By Kalea Hall
Lawmakers spent time during their session this week discussing the results of Tuesday’s election.
Canfield voters passed two city charter amendments, with one adding term limits for appointed board and commission members and the other allowing citizens to discuss issues before they are voted on during a board or commission meeting.
A former council member and Canfield resident told the mayor and council Wednesday night he was disappointed in their efforts to educate the residents on the charter amendments, which they were against.
Council and the mayor defended their efforts and believed they did what they could to educate people. In addition, council members and the mayor believe voters were educated and simply want to see change.
“That’s what [the voters] wanted, and that’s what they are going to have,” said John Morvay, councilman.
The concern is that the discussions at the board meetings will be disruptive and they will become more of a town-hall meeting. In addition, the other charter amendment will cause many people who have been on the boards for years to step down, which city officials fear will lead to many vacant seats. There are five boards that are affected by the amendment.
“I hope that [the people of Canfield] show up when these vacancies occur,” said Andrew Skrobola, councilman.
The amendment establishing term limits only passed by three votes, so it will be subject to a recount.
Frank Micchia, a Canfield resident who proposed the amendments, has said he wants to see new people take over in the city to bring fresh ideas, and he wants citizens to be able to speak up when they have an opinion.
Also at the meeting, city Manager Joe Warino discussed issues involving the Ohio Department of Transportation paving project currently being completed by Diorio Paving of Girard.
Along the village green, there were reports of near-accidents because of turning lines not painted. In addition, Warino was concerned about the weather affecting the project because it has to be warm when paving.
“I want to see a product that will last out there,” Warino said.
Warino will meet with ODOT officials about the issues soon.
City Engineer David Tabek told council the North Broad Street safety upgrade is 40 percent complete. The culvert will be replaced next.
There are uniformed Mahoning County deputy sheriffs directing traffic around the road work along North Broad Street/state Route 46. The project of widening the road and adding street lights and a common left turning lane is being completed by Foust Construction Inc. of Youngstown.
“It’s a process that requires some patience,” Tabek said.