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Trustees vote to deny zone change request

April 1, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Township trustees voted to deny a zone change request at their March 24 meeting. The request went through a public hearing at the meeting on March 10 and involved the property at 6688 South Raccoon Road.

The packed house at the prior meeting were all speaking in opposition to the request Lois Holloway-Allison, executor of the estate, who wanted to rezone the parcel south of the water tower on South Raccoon Road from Single Family residential (R-1) to Business District (B).

Canfield Township Zoning Commission heard the request on Feb. 13 and made the recommendation to deny it. On Jan. 28, the Mahoning County Planning Commission heard the request and was recommending it. After the public hearing of March 10, the Canfield trustees decided to wait until March 24 to vote on it. They unanimously approved not to grant the change.

At the March 10 meeting, residents were informed that the property owner could petition to have the issue placed on the ballot in hopes of having the decision overturned, but that would require obtaining over 60 signatures from residents.

On a different issue, trustees agreed to enter into the Ohio Department of Transportation's annual road salt bid for the 2020-2021 season. Trustees approved the purchase of 900 tons. Chairman Brian Governor said, "We have plenty of salt left from this year."

Township Administrator Keith Rogers said there was enough room in the storage area to add that amount. Trustee Marie Cartwright said the township also stores salt for the school district, which has worked out well for both entities.

Trustees also dealt with a different section of the Public Works Department by approving a resolution to have ACA Engineering Inc. to perform a geotechnical investigation in order to design a proper foundation for the recycling pad rehabilitation project at a cost not to exceed $4,353.

Governor added that the township is in the process of updating its website to make it more mobile-friendly. He said that should be up and running soon.

In other business:

Trustees again tabled the request for a donation of $1,000 from the War Veteran Museum to help with the cost of the Wall of Honor Plaques and the Memorial Day event.

Purchase orders totaling $7,950.68 and warrants and electronic payments totaling $37,249.96 were approved.

Approval was given to hire Carmen Heasley as an assistant fiscal officer from April 1 through June 30, 2020 at a cost of $14 per hour, not to exceed $560 to assist newly elected Fiscal Officer Denise Joseph, who takes office April 1.



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