1 and if the city wanted to object to any they could. Warino said he spoke with the police department and none of the licenses have been a problem.
Warino reported the North Broad Street Phase 5 project could be eligible for an 80-20 federal grant. He said right now the grant is scheduled for 2018, but if the design work was done, it could go sooner.
Mayor William Kay reported he had 61 cases in Mayor's Court at the last session. He said he wasn't sure why there has been such an increase in traffic citations in the past few weeks.
Under public comments, Mike Kubitza asked for an update on the Fairview flooding situation. Warino told him there was $1 million dollars in loan grants that were not applied for and the city had a better than 50 percent chance to get the funds. He said the Fairview project was next on the list.
Council approved an ordinance that brings the city's income tax code up to present-day standards.
Council approved a change order for Foust Construction for the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade Phase 2 after having to deal with a water line issue under the culvert.
Approval was given for Warino to enter into a lease agreement with the Chrysler Corporation for a patrol car. Warino said the lease is for zero dollars for one year with the option to purchase the cruiser at fair market value at the end of the lease.