Canal Fulton City Council makes personnel changes

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Canal Fulton City Council

Tuesday meeting

KEY ACTION: Made several personnel changes upon reconvening after executive session.

DISCUSSION: Law director Dan Bucher Jr. will take over William Rouse's role as city manager, while Rouse will return to his former position as finance director. Council also hired Alex McCallion as part-time law director to replace Bucher with an annual salary of $20,000.


  • Chose Eric Whittington and Douglas Morgan to serve as president pro tem and vice-president pro tem, respectively.

  • Chose former council member Bonnie Donaldson to continue to serve as the city's liaison to the Northwest Stark Senior Citizens Center.

  • Appointed Douglas Smith to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

  • Hired former police officer John Barabasch to serve as an auxiliary officer for the Police Department.

  • Heard that a mural of the city's history that once hung on the former downtown fire station and has been in storage for years will be installed at the Schalmo Family YMCA.

  • Discussed, but made no decision, on adding a monthly sewer maintenance fee to utility bills. The fee would be used to examine and maintain sewer laterals connecting the main sewer line to the house service line in an effort to forestall any problems. Lateral repairs are the responsibility of the property owner and can be costly if hiring a private company.

  • Approved a purchase order to pay Wenger Excavating Inc. $623,442 to replace the Market Street waterline.

UP NEXT: Will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Safety Center. A preview of the Fire Department’s recruitment video will be shown at 5:45 p.m., followed by a work session at 6 p.m. to discuss expansion of the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA), construction of a stage at St. Helena Park, and trash pickup. Council and committee meetings may be viewed in real time on the city’s Facebook page or through its website.

– Joan Porter

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