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aaWayAatL See Second Section :,Ti»^:r»pyynra;3S7t7.7g!^ ' <a/ y k U te ^ Two Sections North Canton, Ohio, Wednesday, October 14, 1992 16 Pages Twenty-Five Cents gassjaassgasga^ Annexation: What a way to grow By: Dottie McGrew. Tlie City of North Canton has matured into a comfortable middle age. What once was the modest village of New Berlin is now a city of 14,500 people spread over 5.27 square miles, proud of its tree-lined streets efficient city services and the black ink on its balance sheet. tkt.3 city is virtually debt free cefid has a $2.5 million general fund carryover. Like a wealthy and attractive matron, North Canton has had no shortage of suitors. Since 1980 the city has annexed approxirrately 225 acres, mostly in small parcels averaging a- bout 20 acres each. With few exceptions the annexation hook has been baited with city •water. North Canton has no fixed annexation policy but City Administrator John Boyajian describes the city's stance as "pro-active but not aggressive". Past annexations have been largely a matter of going through the municipal mechanics. In fact, no one car remember North Canton ever spurning an admiring neighbor. •j. But the pending annexation ¥X the 168.5-acre Beverly Estates allotment on the northwest comer of 55th St. NW and North Market in Plain Township and its implications for future annexations is causing some members of city council to call for a second look at North Canton's philosophy of municipal growth and a study of tlie cost-to-benefit ration of residential annexation. "All annexation is good for the city whether it is developed or undeveloped land, residential or commercial. It's ij.ie only way North Canton can grow geographically. You either sit back and watch these (adjacent) areas become part of .other municipalities or you ^rnnex. If North Canton hadn't 'practiced annexation in the past, we'd still be four blocks around the square," says Council Vice President Paul Blohm. But Council President Daryl Revoldt is challenging the assumption that all growth is good. "The Beverly Estates annexation is an extraordinarily complicated situation requiring a significant expenditure of taxpayer money, probably half a million dollars for water lines alone, not counting infrastructure improvements. We haven't asked enough hard questions," Revoldt says. City Council has delayed until November a discussion of extending fire, police and e- mergency medical services to the 248 owners of real estate in Beverly Estates. The discussion was scheduled for the council meeting of October 19. In the interim city officials and council members will study the proposed annexation. The city must agree to extend city services before the Stark County Commissioners can act on the annexation petition. The commissioners have set a public hearing on the Beverly Estates annexation for 6 p.m. December 9 in the Plain Township Hall. Approximately 53 percent of the property owners in Beverly Estates representing over 70 percent of the land mass signed the petition. The annexation overtures were prompted by the need for water. Reportedly one well in the area has run dry and others have been drilled deeper. The Beverly Estates annexation is the focal point in North Canton's ongoing debate over the desirability of annex-, ing developed residential property. Claims and counterclaims aside, all factions agree that North Canton has tlie water wells and the financial where withal to extend water lines beyond its corporate boundaries. North Canton is-EPA certified to pump a maximum of six million gallons of water daily from its Dressier Rd. wellfield according to North Canton City Engineer Phillip Roush. On an average day 2.6 million gallons are used. Maximum one-day use is 4.8 million gallons, Roush says. And North Canton hasn't yet tapped its reserve well- field on the former Oyster'' property west of 1-77. The balance of the city's water capital improvement fund stands at $1.7 million. Water capital improvement funds are restricted to new construction or improvements to water-related facilities. The city plans to add a third water tower in 1995 at an anticipated cost of $1.3 million. Disbursements from the fund are recovered at the rate of $500,000 a year from water user fees, according to North Canton Finance Director Margaret Loretto. The way North Canton handles the Beverly Estates annexation could be precedent setting. Residents of Nottingham Village, a development north of Beverly Estates in Plain Township, have expressed interest in annexation, according to city officials. Extending water and city services to Nottingham Village could cost $290,000, according to Revoldt. Blohm admits the annexation will cost tlie city money in the short term but believes long- term benefits will outweigh the expense. "In this case you take what is in front of you before someone else does," Blohm says. YEAR BOOK EDITORS -- Sales began in all of the homerooms this week at Hoover High School ofthe 1992- 1993 Viking yearbook. Cost of the yearbook will be $38, although discount coupons are available this week. Those who miss ordering the books in their classroom, can purchase them in Room 221 after school through October 20. Student editors have been hard at work since late spring Short history of annexation 1980 - Coventry Station 19.5 acres, 800 Everhard Rd. SW. 1981 - Windsor Medical Center, 21.3 acres, 1454 Easton St. NW. 1982 - 2.2 acres on east side of Wise St. 1983 - Maple Park Manor a- What's good for dogs will soon be good for cats By: Dottie McGrew North Canton City Council Monday night approved the first of three required readings of ^legislation adding cats to the ^ity ordinance banning dogs and other animals from running at large. The proposed legislation would not require a license or a leash for cats but would require a cat owner to keep the pet on his property. Over a dozen residents of Tower Terrace Mobile Home Park on Applegrove Rd. told council of a catalog of problems with stray cats, including permanent feline residences beneath their mobile homes. Two cat owners spoke in defense of their pets and of the difficulty in restricting them to their yards. The proposed legislation does not mean the city will set up a "cat corps" to chase cats, council assured pet owners. The ordinance will give officials authority to take action in the minority of cases where cats may have become a neighborhood nuisance, said Council President Daryl Revoldt. The city may establish a Nuisance Control Officer position, according to City Administrator John Boyajian. Council also heard a first reading of an ordinance changing the rental rates for the North Canton Civic Center. The proposed rules would require a $250 refundable cash deposit and two law enforcement officers for weekend rentals. Hiring two North Canton police officers could add as much as $160 to the cost of the rental. The Special Events Hall rents for $350 on Friday, $450 on- Saturday and $275 on Sunday. Vandalism prompted the legislation. The new legislation would give a price break for weekday morning rentals and establish rates for smaller rooms not previously available for rental. Discounts would ba offered for serial rentals. Also receiving a first reading was an ordinance authorizing the city to advertise and receive bids for curbs and gutters on both sides of Glenwood St. frcm Donner Ave. to Whipple Ave. at a cost not to exceed $150,000. Council scheduled for discussion October 19 a suggestion frcm James Preston, 826 Oakridge SW to install sidewalks on tlie north side of Glenwood only. partments, .9 acres, W. Maple St., near Wise St. 1985 - Grandjean property, 10 acres, North side of Ever- hard Rd., near Hill's mall. 1987 - Freedom Woods development, 9.3 acres, Pittsburg Rd. 1988 -Northwood School property and portions of Bob-O-Link Estates, 53.8 acres, Applegrove Rd. NW. 1988 - Boettler property 1.8 acres, Stratavon St., north of K-Mart, N. Main St. 1989 -Sturbridge Village allotment, 34.8 acres, Schneider Rd. 1990 - Walsh College, 59.4 acres, 2020 Easton St. NW. 1991 - DeVille property, 2.6 acres, Price Park area. 1992 - Portions of Holl Rd. NW, 9.2 acres, off N. Main St. 1992 - Beverly Estates 168.5 acres (pending). Corner of 55th St. and N. Market Ave. Elks make donation The North Canton Elks CLub #2029 will extend help to those in need in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. The club will not only lend financial assistance to the victims of Andrew but will take into consideration Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii as well. ■ Any member wishing to contribute to this charitable e- vent may make their contributions to the Elks Hurricane Relief Fund, c/o North Canton Elks Lodge, 801 Pittsburg Ave. NW, North Canton 44720. Lake Township Trustees public meeting By: Betty O'Neill Roderick Lake Township Trustees will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Middle School, regarding the proposed zone change of V, acres north of State Route 61'9\ The township zoning commission recommended approval of the zone change, as did Stark County Regional Planning Commission both recommended to rezone the land for commercial use. Howard Miller, owner of the Hartville Flea Market and Hartville Kitchen plans to move both operations to the tract north of 619 from their present location, across the street. He requested the zone change in order to have sufficient areas for parking and possible later development of an outlet type store. He also has requested that 45 acres south of Kauffman be rezoned for single family residential, where single family homes are to be built after the commercial development is complete, with a landscaped buffer zone in between. More than 150 people crowded into Lake Township Hall at the public hearing held by the zoning commission. Most came to oppose the zone change, because they are afraid their property values will be eroded. Trustees moved the meeting to the school site to accommodate the expected crowd. Following tlie public hearing trustees will make the final decision, however, it will take a unanimous vote of the trustees to override the recommendation of tlie zoning commission. Trustees will also hold a public hearing at 7:15 on proposed text changes to the township zoning resolution, including a definition for landscaped buffer zones. District Governor visits North Canton Rotary Club JOHN McKENZIE John McKenzie, District Governor of Rotary International District 6650, will be the speaker at the North Canton Rotary Club luncheon on Thursday, October 22. McKenzie, from Youngstown, is on a tour that will take him to each of the 51 clubs in the district. Rotary is an organization of more than 1.1 million business and professional leaders united worldwide which provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build good will and peace in the world. Rotary International is the association of trore than 25,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide. The organization is non-political and non-sectarian. "Service Above Self" is the Rotary motto. Whatever Rotarians do through Rotary, they do as volunteers. on this issue, which wil) be published in the spring of 1993. Pictured are, from left, Mrs. Ann Lozeau, yearbook advisor; Laura Shoup, Editor-in-Chief; Amy Schilling, Student Life Editor; Sara Rossio, Sports Editor, and Molly Smith, Business Manager and Class Editor. (Photo by Joanne Malene) Lake Trustees hold special meeting By: Betty O'Neill Roderick Lake Township Trustees held a special meeting Tuesday, October 6, to open bids for asphalt. Central Allied Co. of Canton was awarded the contract for 1,000 tons of #404 asphalt at a price of $16.75 per ton. After executive session trustees hired Louane Borgman to be the township's assistant Zoning Inspector. Borgman is employed on a part-time basis in the township offices. In addition trustees agreed to go ahead with tlie drainage project on Tumbleweed St., at a cost not to exceed $6,000; and proceed with grading for Lee and Sylvan Streets, at a cost not to exceed $1200. The board will ask the Stark County Prosecutor to contact the Ohio State Attorney General for an opinion on the use of general funds for the DARE program; and levy language for a Uniontown Police Department building. Because of tlie Columbus Day holiday, trustees will hold their next regular meeting on Thursday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. Quail Hollow fall foliage walk Saturday A ten kilometer fall foliage hike will be held this Saturday October 17, at Quail Hollow State Park. Sponsored by tlie Quail Hollow Volunteer Association, the hike is a fund raising opportunity for all area non-profit organizations. For information on the hike, call 877-6652. HOMECOMING ROYALTY. Members of the Lake High School Homecoming court were presented to the fans at last Friday's home football game. The Streaks gave the court and fans a homecoming to remember with a victory over New Philadelphia.
|Title||The Sun. (North Canton, Stark County, Ohio), 1992-10-14|
|Place||North Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)|
|Description||Beginning June 28, 1995, published as The sun journal.|
|Submitting Institution||North Canton Public Library|
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|Place||North Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)|
|Description||Beginning June 28, 1995, published as The sun journal.|
|Submitting Institution||North Canton public Library|
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