Canton Township Old Firestation

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To The Editor:

I oppose the fire levy in Canton Township. With a declining population overall and the remaining population getting older and on fixed incomes, there is less money. The existing stations are not that old and are located around the township, close to the all areas of the township. What is being asked is for $1.4 million to renovate a 50 year old building and possibly eliminate some stations that are newer. The cost of the "new" station was $225,000. That money could have been better spent attracting new business to the township which would in turn put people to work, start selling more homes, increasing the population " then look at building a new station. The location of the "new" station is of concern to me also, it is on what seems to be a narrow street with the only exit onto a two lane state route " Cleveland Ave. That section of Cleveland Ave. backs up with bumper to bumper traffic at least once each day. How is a 40 foot fire truck going to exit 38th St. and head south during these periods? The cars are very close to each other and almost impossible to move over. The Wiseland Ave. station exit is to a three lane highway giving all vehicles a chance to adjust. It would have made more sense to buy the condemned North Industry school, demolish it and use a steel building to house a new station. This could probably have been done for not much more than the $225,000. I would like to ask the trustees and fire department if this and/or other options were discussed before asking the residents for $1.4 million that we do not have? It is not late to sell Amos and be much smarter with our money.

Ronald Keeney

3685 Cleveland Ave. SW

Canton, Ohio 44707

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