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Council appoints new clerk, starts work on water line

July 17, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the July 9 meeting of Canfield City Council, a motion was passed to appoint Patty Bernat as the new clerk of council. She will be replacing Pat Matevich, who retired at the beginning of the month.

Council also approved entering into a contract with Michael Benza and Associaties to complete the design work for the replacement of 2,600 linear feet of the city's 24-inch water transmission main that is in the early stages of failing.

''It runs parallel to the southbound Ohio 11 exit ramp,'' said city manager Joe Warino.

He said the replacement of the bad section would be roughly a half-million dollar project. By having the design work done, the city will be able to put it out for bid as well as apply for grant funds to cover most or all of the cost.

On a different matter, council held a first reading to a change in the city's demolition ordinance. The new language covers items such as utility shut offs, foundation removal and regrading the site to its natural level.

Warino said the present ordinance does not spell out those items, and in past years it was a verbal agreement to those demolishing a home or structure. The new language would simply put the verbal understanding into the ordinance.

Council will hold a public hearing on the new language at 5:50 p.m. on Aug. 20 prior to the regular city meeting.

Speaking at last week's meeting was resident Frank Micchia, who addressed concerns over needing crosswalks at the Canfield Swim Club and at the gas meter at Canfield High School. Micchia felt both were a safety concern for children.



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