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JEDD info made available at city meeting

February 15, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

A public hearing was held on Feb. 7 to seek input on the proposed Millennial Moments JEDD Agreement. The agreement would open up business and residential property on South Palmyra Road, on the west side of the road just south of U.S. 224.

"A JEDD (Joint Economic Development District) is an economic tool," said City Attorney Mark Fortunato. "The concept is for the city and township to cooperate for the benefit of both."

Speaking for the Millennial Moments JEDD was former city councilman Joe LoCicro.

"It has been 12 years in the making," he said.

He praised the city and township for working together for the benefit of all Canfield residents.

Fortunato gave a brief look at some of the highlights the proposed JEDD agreement contained. On the city's side of the agreement, the city would get a one-percent income tax from residents and employees within the district. In exchange, the city would provide water and sewer to the development.

The township would receive the normal property tax and the land would remain in the township. The township would maintain responsibility for roads and plowing, police protection through the Mahoning County Sheriff, and the property would be under township zoning requirements as agreed to in the JEDD contract.

Fortunato said the length of the agreement is 25 years after which time the agreement would be up for review.

"These JEDDs are highly regulated," Fortunato said. "There will be a board appointed to oversee it."

The board will consist of a city representative, a township representative, someone from the business community within the JEDD and a person representing the employees working within it. A fifth person is then appointed to serve as chairman of that board. Fortunato said every JEDD is separate when it comes to a regulating board.

Later during the regular meeting of city council, resident Jill Lewis expressed her concerns over the water running to the proposed JEDD properties. She felt it will be too large a drain on city services. Councilman Bruce Neff reassured her the city was nowhere near full capacity yet.

The Millennial Moments JEDD Agreement meeting was closed with City Manager Wade Calhoun noting the entire agreement is on the city's web site for anyone to read.

"We anticipate voting on this at the next regular meeting [on Feb. 21]," Fortunato said. "The public can comment on it at that meeting."

He added that negotiations are underway for a possible JEDD for the Red Gate Farm property, which would eventually link to the Millennial Moments JEDD.



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