Councilman Mark Cerreta hopes to give North Canton residents the opportunity to help their neighbors through community service with a new Neighbors Helping Neighbors program.
The program would involve schools, churches and civic organizations — many of which already do volunteer work around the community — and open up volunteer opportunities for others who'd like to get involved.
"Community members care about their neighbors," Cerreta said at Monday night's North Canton City Council meeting, where he pitched the idea. "Community members help their neighbors out, whether it be a disaster or flood or someone facing hard times."
Council members said they hear about North Canton residents volunteering outside the city because they're unsure of what opportunities there are within North Canton.
Cerreta said the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program would match those who need help with those who are willing to help.
Council expects to move forward with the program, and Cerreta said more information will come forward in the coming weeks.
In other Council news:
- Cerreta announced the committee members for the . They are Jake Tovissi, Marcy Klee and Ronald Reolfi. The next step in the process is to create an application for the fund.
- Tabled . Councilman-at-Large Dan Griffith had requested the new legislation for council's consideration. Its language defines unsafe buildings that constitute a "public nuisance." Such buildings might be structurally defective, unsanitary or have inadequate maintenance because of continued vacancy.
- Mayor David Held reminded residents that the State of the City Address will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday inside 's Barrette Business & Community Center.
- Council announced Rep. Jim Renacci will not attend the May 14 North Canton City Council meeting. Renacci's visit will be rescheduled.