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Locating AEDs in Canton


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese

The Canton City Council discussed where to place two additional AEDs at their regular meeting on September 14, 2016.

The City of Canton will be getting two additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is a portable device that automatically diagnoses and treats certain life-threatening heart conditions. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in this country and an AED is an easy to operate tool for people with no medical training.

Canton currently has two AEDs, one at city hall and the other is on one of the Canton Fire Department’s trucks. The city council discussed where to place the additional two. Suggestions for the locations included First Southeast Bank, Canton Post Office, Town Hall, ZZ Tap, Canton Pub, Sarah’s Diner and the car wash. The devices need to be secure from theft and in an environmentally controlled facility. The council decided to place one AED at town hall and one in the bank’s entryway.

Other business

The council reviewed the projected budget for 2017 and currently the increase from this year is projected to be 8%. Mayor Johnson asked the council for a motion to set the tax levy at 8%. The motion was made and passed.

Mayor Johnson noted that the levy can be decreased after it is set, but it cannot be increased, and historically it has gone down before the budget is finalized and approved. City Clerk Lolly Melander provided a detailed itemization of the city’s income and costs, along with projections for the rest of the year and next year, for the councilmembers to study at their convenience. The budget will be reviewed every month through December.

Public Works Manager Jon Nordsving reported that the fire hydrant at West Street and Prairie Avenue needs to be replaced. It is one of the oldest hydrants in town. The cost for a replacement hydrant and valve is estimated to be around $4,000.

Mayor Donivee Johnson informed the Council that resident Danny Whalan met with Attorney Greg Schieber to discuss his nuisance violations and has requested an additional 21 days to clean up his property. She added that Scheiber will work with Whalan directly if the council approves the extension. He previously had 30 days to do the clean-up and the deadline was the same day as the meeting.

Councilmember Charlie Warner asked about the cost of the attorney’s work. Mayor Jo .....
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Canton Day Off this weekend

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Plans for Canton Day Off were confirmed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on August 10. The annual Canton Day Off celebration will be held this weekend, August 19-21. Council member Cindy Shanks reported that everything was ready f ..... 
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Clean up in Canton

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council addressed concerns about junk in the yards of multiple residences at their regular meeting on July 13. Mayor Donivee Johnson advised the council that a second notice was sent by the city attorney to Crystal Sc ..... 
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Variance granted in Canton

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council held a public meeting for a variance request immediately before their regular meeting on June 8. At the council’s May meeting, Rob Roy Kelly and Mary Hoffman were present to ask about a building permit and a ..... 
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Canton Fire Department upgrades

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed potential upgrades for the Fire Department at their regular meeting on May 11. Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to propose new radios for the fire department. He explained that local law enforcement a ..... 
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Water tower projects in Canton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Projects involving the water tower were up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 13. Jon Nordsving, lead city maintenance employee, reported that there is still a water leak. He was able to locate the leak, how ..... 
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Canton supports Meals on Wheels

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council voted to support the local Meals on Wheels program at their regular meeting on February 10. Mayor Donivee Johnson was present via Skype and Acting Mayor Cindy Shanks led the meeting. Debbie Betthauser, Senior Services Di ..... 
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Canton approves fees and designates

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council reviewed the Slate of Designates and fees for 2016 at their regular meeting on January 13. Mayor Donivee Johnson was not present, so councilor Cindy Shanks led the meeting as Acting Mayor. The Slate of Designates was approv ..... 
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Chicken ordinance in Canton?

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Chickens were on the agenda at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on December 9. Mayor Donivee Johnson advised the council that Canton resident Julie Pugh has chickens in her backyard. She stated that Ms. Pugh has said that she keeps ..... 
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