Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Residents' input on new park sought
The township paid more than $850,000 for the park.
CANFIELD Township residents are getting a say in the development of the new park on Herbert Road.
The township recently acquired the 57 acres on both sides of the road near Old North Church.
A committee that is overseeing ideas for the park is distributing a questionnaire that asks residents to rate, on a scale of one to five, the importance of the following features:
Children's play area and swing sets.
Paved access to the MetroParks bike trail.
Amphitheater or music gazebo.
A natural resource area.
Residents can also write in their own ideas.
Dan Bienko, who is the president of the newly formed committee, said some of the land will be set aside for a new fire station and a new township administration building.
The township paid $854,520 for the park, which is being financed with bed-tax money from hotels.
Trustee Bill Reese said the township has about $200,000, paid by developers over the past 10 years in lieu of donating open space to the township. He said that money can be used toward park development.
The new administration building, he said, will be built with general fund money. Preliminary figures show a cost of about $1 million, he said.
People who wish to fill out a questionnaire can find them at the township hall on South Broad Street in Canfield, or e-mail to email@example.com for a copy. The questionnaires are also being distributed through the schools.
The committee would like to have them back by Dec. 8.
PUD rules hearing
In other business, trustees set a public hearing on changes to the township's planned unit development zoning rules. The hearing will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 in the township hall. The township zoning commission will have its own hearing on the changes at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the township hall.
Trustee Randy Brashen said anyone interested in serving on the township's zoning commission or zoning board of appeals can send a résumé. Send résumés to Canfield Township, 21 S. Broad St., Canfield 44406.