Canfield City Council voted at the April 5 meeting to approve an increase in water rates and capital charges.
The change will take effect May 1, 2017, but it was noted that in July, the city will negotiate a new water agreement with the city of Youngstown for a 10-year period.
In the meantime, the city has to offset rate increases Youngstown is charging Canfield.
"The water rate increase would go from [the present] $8.30 per 1,000 gallons to $8.89 after the seven percent increase," Warino said.
On the capital fund, the increase would go from $3 per quarter to $9, for a total of $36 per year.
Warino said the increase would build the fund that will replace aging and failing water lines in older sections of the city.
On a different matter, council honored the a group of young men who renovated the pavilion at Greasel Park.
The students, members of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Machine Team, were recognized by council members and thanked for lending a hand and saving a park treasure.
The Machine Team recently reconstructed seven failing steel beams in the open air portion of the Greasel Park pavilion.
Representing the Machine Team were seniors Korron Devoe and Vince Berardi. They accepted a declaration by Mayor Bernie Kosar, who named April 5 as Machine Team Day in Canfield.
City Manager Joe Warino said, "These guys were very professional. As an engineer, I would personally recommend them to anyone."
He told Devoe and Berardi to let the rest of the team know that he would gladly provide a letter of recommendation to any of them seeking employment.
In other business:
- Councilman Chuck Tieche asked if the pile of grass clippings behind property on the west side of Edwards Avenue could be removed;
- Councilman Joe Locicero commented on a property on Hickory Hollow that needs cleaned up and asked how it would be accomplished. City Attorney Mark Fortunato said the issue will have a court hearing this month. Locicero said the owner has several outstanding fines totaling $14,000, which could be used to hire a company to clear out the property;
- Councilman John Morvay reported a property on Willow Way has experienced sinking curbing that is diverting storm water into yards;
- Mayor Kosar noted the city is accepting donations for the Concerts on the Green;
- Fortunato said he will have a motion on the next agenda to establish a committee to hire a new city manager as well as a bee ordinance for consideration;
- Morvay reported the Cardinal Joint Fire District Board of Directors are discusing the idea of buying another ambulance. He said the one the department has right now is seeing a lot of use;
- Kosar reported Mayor's Court brought in a gross of $8,567.07 for the month of March;
- Fortunato suggested the city pass an ordinance placing a moratorium on marijuana production and sales, until the state makes a decision on what to do about it.