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Council Quick Takes: City to Consider 'Flying the Flag' at Parks, City Hall, Fire Department

The Rotary Club's "Fly the Flag" program has made it to 150 residents and businesses; now the club wants to see an American flag flying on city property.

Nearly 150 residents and business owners have signed up for the North Canton Rotary Club's "Fly the Flag" program, and now the club wants to see an American flag flying on city property.

Rotary member Megan Bishop spoke to North Canton City Council members at Monday night's council meeting inside Council Chambers. She said she'd like to see the American flags flying not only in the yards of businesses and homes, but at places such as City Hall, the North Canton Fire Department, Dogwood and Price parks and the North Canton Civic Center.

She said eight donors already have paid for flags, leaving no cost to the city.

Participation in the program costs $25 and involves a civic organization (right now it's the Girl Scouts) placing flags in the yards of those residents and business owners who've signed up. The flag would fly from the Saturday before the holiday until the Saturday after the holiday. Holidays include Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, Labor Day through Sept. 11, and Veterans Day. 

The flag sits in an 18-inch plastic pipe, which would be capped when not in use.

Find out more about the North Canton Rotary's Fly the Flag program here.

Council President Jon Snyder said the city administrator, Mike Grimes, would need to issue a letter of approval before the Rotary goes forward with the project.

Bishop added that the program is in need of more donors. For more information, call Bishop at 330-671-3493, Jim Dansizen at 330-704-1222 or John Robinson at 330-697-6280.

In other business: 

  • Council conducted interviews of candidates for the vacant Ward 3 council seat, and Snyder said council will announce the new member at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday inside Council Chambers.
  • Mayor David Held told North Canton Patch after the council meeting that the North Main Street construction is likely to be done ahead of schedule. He said that would be before mid-November.
  • City Law Director Tim Fox said the proposed graffiti ordinance has been updated to ensure the property's tenants and owners are informed of violations.
Chuck Osborne October 02, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I have attended North Canton City Council meetings on a regular basis for 10 years and have become quite familiar with the handful of North Canton citizens who also regularly attend council meetings. At the moment, there are six individuals who have applied and been interviewed to fill the vacant Ward 3 council seat beside myself. An eighth applicant has withdrawn their name from consideration. An observation on my part, but I cannot say that I have seen any new faces at council meetings since the vacant council seat was posted and applications collected. Would it be expecting too much to see the applicants who desire appointment to the vacant council seat actually attend a few council meetings during the selection process to get up to speed on the issues currently under discussion by council in case they are selected? Does council care whether or not their prospective appointee to fill the vacant council seat has demonstrated any substantive interest in filling the vacant council seat with actual attendance at any recent council meetings?
Jeff W October 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Open Letter To Chuck Osborne, Do you think the council wants to select a person that they believe has an even approach to government and decision-making? That hasn't shown over, and over again with their actions the willingness to cost the city thousands with their "look at me" attitude? Many people from Ward 3 have called council members, and the mayor to express their beliefs as to who should be their representative, and who should not. I think you can figure out which side of that ledger you fall on Chuck. Just look at your vote totals in the last elections. Please find a new hobby!

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