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City Council hears proposal for a dog park

October 10, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Oct. 3 Canfield City Council meeting, a discussion was held about a possible dog park located at Fair Park. The issue was presented at a recent parks board meeting and the offer was made by a local couple to pay for the park.

Councilman Chuck Tieche said in looking into the matter, the Federal grant used to purchase the park property would not prohibit such a use.

He said a second issue involved having a plaque on a stone with the couple who had the dog park built.

"There is nothing on record prohibiting putting a person's name on a plaque," Tieche said. "This may have been past park board member's thoughts."

A third issue involved a leash law, which would remain in effect for dogs outside the fenced in dog park area. The dogs could be off leash only inside the fenced area and upon leaving the dog would have to be back on leash.

The original request presented to the park board involved placing two runs between the two entrances into fair park. One proposed run would be 300 feet by 150 feet for larger dogs and a second one at 100 feet by 75 feet for smaller dogs.

"We looked at Fair Park's front property, which is 461 feet by 227 feet, which will not fit the proposed [areas]," Tieche said. "It would take all of it and it is presently used by youth sports teams."

Tieche said there is a large area fed by storm drains that could be used. He said the drainage pipe could be continued through the area, then it could be regraded.

On a different matter, City Manager Wade Calhoun reported that leaf pickup will begin Oct. 7 and continue to just before Thanksgiving. One issue that came up last year involved residents who saw the private company hired by the city picking up leaves after the program supposedly ended.

"They were paid by the residents to come and pick up leaves after the city program ended," Calhoun said. "This year there will be signs on both the private company and the city trucks whenever they are picking up leaves under the program."

Councilwoman Christine Oliver said she had some residents complaining the program started too early. Calhoun answered the contract the city has calls for the present start dates and that contract is in the second year of a three year agreement.

"After 2019 we can look at renegotiating it," he said.

On a final matter, Police Chief Chuck Colucci reported there has been a rash of vehicle break-ins in the Skyline, Neff, and Hilltop areas of the city. He said anything left in the vehicles were taken including a gun. He said there is a suspect in the case and a warrant has been taken out for his arrest.

"It was great to get this case solved," he said.

In other business:

Councilman Bruce Neff reported a Fairview resident is complaining that a approved garage being built is going to be larger than the house and may look out of place.

Mayor Richard Duffett reported the Mayor's Court gross proceeds for September were $7,182.09 and after paying into required funds, the net proceeds were at $6,159.09.

Council woman Christine Oliver reported some residents expressed a preference over having trick-or-treat on a weekend day as opposed to a school day. A discussion brought out that when Canfield went at different times in the past, other communities would come into the city for the event. Council voted to hold trick-or-treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Zoning inspector Mike Cook said the McDonald's on East Main Street is going to be demolished and a new building constructed.



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