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.
North Canton City Council
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Council President Jon Snyder said the next step is to wait for more details from the North Canton Little League about when the lights will be used
Lights or no lights at the North Canton Little League fields? It's a true toss-up. 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. Now, North Canton City Council awaits a rundown of information from the Little League directors, including when the lights will be in use. "What I asked to happen is that the directors of the Little League submit to us ... a request of hours they would potentially light the field and what they would do about the loud speaker system and the parking … so we can look at all that," Snyder said, adding council will meet with the board of directors Feb. 19. That's right; North Canton …
Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Peters will lead a meeting to discuss issues surrounding the proposed lights at the North Canton Little League field. That meeting starts at 4 p.m. today.
Editor's note: Tonight's meeting has been canceled. Check back with North Canton Patch for more information. City officials hope to broker an agreement between the North Canton Little League and Ward 2 residents during a public hearing today. Ward 2 Councilman Daniel "Jeff" Peters said he hopes residents and Little League officials can settle their differences about proposed overhead lighting at the fields. The meeting kicks off at 4 p.m. inside Council Chambers in North Canton City Hall, 145 N. Main St. It follows a public hearing that took place Monday night inside City Council Chambers in which residents and Little League officials shared their insights into the addition of the lights. But, the addition of overhead lighting isn't just …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Chuck Osborne told North Canton police he was assaulted by a North Canton Little League board member after he spoke out against proposed overhead lights at a public hearing Monday
One North Canton resident says a city meeting got a little heated Monday night when he was "lured outside the public hearing" and assaulted in an open lobby inside City Hall. Chuck Osborne, who had spoken against the addition of overhead lights to the Little League ball fields, told North Canton police a member of the Board of Directors for the North Canton Little League physically assaulted him. "Before he assaulted me he told me he thought I was grandstanding when I spoke before city council," Osborne said in an email to North Canton Patch. "The ordeal was a little unsettling." North Canton City Council hosted a public meeting that started at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the proposed overhead lighting. It was slated to last a half hour …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
North Canton City Council had on Monday night its first reading for the 2013 budget, which, as Council President Jon Snyder describes it, is "a product in work."
City Council is moving forward with the city's 2013 budget, but it's yet to be balanced. Council had its first reading of the budget at Monday night's meeting in Council Chambers, and, according to Council President Jon Snyder, it's "projected to be in balance." "It's a product in work," Snyder said. "It's been a very arduous process — the most time-consuming budget I've seen in my time here." Finance Director Karen Alger had presented a proposed 2013 budget at the Jan. 22 council meeting, and that budget showed the city's estimated spending exceeds its revenue by $3.6 million. And $1.4 of that deficit is in the general fund. And, according to Cantonrep.com, city council will consider "fee increases, cuts in service, and possibly some …
Monday, January 28, 2013
North Canton City Council will meet at 7 p.m. inside Council Chambers and have its first reading on current expenses and other expenditures for 2013
North Canton City Council is slated to have its first reading on 2013 expenses when it meets inside Council Chambers at 7 p.m. tonight. According to Cantonrep.com, city council will consider "fee increases, cuts in service, and possibly some layoffs of city employees as the city faces years of growing deficits." The paper reported that Finance Director Karen Alger presented a proposed 2013 budget at the Jan. 22 council meeting, and that budget showed the city's estimated spending exceeds its revenue by $3.6 million. And $1.4 of that deficit is in the general fund budget. Council also will recognize visitors before it begins reading the ordinances and resolutions. Council President Jon Snyder had invited the public to share their thoughts …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
State law requires that if a person dies in their municipality, the city must pay expenses if no relatives are found.
North Canton City Council voted Tuesday night to approve paying for the burial of a recently deceased resident. Council President Jon Snyder said Tuesday that a man was found dead in a trailer park several weeks ago and the city is responsible for his proper burial. Snyder said the coroner's office notified the city last week that the law required the city to take care of and pay for the arrangements. According to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 9.15), if a resident of a township or municipality dies in the location they reside, if no next of kin or relation is found to take care of the body, the city is required to do so and pay the expenses. North Canton's legislation says the city is responsible for up to $5,000, however, most expenses will …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
North Canton City Council will meet tonight in Council Chambers. Take a look at this update to see what's on tonight's agenda.
North Canton City Council continues its discussion tonight about whether three North Canton Little League fields should have overhead lights. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. inside City Council Chambers. Residents had showed to the Jan. 14 meeting and shared their concerns about it, and others shared why they thought the fields need the lights. Council members will first meet at 6:30 p.m. in executive session (not open to the public) to discuss personnel matters pertaining to the employment of a public employee. Interested in seeing what else is on tonight's agenda? You can find the full agenda in the .pdfs section of this update.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Several residents who live near the North Canton Little League fields spoke out against the possible addition of overhead lights at the city council meeting Monday night
Let there be light? Residents living near the North Canton Little League fields aren't so sure about that one. When North Canton City Council announced it would consider a change to the league's lease agreement, allowing overhead lights so athletes could play at night, residents were ready to share their concerns. At its Monday night meeting, council heard from several residents who just didn't think it was a good idea. They said nighttime play would increase the number of cars in the parking lot, which fills quickly, causing people to park illegally in the neighborhoods and walk to the ball fields. It would also mean they would hear the loud speaker after dark. Another concern — this one from nearby resident Dell Pucci — was that the …
Monday, January 14, 2013
North Canton City Council members will discuss electrical aggregation at 6:30 p.m. tonight
North Canton City Council members will gather in Council Chambers tonight at 7 p.m. for their council of the whole meeting. Before that, at 6:30 p.m., they'll take part in an open meeting with Chuck Keiper, executive director of Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, to discuss electrical aggregation and answer questions. The public is welcome to attend. At the Jan. 7 meeting, Council President Jon Snyder encouraged residents to bring their questions or concerns about possible overhead lights at the North Canton Little League fields. North Canton Patch reader Del Pucci just shared her thoughts on the website: "We have been putting up with noise, music, loudspeakers, etc for quite a few years from the Little League Ballfields. The neighbors…