EAST CANTON -- Administrator Ed Collins reported to council members during Monday's regular meeting about a broken water line that connects water from Canton to the village.
Village officials held a discussion regarding how many residents were not informed of the water break. Residents are informed when the school is closed for any reason. However, it is only if they are on the school closing phone list. Most residents who do not have children in school are not on the call list and therefore never got the call.
Collins noted that any resident who is on Facebook would be able to learn about any village water problems and school closings. Fiscal officer Barb Hall noted a system is available to get messages out to residents. A training session would be needed in order to proceed with that system.
Council members heard the water break required employees to work overtime to get the lines repaired. A letter was read explaining the hours needed in the situation. Officials noted the village does not have an increase in hourly wage for overtime. After a discussion, council members passed a motion to pay overtime in situations such as the water break.
Amanda Wengerd, one of the new owners of Lambert's Pop-A-Top addressed council members. She said her business would like to help the village celebrate Halloween by holding a party for children. She contacted the Foltz Community Center to see if they could use the facility's parking lot for a trunk-or-treat. The center declined due to a liability issue. Officials noted that if someone rented a room for an event then insurance coverage would go along with the rental cost.
Bill Smith, a candidate for Stark County Commissioner discussed his plans if he is elected in November. Smith pointed out the need to demolish homes that are no longer habitable. He would also like to look into ways to bring new businesses into the area and to create jobs. He noted he is eager to help the community grow being a resident of the area and the owner of Smith's Waco Market.
Council members reported trick-or-treat in the village will be Oct. 30 from 3-5 p.m. Police chief Derrick Blake said the East Canton Police Department will hand out treats. He also asked residents to watch out for children. Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church will have a trunk-or-treat in its parking lot on the corner of Cedar and Walnut.
Blake also reported some cars were broken into, and there is video of it taking place. Those who would like to view the video are asked to call the police department.
In other business, council members:
TABLED an ordinance concerning the cultivation of marijuana in the village;
RECEIVED a mayor's court report which included fines at $990, local costs at $453 and state costs at $682 for a total of $2,125;
APPROVED invoices totaling $41,505.78 and payroll totaling $13,891.04.