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Dispatcher honored at Council meeting

January 2, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Dispatcher Jessica Russell received a special award at the December meeting of Canfield City Council. She was issued a Police Commendation Award for her dedication and commitment to the community and for furthering the Canfield Police Department's mission.

"A big thing in law enforcement is community engagement," said Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci. "Dispatcher Russell created a log book to track everything we did."

He said she logged the number of pumpkins and the kids carving kits that were purchased for the October Fest. She kept accurate records on community events the police department was involved with in order to make it better the following year.

"She volunteered her time and expertise in assisting and supporting the numerous community engagement activities hosted by the Canfield Police Department on the Village Green this past Summer and Fall," Colucci added. "And she did it all while dealing with breast cancer."

Russell was first diagnosed with cancer four years ago. That cancer was dealt with but this year returned. Russell did get to make a good announcement at the meeting.

"The cancer is smaller and is no longer growing," she said.

Colucci issued her the award and mentioned she was nominated for the award by Sgt. Josh Wells.

Following the award, the floor was turned over to Delmas Stubbs from the Mahoning Valley Veterans' Services Commission. He mentioned the commission is trying to reach out to communities outside of Youngstown and in rural areas. He said the goal is to be available to all veterans whether inner-city or rural. He also asked that anyone knowing a veteran in need should contact his office.

"Anyone who knows a veteran out there who is suffering, call me," Stubbs said.

On a different issue, Councilwoman Christine Oliver mentioned she had been contacted by a resident concerned about leaf pick up. The resident felt that leaf pick up was started too early and the leaf trucks were driving for a few weeks with nothing to do. When they finished the contract period, there were still a lot of leaves to come down.

City Manager Wade Calhoun stated the city just completed the second year of a three-year contract with the leaf company that handles the north half of the city.

Resident Frank Micchia said, "Leaf pick up ends before the leaves are finished dropping. It's ending too soon. Why can't we amend the contract and extend it."

In other business:

Council considered applicants for the Park Board and the Cardinal Joint Fire Board. Applying for the fire board were Richard Russo and Adam Guerrieri. Russo was appointed. For the Parks Board, Victoria Caler, Blaise Karlovic, and Beth Hawks applied and Karlovic was appointed.



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