Canfield City Council dealt with a wide variety of topics at the March 1 meeting.
The agenda included topics ranging from the 2017 appropriations amendment to requests to waive water bill penalty fees.
Under reports, city Manager Joe Warino said the Mahoning County commissioners approved the recent annexation application. City and township officials recently entered into the annexation agreement for 22.325 acres of land off South Palmyra Road owned by MALA Properties Ltd.
City council approved during its Feb. 1. meeting the legislation that allows the privately owned land within the township limits be annexed into the city.
The agreement was actually rooted in a 2007 court case over the Red Gate Farm property.
For the first time since that agreement, the land on South Palmyra Road, south of U.S. Route 224, came up for annexation when property owner MALA Properties Ltd. filed a petition Aug. 22, 2016. The annexation request would bring city water and sewer to the property that would be developed for residential use.
The township trustees initially filed an objection to the annexation with county commissioners, who sent the issue back to be negotiated. The commissioners then had the final authority to approve or deny the annexation.
Over the past few months, the city and township met and negotiated an agreement that will benefit both sides and allow for future expansion and development. Both city and township officials collaborated and allowed the annexation process to move forward.
The agreement allows the land to remain as township property, and the structures and people will become city residents.
The township, therefore, will receive the property taxes while the city will be able to collect the 1 percent income tax. In return, the city will provide police, water, sewer and road department services to the development.
Councilman John Morvay said it is a section of a larger property that will border the Red Gate Farm property the city owns. He said even if the bordering link is made, the property would still be under the annexation rules that require the city to negotiate with the township.
Warino also noted in his report that Ohio Edison was removing five trees in Fair Park that are threatening the high-voltage transmission lines.
Council also received the 2017 appropriations ordinance and unanimously approved it. The total appropriations came in at $10,354,438.65.
Speaking on the issue, resident Frank Micchia asked about leaf pickup and if the appropriations include contracting out to a private company. He wanted to know why, when he believes the city crew did a good job on their own.
Warino responded to Micchia and said the city's Public Works crew fell behind last year and were not able to pick up all the residential leaves. On top of that, they did not remove leaves in cemeteries or parks.
"Last year, we fell behind with the full city crew,: he said. "This year, we are down two people."
Micchia also asked why no one is replacing Public Works Foreman Todd Beeson in giving reports at the meeting. Warino replied one of the crew members stepped up to oversee only the work load. He said Beeson should be returning to only light work in a few weeks.
In other business:
- Micchia told council the city website needed updated;
- Councilman Joe LoCicero asked that residents spread the word about the 6:30 p.m. May 4 town hall meeting at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center;
- Warino mentioned Home Savings and Loan as well as Farmers Bank both contributed to the Concerts on the Green this year;
- Police Chief Chuck Colucci mentioned the city had three daytime home burglaries and several vehicle break-ins in The Preserve area, where the thieves took valuables, such as wallets, purses, guns, iPads, etc. He warned residents to stay on guard and keep their vehicles locked.