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Zoning letters discussed at Council meeting

August 28, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

One of the items discussed at the Aug. 21 Canfield City Council meeting involved the letters sent out to residents who are in violation of the zoning laws. Council President John Morvay thought the letters could be a little less threatening.

"I thought it would be nicer just to knock on the door," Morvay said.

In response, City Manager Wade Calhoun said there are those who would not answer the door and others who are glad to cooperate.

"When people get the letter and call Zoning Inspector Mike Cook, he is more than happy to work with them to resolve the problem," Calhoun said.

On another discussion, the issue of the Talsman Drive-East Main Street traffic signal was again brought up. It was mentioned that the state has control of the lights at Fairgrounds, Ohio 11, and Talsman so the traffic off the freeway can keep flowing.

"This is a part of the comprehensive plan study," Calhoun said.

Calhoun also reported the Mahoning County commissioners had approved the annexation of the Red Gate property and Canfield Township was on board as well.

Regarding flooding in the city, resident Frank Micchia spoke on the past studies that were done, with no work being done.

"In 2012, URS Company out of Akron did a Glenview Road Storm Water Detention Study," he said. "Six alternatives were proposed costing anywhere from $700,000 to $80,000. The cost was $13,500 for the study. Nothing ever came of it."

He said, in his opinion, there are two ways to deal with the storm water issue. One involves retention ponds, and the other sewer system improvements. He favors working on the storm water sewers by resizing the pipes and culverts.

"Moving the [storm] water should be a major focus of the overall plan," Micchia said.

In other business:

Mayor's Court report for August saw a $3,939.05 net collection to the city.

Calhoun reported the city now has an online, third party pay for water bills. He said charge cards would have a fee, but electronic checks would not.

Council approved replacement pages to the codified ordinances to bring the city current with the state laws.

Council approved entering into a contract for the replacement of a section of storm sewer on Jade Circle for the bid price of $76,600.

Council approved declaring the city's 1987 Ford E350 one ton van as surplus property so it could go to auction.

Approval was given for a flood mitigation analysis study on Hood Drive and Fairway Avenue.

Council held first reading of a city ordinance that would prohibit off street parking on lawns.

Council held first reading of a city ordinance revising the definition of recreational facilities.

A motion was passed 4-1 to authorize the city manager to apply for a one-day alcohol sales permit for a F1 or F2 permit from the Ohio Department of Commerce/Division of Liquor Control. The lone no vote was from Councilman Chuck Tieche, who said he was opposed to the city applying for the permit.



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