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Residents rally in support of Christmas display

January 25, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Jan. 3 Canfield City Council meeting, a resident spoke on the Fairview Avenue Christmas Light display that spanned a dozen homes in December. The resident, Jeannie Neville, asked council to regulate Christmas light displays, the type of lights, and the traffic flow for motorists viewing the lights.

At the Jan. 17 meeting, dozens of emails and letters as well as a couple of residents spoke on the other side of the issue.

"The lights were expanded to my home last month," said Fairview resident Tom Goodlin from Fairview. "Sometimes I walk my dog while the lights are on and I love to see the smiles on the children's faces. It makes it all worthwhile."

Resident Enid Maldonado spoke on behalf of a resident who couldn't attend the council meetings. The letter was centered around the theme that residents enjoy decorating for Christmas, and to try to regulate it would be a waste of time.

Council President John Morvay agreed. He said, "We have a lot bigger fish to fry."

Councilwoman Christine Oliver said she received close to a half dozen emails speaking in favor of the light show. For 2018, Oliver said there are 12 more houses that want to join the display.

On a different issue, City Manager Wade Calhoun said there were two water line breaks in the past week. One was on North Hillside and the other on Edwards Avenue. He said the one on Edwards caused some water penetration to a residence and he is presently working with the insurance company to get repairs covered.

In other business:

Mayor Richard Duffet gave the December Mayor's Court report that grossed $3,391.06 and after payment to mandated funds, the city netted $2,503.06.

Morvay reported the Montereale Drive fire that destroyed a home in the township may have been caused by a lithium battery charging in the garage. He said no one will know for certain until the weather lets up to allow investigators to search for the cause. He said because of the amount of water and freezing temperatures, an investigation is impractical at this time.

Council approved waving the penalty for 90 days for a resident at 351 Oak St., who just moved in and experienced an extremely huge water bill. The city needs 90 days to determine the average usage to see why the bill was so large.

Morvay stated Feb. 7 will be the date aof a public hearing for the rezoning of a lot next to Fairway Ford so a coffee shop could open up. Also on Feb. 7 will be a public hearing on a proposed Joint Economic Development District that will open up the Red Gate Farm property.



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