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Council deals with a variety of complaints

May 29, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council dealt with a wide range of complaints ranging from manhole covers to high grass and junk vehicles.

Councilman John Morvay brought up two complaints. The first involved the manhole cover next to the bank on West Main Street at the Village Green. He said the manhole was several inches below the road surface, making for a good sized hole in the road. City manager Joe Warino said the road paving was part of an ODOT program and they had promised to raise the cover to surface level, but ran out of good weather last fall.

''They are expected back this year to bring it up to grade,'' Warino said.

Morvay also mentioned the Edwards Avenue issue with students from the middle school walking on the busy roads. He asked if the school had been contacted about providing crossing guards in that area. Warino said he will be speaking with school officials on the issue.

Another complaint Morvay had received concerned the car wash behind Perkins, just of Fairground Boulevard. He said it was starting to look like a junk yard.

Warino said the business owner had obtained a special zoning permit allowing for the operation of a body shop. He said the junk-looking vehicles are awaiting body work, but it does look bad. City Attorney Mark Fortunato said he would check into it to see if there are any zoning violations.

A discussion was also had concerning a large number of high grass complaints. Warino said he is giving a little time for clean up due to the heavy rains. He said residents were awaiting better weather to dry up the lawn so it could be cut and he planned on giving them until Memorial Day to get the grass cut. This week he will review the properties to insure the high grass has been taken care of.

Warino said some of the properties in question are vacant properties where dwellings have been taken down. High grass complaints refer to both front and rear lawns when there is a structure on the property. When a home is declared unsafe and is taken down, the property is now the same as a field. Regarding natural fields or wooded lots without a structure on it, requires only the right of way be cut.

* It is a difficult situation between a wooded lot compared to a home being removed and creating an open air field, Fortunato said.

In other business:

* Morvay reported the Cardinal Joint Fire District will be negotiating with BSHM of Youngstown to provide the architect work on a design for a new fire station. He said the new station would be paid for by funds that have been building for capital improvement. ''The people have already paid for it,'' Morvay said.

* Resident Steve Easton asked about the street repaving as the harsh winter has damaged a lot of streets. Warino said he is awaiting a final list of the worse roads from the street department. Easton was also told that Fairway Ford is putting in a retention pond for the extended parking area that is going in.

* Resident Frank Micchia told council the city has a coyote problem. He recently saw one on Glenview.

* Micchia also requested all items on the agenda be given a second reading.

* Council approved an ordinance to amend the annual appropriations.

* Council approved a list of vehicles to be declared surplus so they could be disposed of through sale or trade. Police vehicles and confiscated vehicles that will be traded in include a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, two 2007 Dodge Chargers, a 2006 Honda Civic, and a 2001 Chevy Silverado. A 1997 International will be traded in on the new city dump truck, and a 1996 Ford New Holland tractor and loader-backhoe will likely be put up for auction.

* Council approved the purchase of a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for the police department. The vehicle will be purchased from Bob and Chuck Eddy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at a cost not to exceed $22,315, and the strobe package for the vehicle to be purchased through Hall Public Safety at a cost not to exceed $6,123.



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