North Canton will work with the Ohio Department of Transportation on three future road projects.

NORTH CANTON The city will partner with the Ohio Department of Transportation for three road projects, City Council voted Monday.

In their first meeting of 2017, North Canton City Council approved three ordinances establishing Local Let project agreements with the Ohio Department of Transportation. Local Let projects are ones that use local, federal and state funds.

As part of the agreements, North Canton will pay 20 percent of the project costs. The city is looking for additional grant funds to cover those expenses, said Councilman Dominic Fonte, Ward Four. 

The projects are not scheduled to begin this year but the city is required to pay its portion in advance.

Council approved agreements for the following projects:

• Resurfacing Portage Street from Wise Avenue to Main Street, including the repair or replacement of catch basins and the installation of curb ramps that meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The city's share is $115,000 of an estimated $577,500 total and the project is scheduled to begin in 2022.

• Resurfacing South Main Street between Knoll Street SE and Rose Lane Street SW, including catch basins and ADA-compliant ramps. The city's share is $159,000 of an estimated $760,000 total cost. The project is set to begin in 2019.

• Widening West Maple Street between Main Street and Ream Avenue. The city plans to extend the existing left turn lane, as well as revamp other parts of the road, Fonte said. For the local let agreement portion of the project, the city's share is $129,855 of an estimated total cost of $649,276. The project is scheduled for 2018.

Other business

• Council welcomed new Director of Administrative Services Patrick DeOrio. DeOrio began the newly-created city job January 17. He served as a North Canton City Councilman from 2005 to 2011 and left his position as the Chief Financial Officer of the Canton Municipal Court. 

Mayor David Held "called and convinced me there was a greater need to serve a greater good," DeOrio said

• Announced the retirement of City Engineer Jim Benekos, effective February 3. Benekos has been with the city 16 years and has accepted a job in the private sector.

"Jim, those are big shoes to fill when you leave. You've done a great job for us," said Vice President of Council Doug Foltz, Ward One.  

• Discussed traffic studies showing that drivers routinely go faster than the speed limit on portions of Main Street and Charlotte Street NW.

• Heard that the city will hold a city tax preparation day March 16 enabling residents to get assistance filing their taxes with representatives from the Regional Income Tax Agency. 

• Heard a presentation from Veritas Solutions Group on a fraud and ethics reporting program the city could purchase. 

Up next: Meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at North Canton City Hall, 145 N. Main St.

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