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City taking applications for police officer

April 24, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the April 17 Canfield City Council meeting, a discussion was held on the process of hiring another police officer. The city is presently accepting applications until May 15 and the Civil Service Test has been scheduled for May 22.

"I would love to see local Canfield people apply," said Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci. "We do have a couple of Canfield grads working for us, but it is rare to get Canfield people applying."

He told council to be a police officer in Canfield requires a four-year degree and passing the minimum state standards, including physical fitness. Applicants should also have attended or are attending the Police Academy.

"We are looking for the right police officer for this community," Colucci said.

On the subject of the traffic speed signs in the city, Colucci said there are issues with down time with some of the signs, but overall they are providing the data the department is looking for, such as number of vehicles and average speed.

On a different issue, City Manager Wade Calhoun said he applied for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant to fund the creation of pickle ball courts at Greasel Park. The deadline for the grant is June 1 and the grants are awarded in the fall. With the late awarding, the work at the ark would likely have to be completed in 2020.

"Pickle ball probably won't happen this year," Calhoun said.

In other business:

Calhoun said the city could go to one meeting per month in July and August.

Council approved the appointment of Councilwoman Christine Oliver to the Millennial Moments Joint Economic Development District Board.

Mayor Richard Duffett and Councilman Chuck Tieche were approved to serve as the Council members on the Comprehensive Planning Committee.

Council approved an ordinance to participate in the state purchasing for road salt. Last year the city purchased 1,300 tons, but due to a reserve from the mild winter, the city will only need 1,000 tons this year. Under the state purchasing, the city would have to purchase as little as 90 percent.

Approval was given for the purchase of a new International dump truck, snow plow and salt spreader. Calhoun said the purchase is part of a program to replace one truck every three years to prevent an aging fleet of vehicles.

Council approved spending $75,000 this year and $75,000 next year for the Comprehensive Plan. Resident Frank Micchia said it was a lot of money and asked, "Are we certain we are going to get something good out of this?"



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