Canfield Mayor Bernie Kosar Sr. presented a lot of numbers at last week's city council meeting that proved the Canfield Police Department is of the highest quality. He said he was tired of hearing people make negative comments about Canfield police officers.
''Some have asked me why our officers don't give out more tickets,' he told those attending the meeting. ''I think our police department does a wonderful job and are comparable to the Highway Patrol.'
He backed up his comments with statistics for May. He said Mayor's Court grossed $10,585.12, and after paying to various funds required by law, netted the city $8,315.12. Those figures came from 362 traffic stops made in May. Of that number, 297 motorists received written or verbal warnings, while 65 were cited.
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Troop 109 Boy Scouts Tyler Ambrose, Randy Moore and Samual Moore, along with Scout Master Duane Moore, all of Canfield, led the Canfield city council meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance at last week's meeting. The scouts were attending to get their civic government badge.
''That is 18 percent who were cited,'' Kosar said.
In comparison, he said the Ohio Highway Patrol made 5,291 traffic stops over the past four and a half months. Of that number, troopers warned 4,254 and ticketed 1,037, or 19.6 percent.
In the entire state, Kosar said the Patrol made 227,491 stops, warned 180,508 and ticketed 46,943, which equaled 20.6 percent.
He said compare the Canfield Police numbers and they are right there with the Highway Patrol.
One person stating the police should be ticketing more was Frank Micchia, who spoke during public presentation. He said, ''It is my opinion that one citation out of six stops is not acceptable. If our goal is to change behaviors, then money out of the wallet will help.''
In other business:
* Councilman John Morvay asked city manager Joe Warino to check on the new house on Neff Court. He said the construction seems to be taking a long time and materials are starting to blow around and litter the neighborhood. He also mentioned a lot of debris at 61 Montgomery Drive that may fall under the nuisance ordinances.
* Warino stated the city did not get the ODOT grant for sidewalks this year.
* On a good note, Warino stated the main water line into the city has solid pipe north of 224 and on the south bore near the Turnpike. Both will allow replacement and a good connection. He said roughly 2,600 feet of the line needs to be replaced.
* Canfield Scouts from Troop 109 attended the meeting to earn their civic government badges. Scouts Tyler Ambrose, Randy Moore and Samual Moore, along with Scout Master Duane Moore, all of Canfield, led the Canfield city council meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.