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Council gets back from paving company

December 11, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

In what City Manager Wade Calhoun called a very unusual event, council had to pass an ordinance for a change order regarding the 2019 paving project.

"We came in just over $67,000 under the budgeted amount," Calhoun said.

He said the contractor that was awarded the paving project for 2019, American Contracting Inc., in the amount of $536,240. When the contractor reached Deer Trail, they found a good sub base and didn't need to put a new one down. The city was contacted and the company said the amount of $67,538.33 would be saved by not needing a new sub base.

"I can't say enough good about them," Calhoun said. "It is very rare to have a company that will find savings today."

The second order of business was a motion to appoint members to the city's boards, committees, and commissions. Several additions were made and all were read before voting.

Prior to the vote, Councilwoman Christine Oliver brought up a name she said had applied for all open positions, but had been removed. She said Carson Markley had originally applied, and she questioned whether or not he was a resident of Canfield. She addressed Councilman Bruce Neff on the matter as she said Markley's address was listed as the Neff residence.

Neff said Markley was living at his residence at the time, but had since withdrew his name as he was going overseas next year.

Oliver questioned the issue because she was under the understanding that to run for a board or commission, you had to be a resident of the city.

Attorney Mark Fortunato broke in and said because he is no longer on the list for appointment to a city board, committee or commission, the subject was mute.

After the discussion, the board held a vote and approved the following appointments for 2020. Also approved were exempt members who will not be held to the two term limits.

For the Design Review Board, Anthony Nacarato will serve as council member to the board and Debra Roman will serve as the exempted person. Also appointed were John Orsini, Christine Oliver and Mark Velker.

Appointed to the Civil Service Commission was Robert Macabobby.

For the Income Tax Review Board, Ryan Crowell, Anthony Davis and Christine Oliver were appointed.

For the Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board, John Whitehouse was declared as the exempted person and Courtney Larson, Blaise Karlovic, and Kathryn Young were appointed and Chuck Tieche was appointed as the Council representative.

For the Cardinal Joint Fire District Board of Directors, John Morvay and Richard Russo were appointed.

Mayor Richard Duffett was appointed to serve on the Millennial Moments JEDD Board.

On the Planning and Zoning Board, Lou Zarlenga was declared the exempted person and Steven DeCapua was appointed.

In other business:

Zoning Inspector Mike Cook announced he issued the first Food Truck permit on Dec. 4 to Brunching It Up, who will be at the Lighting of the Green.

Anthony Nacarato from Canfield Rotary thanked city officials and police for all the help in getting ready for the Lighting of the Green on Dec. 7.

Frank Micchia addressed the council to read a poem he created. Micchia had pressed for the extension of leaf pick up for the past several years and it was announced at the meeting that it would definitely be extended to Monday (Dec. 9) and possibly beyond depending on snow and ice. The poem read as follows:

"The leaves have left"

By Frank Micchia

A beautiful Canfield summer has come and gone

A pile of leaves is on my lawn

Nov. 22 is the date that has been decreed

Leaf pickup you will no longer need

But Mother Nature says beware

If the city fathers are unaware

The wise old oak tree says, 'the choice is mine'

Many leaves will be left behind

Residents have objected to the short pickup for years

The city didn't listen to their fears

But wait, the leaf pickup has bee extended

The enlightened city manager has relented

The story has a happy ending, public works is making the tour

And leaf pickup gods are smiling on my face and yours

Alas, all is well in Canfield



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