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Trustees OK Deer Spring Run speed limit

CANFIELD — Canfield Township trustees unanimously approved posting Deer Spring Run as a 25 mile-per-hour zone.

The move came this week after several requests by residents in that area. Speed reductions for other streets could follow later.

“I had three calls on speed limits on Deer Spring Run,” said zoning inspector Traci DeCapua.

She said right now there are no speed limit signs on the road, which is a cul-de-sac off state Route 46 in the north end of the township. Without the speed limit posting, the road would go with the state’s laws regarding township roads.

“Right now, by law, the speed limit is 55 miles per hour,” DeCapua said. “It must be approved by the trustees and posted at 25 in order to enforce it.”

Trustee Marie Cartwright asked about the other cul-de-sac roads in the township and DeCapua said unless they are posted, they would fall under the 55 mph rule.

After a brief discussion, it was decided to just change Deer Spring Run, then have Keith Rogers, township administrator and road superintendent, compile a list of all the unposted cul-de-sacs. That list could then be approved at a future meeting and could be posted for 25.

DeCapua said once the road is posted, the county sheriff will be able to issue speeding tickets on that road.

Trustees also discussed the CARES Act funds it will receive. Canfield Township is expecting $296,250 and there are several areas the money could be sub-granted to.

Trustees discussed issuing funds to the sheriff’s department, the Cardinal Joint Fire District for the purchase of an ambulance, and the Canfield School District’s request for $68,000. The fire district had requested $86,040 for an ambulance.

Cartwright said the fire district has a dedicated COVID-19 response ambulance that is equipped to make turnaround faster. A regular ambulance would take up to eight hours to disinfect. The COVID-ready ambulance could be turned around in one hour.

Chairman Brian Governor set 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21 for a budget hearing, at which time the CARES funds could be discussed as well.

Trustees approved ABC Storm Water District to design, bid, and make repairs to an existing 24-inch storm sewer located outside the road right-of-way at 4367 Janel Court. Rogers said it is about a $40,000 project.

Trustees approved the leaf pick-up program for 2020 that will kick off on Oct. 20 with those north of U.S. Route 224 getting picked up on Tuesdays, and south of 224 on Thursdays. More information is available on the township’s website.

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