The Feb. 1 Canfield City Council meeting opened with awards issued to the finance director as well as a check to the Canfield Police Department for a new dog.
The city's finance director, Christine Stack-Clayton, received the Auditor of State Award for bookkeeping from Ohio Auditor David Yost's office. Eastern Ohio Regional Liaison Jim Armeni presented the award to Stack-Clayton for having a clean audit of the city's finances.
Armeni said out of a nine county cities, townships, school districts and county offices, only 50 such awards have been issued.
"This is a good honor roll to be on," Armeni said.
He praised Stack-Clayton for her hard work at keeping excellent books for the city.
From presenting an award to receiving an award, the meeting was turned over to Canfield Rotary. Spokesman Nils P. Johnson said the club received grant money to use for a local service project. He said they heard the Canfield K9 dog, Thor, was due to retire in a few months and the decision was made to contribute $13,500 towards the purchase of a new K9 dog.
On a different mater, council again discussed an ordinance setting criteria for the waving of a late fee on a water bill. Councilman Chuck Tieche spoke against the ordinance.
"If a person doesn't pay their bill in a timely fashion, they should be penalized," he said.
Councilman Joe LoCicero said, "I feel it is like speeding. We give out warnings, not always tickets."
Councilman John Morvay said he thinks the can is being kicked down the road on the issue and he was in favor of keeping the present regulations.
A vote was held on the regulation, which passed 3-2, with Morvay and Tieche casting the no votes.
City Manager Joe Warino informed council that two new requests for waving a late water bill penalty were received. He told council both residents stated the post office caused the delay.
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