Canal Fulton City Council
KEY ACTION Approved collaboration between the Lawrence Township road department and the city street department for road maintenance and repair in both communities.
DISCUSSION Under a Stark County Council of Governments agreement, the two superintendents will work together to share equipment and manpower for road projects.
In years past, both road departments had worked together. When Canal Fulton seceded from Lawrence Township and formed its own township, Lawrence Township lost $60,000 in tax revenue from Canal Fulton property owners. The township used some of that money to maintain the streets in Canal Fulton. Without that money, the two communities went their separate ways to get road work done, even hiring outside contractors for some of the work that had been shared by the road departments in the past.
City Manager Mark Cozy praised the cooperative efforts that recently have taken place between city and township officials. In the spirit of this cooperation, Cozy encouraged City Council to take the Canal Lands II annexation off the table and vote it down. The city had filed a petition to annex acreage in Lawrence Township along the Ohio-Erie Canal. Council most likely will vote on the measure at its April 16 meeting, when all of council is in attendance. Councilmen Paul Bagocius and Danny Losch were absent.
OTHER ACTION Heard the Ohio Department of Building Standards approved the formation of the Canal Fulton Building Department. Forming the department will allow the city to easily contract with the Massillon Building Department to issue building permits and conduct inspections within Canal Fulton.
• Heard that City Manager Mark Cozy is accepting applications until April 19 for a finance director. Current Finance Director James Goffe will be leaving later this summer to continue his education.
• Removed Police Chief Douglas Swartz from his one-year probation, effective Wednesday.
• Heard that Dominion East Ohio Gas had donated $1,000 to the installation of the mural on the High Street fire station. Installation will be done this spring by Adams Signs, which has reduced its quote from $2,680 to $1,434. The city will pay $434.
• Adjourned to executive session to discuss the acquisition of property.
UP NEXT: Meets at 7 p.m. April 16 at City Hall.