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East Canton council discusses village property maintenance

By DONNA ROBINSON The Press-News Published: August 12, 2016 10:00 AM

EAST CANTON -- Village council members held a discussion during their Aug. 1 meeting regarding how village properties should be maintained.

According to a village ordinance, all exterior walls should be maintained structurally. They should be safe and coated to prevent deterioration. All exposed surfaces of metal or wood should be protected from elements of decay or rust by periodic application of weather coating materials such as paint or similar surface treatments.

Council members heard from a village resident who expressed concern about a house on Liberty Street. The resident noted the owners have a large dog that has attacked her and others. Council was informed the matter was reported to the dog warden, and the warden was informed children were living in the house. The warden did not remove the dog, council members heard. Solicitor Charlie Hall noted the complaint could be taken to court.

Village administrator Ed Collins reported new road signs are being replaced with reflector signs. Collins said nine water valves were covered up when the state completed road paving which he and his crew had to dig back out. Council members additionally heard a fire hydrant on North Berger Street has been replaced.

Collins checked on Christmas decorations and learned they are very expensive. He suggested he and his crew work on making candy canes to place throughout the village.

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Council member Rob Buxton questioned about no parking signs next to the police department. The signs show no parking on the whole street, but some still park near the end of that street. Those who park there will be given a warning, and then a ticket if they park there again.

In park business, mayor Kathy Almasy asked council what to do with aggregation money. Almasy suggested getting two handicap swings for the park with one at the top and the other at the bottom. Swings will be equipped to hold a wheel chair.

In other business, council members:

/ HEARD a resident ask if homeowners were required to have a door to their garage. Village officials noted that is not a requirement they can enforce;

/ HEARD a letter from Almasy regarding a resolution that says the mayor has a right to refuse to sign any ordinance or resolution;

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/ ANNOUNCED a financial meeting was set for Aug. 15 prior to the council meeting;

/ REPORTED residents who would like to help work on the police levy are asked to call village hall;

/ HEARD fiscal officer Barb Hall report that since the village has less then 50 employees, and if they work steady for 30 hours a week they are eligible for the Affordable Care Act. This will be discussed again at the next Village Council Meeting;

/ HEARD Almasy asked council if anyone who would be able to attend a grant meeting at the Stark County Regional Planning Commission office on Aug. 31. Council member Kurt Geis said he would attend and Reggie McGee may also attend;

/ APPROVED invoices totaling $81,689.86 and payroll totaling $14,562.16;

/ HEARD a system has been set up to allow the village to pay bills with a credit card with a limit of $5,000.

/ RECEIVED a mayor's court report which included $1,070 in fines, $596 in local costs and $804 in state costs for a total of $2,470.

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