North Canton city council continued talks on plans to make over the exterior of city hall and improve a nearby small park.
KEY ACTION: In the second of two back-to-back meetings, a discussion on repairing and renovating the exterior of city hall continued Monday.
Council first discussed overhauling the city hall portico, which stretches the length of the building on North Main Street, in April. The portico is not safe to walk on and is leaking, causing damage to parts of the North Canton Police Department and other rooms below.
During the special committee of the whole meeting, Director of Administrative Services Patrick DeOrio brought up expanding that renovation to the small park next to city hall and the historic Hoover Co. guard booth.
The city also could look at other design changes to the front of city hall, he said.
The small park has bricks that need repaired. A redesign could include a small walkway or more benches, said Councilman Mark Cerretta, At-Large.
"City hall is not most desirable place to look at that's for sure. And no matter what we do down the road, we should make city hall look decent," he said.
Cerretta and other council members agreed that the city should bring in an expert to redesign the space.
DeOrio suggested setting an "aggresive" deadline for the repairs: the annual Main Street Festival set for Aug. 19-20.
"If the contracting gods are with us and we can get this project done this year, I have a date I'd like to push," he said.
• Set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, before the regular council meeting to discuss the recommendations of the Charter Review Commission. The commission's reccomendations will run as a public notice in The Canton Repository May 9 and May 16, said Clerk of Council Mary Beth Bailey.
• Adopted the third reading of an ordinance to update the city's record retention policy. The changes would put the city in line with Ohio law.
• Adopted the third reading of an ordinance amending the collective bargaining agreement with the newly renamed North Canton Utility Specialists union.
• Adopted the thid reading of an ordinance naming representatives to the Regional Income Tax Agency's Regional Council of Governments Delegates.
• Introduced legislation that would allow the police department to spend donated funds to buy police body cameras. The donated money will be combined with grant funds.
Regular committee of the whole meeting 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.