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Mayor sets record straight on police reputation

February 27, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Mayor Bernie Kosar addressed the Canfield City Council meeting Feb. 19 in order to set the record straight on the reputation of the city's police department. He said the police are not out to write tickets every time they pull a vehicle over.

He brought up the January Mayor's Court report that saw a record $9,500 gross income from fines. He said while it seemed like a lot in fines, it didn't paint the real picture.

''In January there were 260 traffic stops made by Canfield police officers,'' he said. ''One out of six of those stops resulted in a citation being issued. The other five out of six were motorists that were issued a written or verbal warning.''

He said that was proof that officers do give motorists a break and are not out to run up the number of citations. He said the belief Canfield police are ticket-happy is not deserved and felt the proof was in the numbers.

On a different matter, residents addressed council on a continued request to work on the flooding issues for the Sawmill Creek area. Resident Steve Easton from Glenview Road asked if there was anything in the 2014 budget to help deal with the flooding that has taken place in previous years along the creek.

Council member John Morvay said the budget was not yet complete, but it would be under advisement.

Another Glenview resident, Frank Micchia also spoke on the Sawmill Creek issue.

''We need to look at ways to move water out of the city quickly,'' he told council. ''The smaller creeks in the city are in need of being cleared of debris.''

In other business council:

* Set a public hearing for 5:45 p.m. March 19 regarding the proposed zone changes for the two properties owned by the public library that will be part of the new library;

* Approved an ordinance creating the Fairview Drive Storm Water Management Fund;

* Approved the replat of City lots 1498 and 1499 on Fairground Boulevard by Jeff Kuczek;

* Approved the city manager submitting an application for funding under the Safe Routes to School program; and

* Resolved to file an application with Eastgate Regional Council of Governments for an ODOT Transportation Alternatives program grant for the East Main Street sidewalk replacement project.



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