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New Council takes the wheel

January 11, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

In a rare event, all five Canfield City Council members took the oath of office for 2018 from former mayor Judge Scott Hunter. Added to the slate was a new city manager as well, bringing a lot of new blood to the city.

One of the early issues to come up at the first meeting of the new year concerned the future and whether or not all five seats could be up for election at the same time in the future.

"As for term limits, we need to look ahead on how we are going to address it by staggering the terms so not all seats are up at the same time," said Councilman Chuck Tieche.

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Judge Scott Hunter swore in newly-elected Canfield Mayor Richard Duffett during the Jan. 3 Canfield City Council meeting. Holding the Bible is Duffett's wife Brenda, who said the Bible is a special one that she and her husband read from every morning.

He said it is important to have some seasoned people on council to help newly-elected people get acquainted to the position. Tieche wanted everyone to start thinking about the issue so a resolve could be formed.

Council President John Morvay also brought up the strategic plan that needs to be continued.

"We started it and I would like to keep it going so we can develop a two-year, five-year, and 10-year plan so there is a path to run on," he said. "And property maintenance issues need to be taken care of as well."

As for public input at the first meeting, Jeannie Neville spoke on the size of Christmas displays in the city.

"For those living on these streets, it is hard to get out of the drive," she said. "I would like to see rules to insure respect for neighbors and to maintain traffic flow."

She added she would also like to see permits for residents to run large displays and regulations on motion, music and programming extensive light displays.

On a different matter, Frank Amedia from Touch Heaven Church wanted to express his sincere thanks to the Public Works crew who responded to a call for frozen pipes in the church. He said the crew showed up 20 minutes after the call was placed. They shut off the main valve at the street and informed Amedia what to do to thaw the pipes out.

"The next morning the city crew stopped by first thing in the morning to check on us," he said. "I want to say we live in the best city on Earth."

In other business:

Council held a first reading on a rezoning request for lot 2000 on West Main Street, formally known as the Dollar Bank Building next to Fairway Ford. The request is from "O" (office) to "B-2" (general commercial) to allow for a coffee shop with a drive-up window. A public hearing on the request was set for 5 p.m. on Feb. 7.

A public hearing was also set for Feb. 7 at 5:10 p.m. for the proposed Millennial Moments Joint Economic development District agreement between the city and township. The public hearing was approved in a 4-1 vote. Chuck Tieche cast the lone no vote and said, "I don't want to move to a public hearing on an agreement I cannot fully support." He mentioned some language in the agreement he was concerned about.

The following individuals were appointed to boards, committees and commissions: Bruce Neff and Julio Williams were appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission; Christine Oliver was appointed to the Design Review Committee; Charles Tieche and Enid Maldonado were appointed to the Parks-Recreation-and Cemetery Board; Douglas Toot was appointed to the Civil Service Commission; Joe LoCicero, Sandra Byers, and Ryan Cromwell were appointed to the Income Tax Review Board; John Morvay and Michael Clayton were appointed to the Cardinal Joint Fire District; and Bernie Kosar was appointed to the Windsor House JEDD (Joint Economic Development District)Board.



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