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Council shoots down gun range ordinance

February 26, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

It was the final showdown at City Council on Feb. 19 as an ordinance allowing for gun ranges within the city was up for a vote. Again, residents for and against voiced their opinion prior to the vote.

Among the two who spoke for the range was Bill Arnaut, who said, "I have never heard of an indoor gun range that had bullets flying around."

Speaking against it was Ashley Kanotz who again spoke on her concern of having a range close to schools and the bike trail.

Council President John Morvay again, as he had in the last city council meeting two weeks prior, stressed the ordinance was not involved with a business applying for permission.

"No one has proposed this," he said. "This ordinance was just in case someone came forward. It would open the doors for a range, but the business would still have to apply."

Councilman Bruce Neff said, prior to the vote, that he received 10 emails asking him to turn it down.

After the discussion, a vote was called for and Morvay voted yes, while Neff, Mayor Richard Duffett and Councilman Anthony Nacarato cast no votes.

Neff said, "I am voting no because I don't think it is a good fit for Canfield."

He went on to say he wanted an assault weapon ban in the city as well, but was informed by the city attorney that it would be overridden by the courts.

One ordinance that did pass involved signing a contract with ms Consultants for professional services for the extension of sanitary sewer to the Redgate Farm property southwest of the city. The city owns the property and has kept it for 17 years as a way to grow.

"We had nowhere to grow," Morvay said. "When Redgate Farm was purchased it gave us a place to grow."

Resident Frank Micchia spoke in opposition to the ordinance.

"To extend the sewer line, we are talking around $2 million," he said. "With no guarantee for anyone wanting to go there. Where are the people going to come from? We are not a booming area. It could be a pipeline to nowhere."

Mayor Duffett disagreed and said the Valley could easily become the Electric Vehicle capitol of Ohio. He said the electric battery plant would bring good paying jobs and those people will want a place to live.

"Everything is hitting at the right time for Canfield," he said.

In other business:

Police Chief Chuck Colucci said there has been a lot of activity in the Blueberry Hill area recently because of a juvenile who was running away from home four separate times. He said a lot of residents questioned the heavy police presence.

Colucci reported the Canfield Police are working well with the schools now and are moving forward in keeping them safe.

Council approved the replat of Canfield City lots 1510 and 1511 at 103 East Main St.

Council approved an amended codified ordinance regarding hotels and motels. The changes prohibit permanent residents at motels and hotels and prevents roomswapping in regards to that.

Approval was given to enter a two-year contract for general engineering services with ms Consultants Inc. for years 2020-2021.

Council rescinded an ordinance that amended the territory for the Windsor House Joint Economic Development District and held a first reading on a new amendment for the same. A public hearing was set for 5:15 p.m. on April 1, prior to the city meeting. The changes were made because the city did not hold the public hearing for the first ordinance that was rescinded.



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