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Township resident not happy with Armstrong

March 22, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the March 13 meeting of the Canfield Township trustees, a discussion was held concerning Armstrong cable services and costs. Township resident Daniel Neal questioned why other cable companies can't come to the township and compete.

"Spectrum Triple Play for phone, television, and internet was $109 the first year, then $129 after that," he told trustees. "Comparing apples to apples, Armstrong was at $189."

Neal said his goal was to switch to Spectrum but was told they only do Wi-Fi service in Canfield Township. He said after a second call from Spectrum, they told him they couldn't come into the township because Armstrong has a franchise agreement.

Township Fiscal Officer Carmen Heasley replied the township is under a 15-year franchise agreement that was signed on Feb. 13, 2006. Under that agreement, the township receives a franchise fee.

"I attended a meeting with 6th District Congressman Bill Johnson," Heasley said. "He is looking into this sort of thing."

She said House Bill 117, passed in 2007 did away with cable company franchises, but allowed existing agreements to be fulfilled.

Chairman Brian Governor said under the bill Spectrum would definitely be allowed to service the township via Wi-Fi. He said the Spectrum representatives should have known this and it is an issue that should be forwarded to.

"This information should be forwarded [to Congressman Johnson]," he said.

In other business:

Trustee Marie Cartwright reported the Cardinal Joint Fire District is looking at purchasing a third ambulance for the district.

Township administrator Keith Rogers said he will be meeting with the owners of the former Do-Cut property at U.S. 224 and Raccoon Road to discuss the materials piles on the site. Township zoning, he said, only allows for 21 days storage of material piles.

Trustees agreed to lease the township park soccer fields and use of restrooms to the Canfield Soccer Club at the same rate as 2017.

Trustees approved the payment of warrants and electronic payments totaling $52,362.48.

Approval was given to enter a contract with Mahoning Valley Mowing to mow Area 1 at Township Park on the south side of Herbert Road at a cost of $210 per cut for up to 30 cuts at $6,300.

The contract for treatment and fertilization of grounds and athletic fields at Township Park was put on hold to insure the low bidder understood what is expected.



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