Canfield residents attend meeting looking for update
By Susan Tebben
A case that has been going on for about six years brought residents of one Canfield street to the regular city council meeting on Wednesday looking for an update.
Kim Stefanski, an attorney and resident of White Oak Court, spoke for his neighbors and neighbors on Hickory Hollow, asking city council and the city attorney for an update on 514 Hickory Hollow Road.
Seven families attended the meeting as well.
The house, owned by Frank Kalan, has been the subject of numerous property violations and charges of animal cruelty, according to city attorney Mark Fortunato.
“He’s effectively had a junkyard inside the city limits and we can’t do anything about it,” said city Manager Joseph Warino, in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Kalan’s case has been moved to Mahoning County Probate Court, Fortunato told the council and residents at Wednesday’s meeting.
“The city has taken action before now, we’ve removed and impounded vehicles, we’ve removed and inventoried property,” Fortunato said. “But now we have to wait.”
The city is awaiting the results of a probate court hearing to determine Kalan’s competency, and whether he needs a legal guardian.
The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28, Fortunato said.
“After that, the city will spring into action,” he said. “But because of the nature of that type of proceeding, we can’t proceed the way we want to while someone is facing a competency hearing.”
The city council mem-bers and the mayor expressed frustration with the years-long process along with the residents.
Kalan, who was not at the meeting, has appeared before the Mayor’s Court on many violations.
“It’s exasperating for us [the Mayor’s Court], so I can’t even imagine living around there,” said Mayor William Kay.
The residence is still receiving complaints, even with the hearing is scheduled.
Complaints about dogs barking brought a visit from the humane society last Friday, Fortunato said.
But the rest of the action would have to wait.
“One of the most frustrating things about this job is how slow things move,” said council member John Morvay. “But if we go after Frank [Kalan] and he’s not competent, then we have to start the whole procedure over again.”