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Cerreta Pitches Neighbors Helping Neighbors Volunteer Program

Mark Cerreta, North Canton councilman at large, suggested the city organize a volunteer program that would involve schools, churches and civic organizations

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.
Hillary May 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Cerrata why don't city council members practice what they preach. Maybe the city administration and council members should start helping the citizens of north canton first. Another dumb idea from Mark Ceretta right along with the idea of digging a hole next to the pond on the fairways to help hold water back from going into residents homes, oh wait and the electronic speed signs on main street and the disaster relief fund. Boy we got some smart people working on behalf of the citizens of north canton.
Jeffrey Esmont May 09, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Wow, someone got up on the wrong side of the bed! I think it's a good idea, that's what makes North Canton a special place to live, it's not just a home, it's a community. This idea is to improve and help People or Families that need it. No one is forcing you to help, Hillary..... just like no one forced you to respond in a negative way instead of positive. BTW - I'm not sure of what you mean, practice what you preach, I, for a fact know Mark donates a great deal of his free time to the City and helping others.

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