East Canton will make an offer on property next to village hall

By DONNA ROBINSON The Press-News Published:

EAST CANTON -- During a regular meeting of village council on Monday, council member Kurt Geis read a letter from a resident, concerning a house, next to village hall that is in foreclosure.

Geis said the house was built in 1875 and is in need of so many repairs, that it might be better to be torn down. After discussion, a motion was made to make an offer on the house, taking into consideration that it would need to be razed. The garage on the property could be kept to store police vehicles.

When a vote was taken to making an offer on the property, council was split 3-3. Mayor Kathy Almasy broke the tie, with a "yes" vote, so council will make an offer to purchase the land.

Police Chief Derrick Blake informed council, a "special weapons and tactics" (SWAT) training is being planned and could include East Canton and Canton police officers. Although he did not know the exact cost, he felt it would be a the fee would be small and ammunition would be covered. Blake said the training would include physical challenges, such as dragging a 200-pound person 30 yards.

With Canton and East Canton taking the same training, Blake said mutual aid between the two entities would be more possible. The training will be scheduled for two days a month. Blake will check into the cost and bring the information to the next council meeting.

Under service, village administrator Bill Priest reported the pump house is in need of many repairs. Upgrading is needed, due to its age and parts are getting harder to come by. He estimated the cost to be around $40,000. He thought it could be updated in steps to help spread the cost over a longer period of time.

Priest also reported he ordered 36 tons of salt for the streets.

Under grants, council member Jeff Marshall reported a grant for the village park, in the amount of $25,000, was approved. Marshall said four sets of bleachers in the park would cost $15,000 and funds could be used for that purchase. Suggestion for other needs, was to put cement in front of the restrooms to help make it handicap accessible. The restrooms also need a new hot water tank and electrical updates.

In other business, council:

•APPROVED an ordinance authorizing the mayor and service director to enter into a mutual agreement for technical assistance between the village and the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District for permit inspection and compliance reporting;

• PAID invoices of $8,590.40 and payroll of $12,238.82;

• REPORTED a public hearing is scheduled Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., at village hall for the Janice Wilson Annexation, and at least two Stark County Commissioners will be in attendance;

• HEARD dates have been set for the annual village garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 10 - 11;

• HEARD Mayor Almasy report that the Stark County Regional Planning Commission banquet will be held at Skyland Pines on Wednesday, March 20, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7.

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