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Council approves contempt of court resolution

March 13, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council approved an ordinance to establish a contempt of court in the city's codified ordinances that will give the mayor more authority both in and out of the court room.

"It gives the mayor authority to deal with a person creating a ruckus in the court room," said City Attorney Mark Fortunato. "It also provides authority for those not obeying a court order."

The new ordinance section, Section 501.14 Contempt, will have two segments. The first is "direct" contempt. This deals with the operation of Mayor's Court and prevents someone from disrupting the court when it is in session.

The second part is "indirect" contempt. This could involve court orders made during the Mayor's Court session or orders that needed to be carried out by the court order outside the courtroom.

The new ordinance also carries punishment of no more than ten days in jail and no more than a $500 fine per incident. The motion was approved in a 4-0 vote of Council.

Council also approved an ordinance passed with one reading as an emergency, to create the position of public works superintendent. City Manager Wade Calhoun said there were several candidates and they have one who will fit Canfield's needs.

On a different matter, Police Chief Chuck Colucci reported on the lock-down at MCCTC on Feb. 27. He said the incident cost roughly $16,000.

"It was a lot of resources tie up because one person wanted his girlfriend out of school early," Colucci said. "Our group did an amazing job tracking him down. It was a joint effort between our department and the FBI. Everyone worked great together."

In other business:

The Mayor's Court report was given and included a gross income for February of $8,694.09 and a net income after paying into required funds of $7,280.09.

Council approved entering into the contract for brush pick up for 2019, 2020, and 2021 with Hackett's Tree Service. The three-year bid locks in the price.

Council approved entering an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General for the collection of delinquent debt owed the city. Calhoun said there are 35 delinquent accounts dating back to 2016.



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