East Canton council addresses budget concerns

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EAST CANTON-- The village's budget was among several concerns addressed during council's regular meeting on Monday.

Fiscal Officer Barbara Hall discussed the budget with council informing them of estimated expenses through the year 2016. Geis stated the funds would be running low and perhaps even in the red, by 2016, pointing out that the state will not allow a village to operate in the red. Ms. Hall, pointed out, there are other avenues to pursue before that would take place.

During the public speaks portion of the meeting, Donna Robinson asked council if the Zombie Mud Run was still in the plans to take place in the village on, Sept. 7. Some residents have been leaving messages with concerns about the mud run, such as joining or helping along the run route. Their phone messages have not been returned. Council member Paul Band said he has left messages also but without a call back. Mayor Kathleen Almasy said she would try to reach someone and get back to Robinson with an answer.

Council member Kurt Geis informed council the paving of Noble street would cost $48,270. The amount allocated for the project is no more then $50,000. Council will have Village Solicitor Charlie Hall draw up an agreement regarding the specific requirements of the project.

Geis mentioned the Stark County Building Inspector did a walk through on the building recently purchased by the village. It was noted Stark Regional Planning will take care of following through with the tearing down and removal of the building.

Charlie Hall suggested that council should have a written agreement concerning the spraying of mosquitoes in the village. The agreement should allow the village to approve any spaying that might take place. Band said he has checked the bat houses located at the East Canton Village Park and found all of the houses to be occupied by a bat. He noted bats live on mosquitoes.

In other business, council:

• RECEIVED an estimate of $500 from Mitch Hershberger for one of the police cars have a paint touch up. The paint project will be placed on hold until the engine of the vehicle can be check out.

• HEARD council member Jeff Marshall report the cement slabs have been put in place in front of the restrooms at the village park to give easy access to those who are handicapped. The new bleachers will be arriving in two weeks, and they will be looking for helpers to put them together. Anyone who is able to help should contact the village hall at 330-488-0220.

• HEARD Geis mention the sharing of equipment from other facilities is still being looked into.

• RECEIVED a Mayors Court report: $1,970 in fines, $858 in local costs and $1,287.00 in state costs were collected for a total of $4,115.

• ANNOUNCED a public hearing will be heard at village hall on Monday Aug. 19.

• WENT into executive session concerning the Ohio Revised Code for hiring, firing and discipline of personnel.

• HEARD funding for the park will be running out of money soon and a levy should be placed on the ballot.

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