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Township draws close to trail connector

January 18, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Township is on track to give residents and bike trail users a connection to Canfield Township park on Herbert Road. At the Jan. 9 meeting of the township trustees, Administrator Keith Rogers reported easements are looking good.

"I spoke with the superintendent at MCCTC and was told they are on board for granting an easement for the connector," Rogers said.

The easement would be along the border of the school's property. The other segment needed was a 50-foot wide easement on the Neff property, which had also been offered. The two easements will open up a clear path to the park.

"My goal is to obtain enough grant funding to make the township's share of the connector minimal," Rogers said.

Fiscal Officer Carmen Heasley said the connector would be a great project to use the open space funds on.

Rogers also mentioned a partnership with MCCTC that will help on the engineering studies. He said the school will have their engineering and environmental classes get involved. The students will be able to help with the engineering of the connector while gaining valuable knowledge in construction.

On a different matter, trustees agreed to hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 to seek input on the Millennial Moments Joint Economic Development District agreement between the township and the City of Canfield. An agreement had been reached and presented and the public will now have an opportunity to speak for or against the proposed JEDD.

"This is not the final document," said Trustee Marie Izzo Cartwright. "Changes can still be made."

Rogers also reported on the Mercedes Place storm drain project where the Ohio Department of Transportation will assist in easing flooding issues. He said the project should go out to bid soon with a start date in May and a completion date by July 3.

In other business:

Trustees approved a 2 percent salary increase for the Township Administrator for 2018 and an additional 2 percent for 2019.

Trustees approved purchase orders and blanket certificates in the amount of $977.050.83, 2017 warrants and electronic payments totaling $10,678.09, and 2018 warrants and electronic payments of $41,125.12.

Anthony Russo was reappointed to the Zoning Commission for a five-year term beginning Jan. 8.

During the reorganization meeting prior to the regular session, Brian Governor was elected chairman for 2018, and Joe Paloski will serve as Vice Chair. Governor was also elected as union liaison and Cartwright was elected to serve as the trustee representative on the Cardinal Joint Fire District Board of Directors for 2018.



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