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City approves off-street parking ordinance and sets leaf pick up

September 25, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council held two public hearings and approved three ordinances at the Sept. 18 meeting. The ordinances dealt with off-street parking, redefining recreational facilities, and setting the rules for sidewalk installation.

The first public hearing involved the off-street parking. The old ordinance, section 1161.01 did not allow for parking on the grass or lawns in front of a residential zoned structure. The change brought under the new ordinance covers all zoning districts.

"This does not prohibit parking on a lawn for graduation parties, yard sales, the Canfield Fair,, ect.," said City Attorney Mark Fortunato. "This is focused on habitual parking [where there is no paved area]."

That ordinance passed council 4-0 in the regular meeting.

The second public hearing simply involved the definition of recreational facilities.

"This modernizes what we would call recreational facilities," said City Manager Wade Calhoun.

That ordinance also passed in the regular council meeting.

During the discussion on the recreational facility ordinance, Councilman Bruce Neff said he would like to see more recreational things on the north end of the Village Green.

"I would like to see a skating rink for winter and maybe a Bocce court for the summer," Neff said.

The third ordinance that was introduced in the regular meeting was one that covered the way sidewalks are requested. Previously, streets where residents wanted sidewalks was done in an informal process.

"This ordinance makes it formal," Calhoun said.

Any street that has residents wanting sidewalks must first secure 60 percent of the property owners agreeing to the sidewalks. The property owners would have to agree on which side of the street to place the sidewalks in the event of only having one side with a sidewalk. Once the sidewalk meets that criteria and is put in, all properties on that street would be assessed on their property taxes.

Resident Nancy Brundage asked who would be responsible to keep it clean and free of snow. Fortunato said once the sidewalk is in, the maintenance becomes the responsibility of the property owner where the sidewalk is located.

On a different issue, Calhoun announced the leaf pickup program for 2019 would run from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22. The city crew would pick up leaves from Oct. 1 through Oct. 14. The city's contracted leaf company would begin on Oct. 14 and run through Nov. 22.

Resident Frankl Micchia asked about extending the pick up past Thanklsgiving, but city officials did not respond because the program is under contract.



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