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Leaf pick up and pickle ball appear on city agenda

December 4, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Nov. 20 Canfield City Council meeting, the issue of leaf pick up was mentioned. According to City Manager Wade Calhoun, the service will be continued until the city trucks are needed for ice and snow removal.

"As long as there is no snow on the ground, we will keep making sweeps into December," he told council.

The city is in its third year of a three-year contract with a private service to pick up leaves. That company ended its contract with the Nov. 22 pickup, but city trucks have continued to make sweeps when the crew had time.

Calhoun also mentioned the conversion of the Greasel Park tennis courts to pickle ball courts next year. He said the conversion would be around $30,000 and the city has submitted an application for a grant that would cover $22,000.

"A lot of work will be done in-house," he said. "We could be breaking ground as early as this coming spring."

City Councilman Chuck Tieche said the recent Park Board meeting, it was brought up to cancel the idea for a community garden and take the budgeted $1,000 and apply it to the pickle ball court project. That idea came after the Park Board decided to not move forward with the community gardens.

Kathryn Young addressed council on the gardens. She was to be the director of the gardens and was going to get the first one up and running.

"I am a little disappointed," Young said. "This motion to not fund the gardens, is that something the city can overrule on?"

Calhoun said the Park Board had looked at saving or reallocating the $1,000 after they had checked out the Presbyterian Church's attempt at a community gardens had failed.

On a different matter, Police Chief Chuck Colucci was congratulated for being named president of the Law Enforcement Executive Officers Association for 2020. Colucci has been a member of the organization since 2009 and has served as secretary, treasurer, and vice president, and president in 2012-13.

Under Colucci's report, the main issue was speeding. He said a speed sign would be installed on Hood Drive that will provide statistics such as speeds and averages for time periods. Because of the use of the speed signs throughout the city, AAA issued Canfield a Gold Award this year for traffic safety.

In other business:

Notice was given that the American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held on the Village Green this year at a date in May.

Council approved an ordinance setting the boundaries of the city as a community reinvestment area. The move will allow for tax abatements in certain areas. It was first established in 1980 and was last amended in 1991.

Council approved changes to the city's laws on marijuana. City Attorney Mark Fortunato said a case in Mayor's Court brought to light the need to clarify the city's marijuana ordinances.

Approval was given for the replat of city lots 953 and 954 at 485 South Broad St. from two lots into one. The replat was approved by Planning and Zoning on Nov. 14.

A first reading was held on an ordinance regarding political signs and a public hearing was set for Dec. 18 at 4:50 p.m. Another first reading involved required set backs and was set for public hearing at 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 18.



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