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City deals with sewer issues
July 24, 2019

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At last week's Canfield City Council meeting, the issue of sanitary sewer fees were brought up after requests were made for a reduction in bills. The two entities seeking adjustments were the Mahoning County Agricultural Society and Canfield Township.

The first request from the township was for a waiver in late fees. Trustee Joe Paloski addressed council in regards to the issue.

Paloski said the township had an agreement that the city wouldn't bill for water to Township Park on Herbert Road until the park hit 21,000 gallons. City Manager Wade Calhoun said there was no such agreement and the township should be billed quarterly for the minimum use of 21,000 gallons based on the size meter that was installed.

Calhoun said the township should have been billed quarterly since the line was run dating back to 2014. He said since 2014 the township has used around 19,600 gallons and to go back and charge would be a bill for around $4,400.

The current bill is for $674.07, which includes around $183 from the prior quarter that was for sanitary sewer and a late fee for not paying it.

After a discussion, council voted 3-1 not to approve the adjustment, meaning the township would owe the full $674.09. Councilman Chuck Tieche cast the lone yes vote.

"I'll take back whatever you decide," Paloski said. "Then we'll go from there."

The next issue was a request for a change in the credit the Mahoning County Agricultural Society gets on their sanitary sewer bill for the Canfield Fairgrounds. The issue, according to Calhoun was that a good percentage of water used at the fairgrounds is not returned through the sewer system.

Calhoun pointed out there is an agreement that is up next year that allows for a 33 percent reduction in the sewer rates.

"They are asking for a new percentage of 34 percent," Calhoun told council.

He added that the reduction would be passed on to the Mahoning County Sanitary Engineer and would not affect the city financially.

Councilman Tieche said he noticed the request for a reduction was to be made by June 1 and the letter from the fairgrounds was dated June 27.

"They missed the deadline so no discount should be given," Tieche said.

The issue failed to pass after a 3-1 vote with Councilman John Morvay casting the only yes vote. The failure causes the issue to revert back to the 33 percent the fairgrounds gets under the agreement.

In other business:

Mayor Richard Duffett reported last month's Mayor's Court brought in a net collection to the city of $3,897.09.

An ordinance had a first reading involving new water department standards. The ordinance will be placed for a public hearing at 5:20 p.m. on Aug. 21.

An ordinance was approved for dispatching services for Cardinal Joint Fire District, Ellsworth, Berlin Center, and Green Township. The new agreement locks in the fees for three years. Atty. Mark Fortunato said if any one of those entities pulls out of the dispatching services, they would still owe for the three years. Because Councilman Morvay abstained due to his being on the Fire Board, the vote was only 3 for the ordinance. It would have taken four votes to pass it as an emergency ordinance. Since it only had three votes, it still passed but won't go into effect for 30 days.

Approval was given for an ordinance limiting the size of garage sale signs to 4 square feet.

Council approved the city manager to act as the city's agent for annexation of the Red Gate Farm property. A resolution was approved to state the available services the city would provide to the property.

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