At the April 3 Canfield City Council meeting, a future Ohio Department of Transportation project was revealed by city engineer David Tabak. He said it is still in the future, but the city needs to know what to expect.
"ODOT is planning a major interchange realignment in 2015," Tabak said. "It will have a major impact to traffic coming into and out of the city."
He said the realignment project is to redo the exit and entrance ramps to Ohio 11 from U.S. 224. The plan requires the present twin bridges over Ohio 11 to be raised higher. That will mean diverting east and west bound traffic to one bridge while the other is rebuilt. Tabak said the project will be under way during the Canfield Fair that year, creating a challenge to traffic flow for the fair and the city.
"I just want to put everyone on notice that the bridge work will take place during the fair," he told council. "One bridge will be tore down."
He said the project is under the state and there is little the city can do to hold it up.
On another issue, the state is supposed to repave East Main Street from the Village Green to Ohio 11. Councilman Andy Skrobola said it may be a good time to look at changing the road stripes to make the flow of traffic smoother at Talsman Drive. He said at the present time, one eastbound vehicle attempting to turn onto Talsman can cause a traffic back up. He suggested a turn lane be put in place.
Tabak also reported the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade Phase II has moved into the design phase and after reviewing the project, it looks like there will be some interference with landscaping along North Broad.
On a different matter, Skrobola said council needs to write a letter of "no support" for HB 5. He said this state house bill calls for setting up a state collection of all local income taxes. The state would collect it and after taking out a fee, would send what is left back to the city.
"This would severely impact the finances of the city," he said.
In other business:
Council approved an ordinance declaring a Police Department firearm as surplus and allow it to be removed from service and disposed of according to a current collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. That agreement allows the retiring officer to purchase his duty firearm for $1.
Skrobola reported the Cardinal Joint Fire District held a discussion on the need for a third station. The idea is expected to come into reality around 2016.
Mayor William Kay reported the March Mayor's Court revenue was at $3,966.08.
Resident Frank Micchia again told cuncil that he wanted to be able to speak in public as issues are on the floor for a vote. Council President Dan Frazzini replied to the comment by saying the public session is held prior to any voting to allow comments on the issues. Councilman Steve Rogers informed Micchia that he can come to the city building ahead of time and get an agenda that would inform him what issues would be scheduled for a vote at the meeting.