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Tree program passed by council

April 10, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council approved a new Memorial Tree Program at the April 3 meeting. The program will allow residents to remember a loved one by planting a tree in their honor.

"It is a nice way to recognize someone and at the same time add beauty to the city," said City Manager Wade Calhoun.

The program is based on a North Carolina model. The person wishing to recognize someone can purchase a tree from an approved list, pay $250, then have a memorial plaque placed in a public spot at City Hall. The design of that spot has yet to be determined.

As for the tree, the plaque may state the type of tree, but not where it is in the city. Calhoun said when a location is made public, that tree could become a memorial, making it better to not specify.

Resident Kathryn Young asked that the guidelines for the program be placed on the city's web site.

On a different matter, Calhoun mentioned an update to the proposed pickle ball courts at Greasel Park. Council had not given any funding towards renovated the two tennis courts at the park into six pickle ball courts. The best bid received from the parks board was over $30,000.

Calhoun told council that the conversion to pickle ball was a qualifying project for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Nature Works grant. The grant would be for 75 percent with a 25 percent match. The deadline for the grant application is June 1.

In other business:

Council approved the signing of a contract for health services for the city with the Mahoning County Board of Health.

A second lease agreement was approved for the expansion to 1,200 square feet for Armstrong Cable. The city currently leases 400 square feet at a cost of $350 per month. The expanded property would be a five year lease at $975 per month.

Council approved declaring the following as surplus and authorizing disposal: 2008 New Holland tractor, 2011 Dodge Durango, 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a 2011 Ford Expedition.

Council approved a motion to appoint Atty. Matthew J. Blair as special counsel regarding its water agreement with the City of Youngstown at a rate not to exceed $200 per hour plus expenses on a pre-approved basis.



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