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Former Park Board member honored at city meeting

By J.T. Whitehouse

January 23, 2014
The Town Crier

Newly installed Mayor Bernard Kosar exercised his first authority at the Jan. 15 Canfield city council meeting by issuing a proclamation and presenting a key to the city to former parks, recreation and cemetery board member Nancy Brundage.

"This is for all your years of service," Kosar told Brundage, who served on the board from 1995 through 2013.

Kosar commended Brundage for her efforts during her time on the board. As a board member, Brundage secured the city's Tree City designation each year by handling the necessary paperwork and attending the Tree City conventions to obtain new flags and the decals for the signs at the edge of town. She also was instrumental in putting together the annual Arbor Day ceremony at the elementary schools.

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Canfield's new mayor, Bernard Kosar, presented his first official proclamation at the Jan. 15 meeting by giving long-time park board member Nancy Brundage the key to the city.

Kosar also presented the Mayor's Court report for December. He said the gross revenue from the court was $6,525 and the net income to the city was $4,746. The December court was under former mayor William Kay. Kosar said he will be attending a two-day class this month so he can take over the court.

One thing Kosar said he wanted to address was the reputation Canfield Police have concerning the handling of speeding motorists and issuing citations.

"I want to share a little information about police stops," Kosar said. "In 2013, police made 4,556 traffic stops. Of those, 3,875 motorists received verbal or written warnings. Less than one in six got a ticket. I wonder if we deserve the reputation we have."

In other business:

* City Manager Joe Warino reported on a thank you letter from the Canfield Board of Education regarding a police department donation for $499.99 towards the school's anti-bullying campaign.

* Warino reported that the Ohio Department Of Transportation (ODOT) will begin a re-signalization project in April at a cost of $850,000. He said the entire funding will come from ODOT.

* City Attorney Mark Fortunato reported a few citations have been sent out to residents who were not submitting the proper information to comply with the city income tax laws.

* Council approved a change order for a decrease of $31,418.78 for J.C.M. Contracting involving the replacement of the Canfield 24" water transmission line. The new contract price after the change order is now $164,181.22.

* Council approved the replat of city lot 929 at 530 West Main St.

* Council authorized the payment of excess insurance premiums. Warino explained there was a decrease in July of 2013 and employees who paid the required amount were eligible to have the excess refunded.

* Resident Frank Micchia addressed council and offered challenges for the coming year. One challenge was to deal with speeding on city streets.

* Resident Mike Kubitza thanked council for finally getting a project to deal with flooding issues in the Fairview area.



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