EAST CANTON -- During the regular meeting of council on Jan. 2, mayor Kathy Almasy read the resignation letter from council member Jackie Lightfritz.
Lightfritz said, due to the many activities and responsibilities she has at this time, it was best for her to step down from the post. The mayor and council members discussed filling the position and the decision was to wait until next meeting. Council will decide whether to fill the position immediately or leave it vacant until the November election.
The East Canton High School girls softball team has asked council for the use of the village park in the spring to hold a fund raiser. The team is planning to hold a pig roast and other activities included cow chip Bingo. This would involve bringing cows to the park. Council members approved the use of the park, but requested "chips" be removed from the park when the game is over. It was also announced that the community will hear more about this special event, for all ages, at a later date.
In another matter, village administrator Bill Priest informed council a major water break occurred on Wood and Walnut streets. Since he was short on helpers, Priest called a private business to help. With the snowfall, Priest said he had been plowing and salting at intersections and on streets with hills. He has used about 10-15 tons of salt so far this season.
In other business, council:
• SET a finance committee meeting for Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.;
•READ a resolution to adopt a statement indicating what services East Canton will provide and an approximate date the services will provide to the territory proposed for annexation, when annexation takes place;
•HEARD the Board of Stark County Commissioners will hold an annexation hearing for the Wilson Annexation, for Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.;
•HEARD mayors report was as follows: fines-$595; local cost -$312; state cost-$473, which totals $1,380;
• CONVENED into an executive session, called by the mayor to discuss the solicitor's contract.