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Council gets update on comprehensive plan

October 23, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Oct. 16 meeting of Canfield City Council, an update was given on the city's comprehensive plan. Shannon Fergus from M.S. Consultants was on hand to give the update.

Fergus told council there were four key take-away points from the presentations done on Safety Day and Family Movie Night.

"The Village Green is an important area to residents as are the parks and the bike trail," she said.

The key points that residents at those events brought up were to prioritize Village Green enhancements, bring in more attractions and entertainment for existing and future residents, preserve and enhance recreation amenities, and have more collaboration with the township.

On traffic flow, Fergus said there was a lot of concern on the Talsman Drive-U.S. 224 intersection and the Manor Hill intersection. The comprehensive plan will include possible solutions to the traffic flow problems in that area.

Another traffic concern was the Village Green, 224 and 46 intersections. Fergus said among the suggestions were to make the flow north to south around the Green one way traffic. Another suggestion was to have a round-a-bout at that intersection to keep traffic flowing. Councilman Chuck Tieche said any redesign for the Village Green traffic needs to take into account the commercial truck traffic and the need to make wide turns.

Fergus said work will continue as the city moves towards the final plan next year.

On a different issue, Councilwoman Christine Oliver said she was visiting residents on Fairview and had noticed several youngsters playing ball while vehicles were speeding down the street.

"I was amazed at how fast people were going," she said. "This was between 4 and 5 p.m."

She asked Police Chief Chuck Colucci if he could check into it and maybe bring the speed trailer onto the street.

Councilman John Morvay said Willow Way is a cut-through and is also seeing increased speeding.

In other business:

City Manager Wade Calhoun said he is looking into the lease agreement with the Cardinal Joint Fire District. He said the city has been subsidizing the Lisbon Road fire station to the tune of $1,000 per month for utilities.

On leaf pick up, Oliver said council is looking at the next contract for the service. She said the city and the contracted leaf service are both going strong right now, but the contract calls for the pick up to end on Nov. 22. That contract ends after this season.

Council approved a resolution to file with Eastgate Council of Governments, a grant application for an ODOT alternative transportation grant for the city's proposed Canfield Loop bike trail connector.

Council approved entering into an MOU with MCCTC regarding water usage for the new fire training facility. The building will have the normal water and sewer hook-up, but a training fire hydrant had to be metered and MCCTC purchased the expensive meter and had it installed. Calhoun said they want to pay for the water they use and not for aa minimum amount each quarter.



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