Canfield council hopes to move forward on annexation

Staff report


Canfield City Council will have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and possibly enter a memorandum of understanding to push forward the proposed annexation of township property.

The 18.83-acre parcel is near U.S. Route 224 and South Palmyra Road.

Mayor Bernie Kosar Sr. said both parties agree to the annexation, but the final legislation will take 30 days to finalize.

In other business Wednesday, two ordinances pertaining to city-run cemeteries were tabled for another reading at the next meeting Nov. 1. The first measure would raise the purchase price of cemetery plots and grave openings. Grave opening costs would be raised from the current $350 to $650 for an adult and from $150 to $350 for a child.

Grave sites would increase to $500, with a surcharge of $300 for residents and $500 for nonresidents.

The second ordinance involves regulation and rule changes for city cemeteries. If passed, families are limited to purchasing eight grave sites, and grave sites are limited to one flower vase. No fences or edging can be added and dogs and horses are prohibited in the cemeteries.

Councilman Joe LoCicero said he’s concerned about term limits placed on council members and noted confusion from citizens on the limits as well.

“You can’t turn this group over every two years and expect productivity,” he said.

The two-year terms approved in a charter amendment last year has made every position in city leadership open for this November’s election.

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