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Parks board looking at ADA playground

April 10, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Bob Minkler from the City of Canfield Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board addressed council with plans the board has for the coming months. He addressed the Tree City designation as well as a desire to make city playgrounds accessible for handicapped children.

''On April 17, we will do a review of our existing playgrounds,'' he said. ''We will look at what they lack and develop a plan.''

Minkler said he has some leads on grants to provide Americans with Disabilities Act approved playgrounds.

He also informed council that he will be attending the Tree City awards ceremony this month to accept the 34th annual award for Canfield. Part of qualifying for the award is to hold an Arbor Day ceremony, which this year has been set for 9:30 a.m. May 15.

On a different issue, city attorney Mark Fortunato spoke on a legal case where the city of Canfield was being sued for damages from not providing public records. He said the issue began after the State Supreme Court issued a ruling that a person could be awarded up to $1,000 in damages when public records are not made available.

After that ruling was made, Fortunato said there were some people who went out to make an easy buck by requesting records they knew were no longer available. They came after the city for old reel-to-reel tapes which were erased and recorded over many years ago. The tapes were discarded when the old recording devices became extinct.

Fortunato said the courts recently ruled in Canfield's favor and the window to file an appeal had passed. Those requesting the records were found to not have access to a machine that played reel-to-reel tapes. Fortunato said with the expired appeal time, the case is now officially closed.

In other business council:

* Approved participating in the Ohio Department of Transportation's program to purchase sodium chloride. City Manager Joe Warino said it would involve a summer and winter buying period. The summer would be for stocking salt bins while the winter contract would be for maintaining a supply.

* Approved the purchase of an International dump truck, dump body, snow plow and salt spreader at a cost not top exceed $118,000. The vehicle will replace a 1997 dump truck.

* Approved to purchase a new police vehicle for the Canfield Police K9 unit at a cost not to exceed $27,900. The purchase will be made from Chuck and Bob Eddy's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, who under-bid the lowest state purchasing price.

* Approved applying for Federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Funds program through Eastgate Regional Council of Governments for the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade-Phase III. Warino said the funding would be an 80/20 matching grant and Ohio Public Works grant funding could be used towards the 20 percent to make it 100 percent funded. The project would continue the safety upgrade from Dartmouth Drive to the Ohio Turnpike bridge.

* Moved to accept the month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

* Heard from resident Frank Micchia who reported phone book deliverers were tossing the new phone books on the driveways. He said he spoke with them and informed them about city laws and they ceased. He also discussed the city's website and asked if meeting minutes could be posted after the meeting instead of when they were approved at the next meeting. Councilman John Morvay said the meeting minutes are taped and have to be transcribed, which takes time.



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