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Council hears report on parking ban

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

At the Feb. 7 Canfield City Council meeting, Police Chief Chuck Colucci reported on the recent snow storm and the need for a parking ban.

"We do have no overnight parking on city roads," said Police Chief Chuck Coucci. "But we felt putting out a parking ban was the only way to insure the streets could be plowed with the onset of the snow storm."

The ban went into effect on Tuesday and ended late on Wednesday. Even with the ban in place, some city residents still had to be contacted to move their vehicles.

"Our officers were busy [on Wednesday]," Colucci said. "We had to request 26 vehicles be removed so the roads could be plowed."

On a different issue, resident Jill Lewis spoke on a water billing problem. She was wondering why she was being billed for water she didn't use.

"I have been working to conserve water," she told council. "While my bill shows I am using less than 5,000 gallons, I am still being billed for 5,000 gallons. I currently average around 3,000 gallons."

City Attorney Mark Fortunato explained that water bills are set up with a minimum amount. That minimum helps provide funds for the water department staff and for maintenance and water line breaks to the system.

"Everyone pays that minimum," he said.

Lewis said she understands the city used to have a 10,000 gallon minimum, but that has since been reduced to 5,000. She said maybe it needs to be lower. She said it was not right to pay for water not used, then be charged for sewer based on that same consumption.

A motion that was passed at the meeting involved appointments for a charter review commission for 2018. The commission would look at the city's charter and recommend any changes and to keep it current with state and federal laws. Any proposed changes would be placed on the ballot.

Seleted to serve on the committee were Karyn L. Frederick, Tom Danko, Ann Kurz, Angelica Sebastiani Folsom, and Mark Buchenic.

In other business:

Fortunato said he would have a food truck ordinance prepared for the next meeting.

Council approved an ordinance rezoning lot 2000 at 352 West Main St. from "O" (office district) to "B-2" (general commercial).

A first reading was held on an ordinance that redefines the right-of-way regarding sign placement as many businesses have concrete right up to the business door step.

Authorization was given for the city manager to enter into a contract with MS Consultants for general engineering services for 2018.



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