Sunday, April 21, 2013
Catch up on seven days worth of North Canton news with our Week in Review update.
Get the full story by clicking on the blurbs below: 1. The new North Canton YMCA Child Care center is just a few months away from completion. Click here and learn more about the project. 2. Infrastructure upgrades aren't cheap! $90 million will be spent on renovations to Canton's sewer plant, and North Canton has to pick up $2 million of the tab. 3. Councilman Doug Foltz would like the city to spend $50,000 to create more parking near the little league ballfields. Should more spots be added, or could the money be better spent elsewhere? 4. No need for the TV guide this week when looking for something to watch. Just step outside for the 2013 Lyrids meteor shower. 5. Hoover High School earns national recognition from The Washington Post. 6…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Is it time North Canton added new parking spots to the Little League ballfields? Councilman Doug Foltz says yes.
Ward 1 City Councilman Doug Foltz restarted the conversation over additional little league parking at Monday's Council meeting when he suggested the city spend $50,000 to help pay for a gravel lot off East Maple Street. The proposed parking area — a 2.9-acre plot owned by the city — is grass now, but could be graded and covered with gravel, said Ward 4 Councilman Jon Snyder. The area would fit roughly 80 cars and provide extra parking for North Canton Little League and Hoover Trail parking. The necessary money, Foltz said, could be taken out of a deceased resident's $150,000 bequest. With nearly 300 existing parking spots, the North Canton Planning Commission rejected the parking expansion plan in March, but Foltz said it's needed given …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The tournament is slated for May 24-26.
It's once again time for the North Canton Little League (NCLL) Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. Each year, 16 to 24 teams from Central and Northeast Ohio participate in the competitive sporting event, according to NCLL Tournament Director Scott Clark. This year, play will begin on Friday, May 24 and will end with the crowning of the tournament champion on Sunday, May 26. The entry free is $325 per team, and all games will be played at the North Canton Little League Complex, located at 1455 East Maple St. NE. NCLL will serve a variety of concessions and fast food, and a large, shaded pavilion is available for team use between games. Teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games played on May 24 and 25. The top four teams advance to semi-…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Gary Giammarco, president of the North Canton Little League, says the league has spent so much time defending itself that it hasn't had time to explain its side of the story regarding overhead lights, parking and registration fees
There's a lot to say about the North Canton Little League and why it needs overhead lighting. But, Gary Giammarco, who's led the organization as league president for 25 years, says the group hasn't gotten much of a chance to explain its need to the city or to its residents over the last several weeks. "You're only allowed three minutes at city council meetings," Giammarco said. "There's no time to explain ourselves because we're always defending ourselves." The issue of overhead lighting at the baseball fields off of East Maple Street has been an issue of contention since it was brought up in January. City council members publicly discussed the topic with the community until they realized the proposed lighting would need to be OK'd by the …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The proposed overhead lights will be considered separately at an upcoming Planning Commission meeting, most likely in April.
The city of North Canton will have to do without 78 more parking spaces at the Little League field. The commission met Wednesday inside Council Chambers and decided to turn down the site plan for a new lot at the ball fields. Right now, there are 277 parking spots. According to The Canton Repository, the planning commission voted 3-2 to reject the city administration’s plan for additional gravel parking spots at the city-owned fields. The parking area, if approved, would have been on a portion of a 2.9 acre plot owned by the city. “I’m surprised they voted that down,” Council President Jon Snyder told The Canton Repository. “Obviously it needs some more work, the request.” For a more in-depth story, read the full article on www.…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The North Canton Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday inside City Hall
The North Canton Little League ball fields could see a few extra parking spaces if the Planning Commission gives its OK on a new parking area. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday inside Council Chambers in City Hall to discuss the site plan review for a new lot at the ball fields. According to the meeting's agenda, the city of North Canton submitted the conditional use application/site plan review, which includes adding a parking area for Little League activities and Stark Parks Hoover Trail at 1525 E. Maple St. (Parcel No. 55015615). "The city has requested the parking lot because we owe it to the neighbors to police and keep the safety and security of these children playing out there," City Council President Jon Snyder said. …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Council invited the public to speak about the proposed lights at the Little League field during the past month, but the decision to allow lights really lies with the Planning Commission
North Canton officials have to switch gears after finding out the decision to allow overhead lights at the Little League fields doesn't lie with city council, but the planning commission. The proposed change to the Little League contract had been discussed by North Canton City Council members along with residents and Little League officials throughout the month, with a public hearing just for that issue taking place Feb. 4. But, it's not up to council whether the lights are added. "We were actually just one step ahead of ourselves there," Council President Jon Snyder said. "I don’t know if it was an oversight or what, but now we’ve got to correct it.” So the proposed change to the Little League's contract will head to the planning …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
North Canton residents took to Facebook and the comments section after a blogger said that North Canton is under attack.
A decision hasn't been made on lighting at the North Canton Little League fields — but some residents have voiced their opinions on what ideas deserve to win. Twenty-two people spoke at North Canton's public hearing regarding proposed overhead lights, and of those 22 people, 11 were for and 11 were against the addition of the lights. Then, Chuck Osborne put in his two cents in a Patch blog entitled North Canton Neighborhoods are Under Attack! Osborne believes "The proposed expansion of the activities conducted by the North Canton Little League is an intrusion on the peace and serenity of a neighborhood that can start the decline of a neighborhood." (Read his full blog post here.) And just like the public hearing — comments for and …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Peters was slated to lead a meeting to discuss issues surrounding the proposed lights at the North Canton Little League field at 4 p.m. The public hearing has been canceled.
One North Canton resident says: Neighborhoods in North Canton are under assault — not just from meth houses to foreclosures and arson incidents, but also by the proposed lighting at the Little League ball fields.