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Council puts communication tower on hold

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

An ordinance was tabled at the Dec. 5 Canfield City Council meeting that was a request for a change in a lease agreement for a 30-foot by 30-foot piece of property at 519 North Broad St.

According to City Manager Wade Calhoun, the original agreement was approved in 1993 and was for a period of 50 years. It would expire in 2043 and required the leasing company, American Tower, to pay the city a fee of $150 per month.

The amended agreement American Tower was seeking was to extend the present agreement by two additional five-year terms and would lower the monthly fee to the city to $50.

Councilman Chuck Tieche had concerns over the reduction in monthly fees. He felt more information was needed.

"I would move to table this ordinance until we can see what other similar tower property owners are getting," he said. "We need to find out the going rate for leases."

Resident Frank Micchia addressed council on the tower issue and said, "A $1,200 loss per year may not seem like a lot, but over the coming years it will add up."

Calhoun said American Tower wanted to lower the price per month in hopes of attracting more customers. The tower is the only one located inside the city limits.

After the discussion, council decided to table the issue until more information can be obtained.

Council did approve three ordinance that dealt with the emergency dispatching service in Mahoning County. In a nutshell, the three ordinances was part of an agreement to work with the county on the dispatch services that allow for a connection to other agencies.

Police Chief Chuck Coluci said the agreement would continue a process started years ago to bring all agencies together. He said by connected all Mahoning County [law enforcement] agencies, the sharing of information would make it easier to check into neighboring agencies to provide a better and faster transfer of information. As part of the agreement, the county would front the funds for a CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system the city could reimburse later next year.

Without the new system and county agreement, Canfield could still work independently, but if information was needed on a criminal activity, Canfield would have to call or make a written request for the information. With the CAD system, Canfield would have access to neighboring police agencies which could help solve or prevent crimes faster.

Council approved all three ordinances for the agreement with the county.

In other business:

Council approved the city manager to sign a contract for general engineering services with MS Consultants for 2019.

Mayor Richard Duffett reported the November Mayor's Court brought in $6,706.09 and after required payments to various funds, the city netted $5,398.09.



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