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Mayor gets a flag of thanks

September 12, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the start of the Sept. 5 Canfield City Council meeting, a special presentation was made. Members of the American Legion Post 177 presented the mayor and city manager with a special flag.

"This flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol on May 25, 2018," said Post 177 Commander Mike Kubitza.

He told Mayor Richard Duffet and City Manager Wade Calhoun the date was when the city officially kicked off the veteran's parking in the city. The flag was a way to say thanks for supporting veterans.

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At the Sept. 5 Canfield City Council meeting, Mike Kubitza and Frank Micchia from American Legion Post 177, presented City Manager Wade Calhoun and Mayor Richard Duffet with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on May 25, 2018, which was the date the veterans parking spaces were kicked off in the city.

In other business, Council approved, by a 4-0 vote, a motion to authorize the city manager to apply for F-1 or F-2 liquor permits from the Ohio Department of Commerce/Division of Liquor Control. The F permits are special Ohio permits allowing government entities to apply for one-time permits to serve alcoholic beverages on municipal property.

Calhoun said the permits are city controlled. He said the F-1 permit was for beer only and the F-2 permit was for beer, wine, and spirits.

Attorney Mark Fortunato said the city would have to purchase the alcoholic beverage and could get a third party to dispense it at the events. The city could only pay the third party for their time and all profits would have to go back to the city.

"Council will always have the authority to approve or disapprove each permit," Calhoun said.

He added the permits were for city-controlled events only.

Council further approved 4-0 to allow the first permit for a proposed Octoberfest on the Village Green in October.

On a different issue, resident Frank Micchia addressed the school resource officers (SRO). He said the three school resource officers work the high school, middle school, and at MCCTC and are paid for nine months as an SRO. Micchia said the officers return to the city payroll during the three summer months. He added the city pays half the salary for one officer to work in the school, then has to pay the full-time wages for all three SROs during the summer.

"The practice of using city officers as resource officers has incurred additional costs to the taxpayers," Micchia said. "These agreements are not in the best interest of the tax payers and certainly not sound financial management. Did Council recognize the cost of these agreements? It is time to renegotiate these agreements."

In other business:

Duffet gave the Mayor's Court report which stated the city collected $4,926 and after paying into mandatory funds, the city was left with a net amount of $4,066.08.

Kubitza asked if city council could do anything to ease a skunk problem in the Fairview area. He reported the skunks are becoming a nuisance. Calhoun said he is checking into wild life services, but does not have anything yet.

Council approved in a 3-1 vote with Councilman Bruce Neff casting the no vote, to enter into a joint economic development agreement with Canfield Township on property on South Palmyra Road, south of U.S. 224. The city will provide water, storm sewer and police protection, and will collect income tax. The township will provide road services and zoning and will collect property taxes. The development will remain in the township. Council also approved in a 4-0 vote, an annexation agreement with the township regarding the Red Gate Farm property.

Council approved the creation of the Federal OVI Task Force Grant fund to manage the county's OVI Task Force funds. The Canfield Police Department will serve as the fiscal agent for the Task Force, which it has done since 2012.



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