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Honors abound at city meeting

October 9, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Oct. 2 Canfield City Council meeting, several honors were bestowed before council got into new business and reports. The first up was Canfield resident and local builder Sam Pitzulo. He was recognized twice.

The first recognition was from American Legion Post 177 Commander Mike Kubitza. He said because of Pitzulo, the post is able to erect the planned 60-foot flagpole and 12-foot by 18-foot flag on the north end of the Village Green that will serve to honor veterans and first responders. After receiving a hardy thanks from Legion members in attendance, the floor was turned over to the mayor.

Mayor Duffet read a long of list of programs, groups and benefits that Pitzulo has been involved in over the years as well as his support for the veterans organizations.

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Mayor Richard Duffet and American Legion Post 177 Commander Mike Kubitza honored Canfield resident and businessman Sam Pitzulo for his efforts to help the American Legion install a flagpole and memorial on the North end of the Village Green, and furthermore, for all he has done in the community to help others and give back. Duffett gave Pitzulo a proclamation marking Oct. 2, 2019 as “Sam Pitzulo Day.”

"We want to honor him for his service to our community," Mayor Duffett said. "That is why I am presenting Sam with this proclamation."

The proclamation declared Oct. 2, 2019 as "Sam Pitzulo Day" in the City of Canfield.

Following Pitzulo's honors, a representative from the State of Ohio Auditor's Office presented City Finance Director Christine Stack-Clayton with a Certificate for a Clean Audit. It was explained that a clean audit means no problems were found. Of the 6,000-plus entities audited in Ohio only 10 percent get a clean audit. Canfield has received it for the past nine years.

During public response, Frank Micchia spoke about the recent issue he took to the Mahoning County Board of Elections regarding term limits. Micchia said he felt two council people were not eligible to run, but the Board of Elections did not agree with him and denied his protest.

Voters had first approved two-year terms with a two-term limit in 2012. That was changed after a vote approved a 4 year term with a maximum of four terms in 2018. Since councilmen John Morvay and Chuck Tieche will have their term up in 2019, the question was whether they fell under the 2018 rules even though they were first elected under the 2012 rules.

On a different issue, Council approved an ordinance modifying Canfield Codified Ordinance section 505.08 entitled "Nuisance Conditions Prohibited."

Atty. Mark Fortunato explained the ordinance deals with people who would feed, keep, or harbor animals or fowls so as to create odors, unsanitary conditions, or would cause damage to buildings, landscape or personal property.

"It is about the actions taken that would cause a congregation of animals," he said. "We are not going after chickens unless they are causing a nuisance."

He said it was worded as animals and fowl to cover the range of creatures that could be lured into an area through feeding, as an example. If a resident feeds wild animals or is housing a large number of animals and they smell, are noisy or cause damage to nearby homes and property, then the ordinance would give the city the ability to declare it a nuisance.

Resident Kathryn Young, who is raising chickens, said she felt the ordinance should be tabled until the next meeting.

"I feel the language is very broad and general," she said. "It should be discussed further."

Council went ahead and approved the ordinance as it was presented.

In other business:

Council approved Trick-or-Treat for Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Police Chief Chuck Colucci reported the Mahoning County 9-1-1 Center has updated Canfield's 9-1-1 system. Council further passed an ordinance to rescind a previous ordinance for renewing dispatch services to neighboring fire departments, which will continue to operate under the former agreement for now.



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