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Council approves company for comprehensive plan

March 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council approved MS Consultants and Downtown Redevelopment Services (DRS) to handle the city's comprehensive plan. The choice came after the RFQ (Request For Qualifications) Committee made the recommendation.

"As Mayor, and after receiving the submissions, my choice is MS and DRS," said Mayor Richard Duffett.

The RFQ Committee set up some qualifications for selecting the right company. Among those were forming a 10-year plan for the city that includes transportation, utilities, fiber optics, and a focus on Re Gate property and the Village Green. The plan would be a ten year plan to take the city a direction for the future. The plan is estimated to cost around $155,000 and council approved spending $75,000 this year towards it.

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John Rapp was introduced at the March 20 council meeting by City Manager Wade Calhoun. Rapp will be filling the newly created Public Works Superintendent’s position.

"I hope this does something," said resident Frank Micchia. "In the past studies were done that amounted to nothing."

Also addressing council was Rich Archer, representing a large group of pickle ball enthusiasts. He stated he had worked hard to get estimates realizing the large cracks in the present tennis courts were a problem. He said a local company was found that could take care of the cracks, guarantee the surface for the future, and could finish off six pickle ball courts at around $32,000.

"We think the money needs to be spent," Archer said. "The company is guaranteeing the cracks won't come back."

Micchia weighed in on the matter too.

"$30,000 doesn't seem to be out of reach," he said. "With a little squeezing, we should be able to make it a go."

In other business:

Councilman John Morvay stated St. Michael's Church hired a police officer to be at the church and Police Chief Chuck Colucci said Old North has done the same. The churches are paying the officer's hours.

City Manager Wade Calhoun reported brush pick up will begin later in April and the quadrants and streets will be listed in the local paper and on the city's website.

Calhoun reported the city's new website was rolled out on Feb. 2 and improvements are being made.



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