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Residents express interest in citizens review committee

October 27, 2016
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Throughout the past two months, Canfield police Chief Chuck Colucci and other department officers have held community forums to talk with residents concerning the 3.9-mill police levy that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Since those meetings commenced, several residents have expressed an interest to serving on such a committee.

"This wasn't some hand-picked group," Colucci said. "These are people who are coming forward with a willingness to serve. For the past six months of meeting with residents, there was one underlying theme. Those residents support the police department and believe there is a need for the money, but they wanted to know how they could be assured the police department will be getting the money."

From the recent open discussions, residents suggested creating a citizens review committee. The committee would consists of residents who do not work for the city and it would be able to check the records and ensure the police department was receiving all of the levy funds and the general budget funds it needed to operate.

"When the idea of this committee surfaced, I endorsed it and support it fully," Colucci said. "I want the whole process fully exposed to ensure there is transparency."

As of last week, four citizens have stepped forward and said they would serve on the committee.

"Others have told me they feel better about supporting the levy because of this group's formation and goals," Colucci said.



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