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Finance Director gets award for keeping great records

October 24, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Each year the City of Canfield, like other Ohio cities, is audited to make sure the books are correct. When there is a clean audit for an entity in Ohio, the Ohio Auditor's Office issues an award. This year's recipients were the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority in Montgomery County, the Groveport Community Improvement Corporation in Franklin County, and the City of Canfield in Mahoning County.

"We don't give out many of these," said Jim Shaw from the state auditor's office.

Shaw made the trip to Canfield to issue the award in the form of a certificate. It was mentioned that the City of Canfield has received this award for the past eight consecutive years.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
City of Canfield Finance Director Christine Clayton holds up an award presented by Jim Shaw from the Ohio Auditor's Office. The award was for having flawless audits for the past eight consecutive years.

Accepting the award was Canfield's Finance Director Christine Clayton, who keeps the books for the city and is responsible for the clean audits. She received a standing ovation and a big vote of appreciation from city council for her hard work.

On a different matter, two residents questioned the start of leaf pickup earlier this month, both claiming it seems to be too early.

"There are still a lot of leaves on the trees after Nov. 21," said Kathryn Young.

She said there will still be a lot of leaves to pick up after the service ends.

City Manager Wade Calhoun said there is nothing that can be done this year, or next. He said the contract calls for specific dates. He did state the contract is with Buckeye Lawn Service, who handles the north half of the city while the Public Works crew handles the south end. He said the time to change the date will be for 2020, as the contract ends in 2019.

There was also a question on the fall festival and where the beer sales profits would go. Calhoun said it would be used for the park budget to ease the amount coming from the general fund.

It was noted the city was going to dispense the beer on the south end of the Village Green, and an F2 permit for beer and wine sales was applied for. He said the state reviewed the application and because of the churches located on the Village Green, the city could only get an F permit for only-beer sales.

Another issue involved the 3 mills the city collects annually on property tax. Normally $80,000 of that goes to pay the Redgate property debt relief payment. Since that account presently has $130,000 balance in it, the decision was made to put the 3 mills into roads next year and use the balance to make the debt relief payment.

In other business:

A first reading was held on an ordinance to amend the codified ordinance section to allow only one commercial use on each lot, and not permitting business to be conducted on vacant lots. A public hearing was set for 5:20 p.m. on Nov. 21.

A first reading was held on an ordinance to amend the codified ordinance section that would require a traffic impact study with new and expanding developments. A public hearing was set for 5:10 p.m. on Nov. 21.

A resolution was discussed regarding the formation of a comprehensive plan evaluation committee made up of the Mayor, one member of council chosen by council, one member of the Design Review/Historical Preservation Committee chosen by that committee, one member of the Planning and Zoning Commission chosen by that commission, the City Manager, and two citizens at large chosen by city council. The committee will be charged with finding the entity that will handle a comprehensive plan for the city, and once selected, the committee will dissolve.

 
 

 

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