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Council hears about middle school weapons arrest

March 14, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci was questioned about an incident that happened at the middle school on Feb. 27. The incident ended with the arrest of a 14-year-old student.

Colucci said a student had made a threat of wanting to do a school shooting. Police responded and discovered a folding knife on the student who made the threats and that student was arrested. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon at school.

A discussion followed, and Councilwoman Christine Oliver said she has been in contact with several residents after the event took place.

"Some have contacted me on this situation and are in favor of having a police officer at each school building," she said.

Another resident had suggested passing an ordinance dealing with assault weapons, but City Attorney Mark Fortunato said Ohio law forbids cities and towns from regulating firearms.

Colucci said having an officer in each building would be desirable, but doesn't know where the funding would come from. He said this idea is being discussed with all concerned.

On a different matter, council tabled an ordinance to enter into an agreement for brush pick up. It had been put out for bid and Buckeye Lawn Service bid $25,000 while Hack It out of Masury had bid $6,000. Councilman Chuck Tieche asked it be tabled because of the huge difference in bids. His concern was the low bidder may not have understood what was involved, and until that was known, a decision should be put on hold. All agreed.

Prior to the start of the Mar. 7 meeting, a special public hearing was held on the proposed sandwich board sign ordinance. One of the sticking points according to City Attorney Mark Fortunato was how to place a sign behind a sidewalk, when that is all there is in front of a business. The new ordinance would allow temporary signs behind existing sidewalks or if no sidewalk exists, 15 feet from the paved portion of the road right-of-way. The ordinance was unanimously approved.

In other business:

Colucci said the senior watch program is up and running and is posted on the city's website under the police department.

Councilman John Morvay reported the Cardinal Joint Fire District is currently looking into the purchase of a third ambulance for Canfield city and township.

Mayor Richard Duffett reported Mayor's Court for February brought in a gross of $5,387.55 and after required payouts, left the city with a net collection of $4,332.55.

Resident Kathryn Young spoke in favor of a community garden at Greasel Park and a Farmer's Market at Fair Park, which were both items discussed at the recent Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board meeting.

Mayor Duffett accepted a $100 donation from former Mayor Bernie Kosar to go towards the annual Concerts of the Green. He said the city can't solicit for donations. Councilman Chuck Tieche said Concerts on the Green used to be a sponsored program the city supported. Morvay said as council enters into budget talks, the concerts could be considered again. The funding had stopped when the city had a shortfall a few years back.



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