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Canton considers request to vacate alley


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

Canton residents Jamie and Holly Knutson were present and made a request for the city to vacate an alley at the May 14 meeting of the Canton City Council.

The alley runs between the Knutson and Newman properties in Canton and is not in use. Mayor Donivee Johnson compared a survey presented by the Knutsons with one done for the old school and noted that part of the alley runs under the school and was never abandoned when the school was built. The council discussed whether the portion under the school should also be vacated if they granted the Knutsons’ request, but ultimately decided not to do so at this time.

The council determined that there was no reason not to vacate the alley as requested. It was agreed that the alley has never been and never will be used by the City. Another portion of roadway adjacent to the Knutson property was also briefly discussed, but the council stated it would not abandon that property as it would be necessary for any development in that direction.

The cost of the vacation is to be split between the property owners. The council will look into the cost and take the steps necessary to vacate the alley.

Canton Day Off

Councilor Cindy Shanks provided an update on the plans for Canton Day Off. A complete schedule of events is available online at www.cantondayoff.com. Anyone interested in participating can now sign up online for the parade, 5k run/walk, Boomer Backyard BBQ Cook Off and the Bloody Mary contest. T-shirts are now available online for $20-$22. Order by July 15 to receive in time for Canton Day Off.

All planters for Adopt-a-Planter have been adopted for the summer. They will be decorated and judged during Canton Day Off.

The city is still seeking food vendors for the occasion. If interested, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (507) 743-5000.

The council reviewed and approved a draft of an Aid Agreement between Canton and Harmony for assistance by means of the services and equipment of the Harmony Fire Department for the Canton Day Off fireworks planned for August 17.

Other Business

Construction is progressing quickly at the future Canton government center. Foam insulation is scheduled to go into the old liquor store building soon and over the summer it will get new windows, doors and siding. Work is being done by DJC Con .....
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Canton moves forward with spring projects

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council took a walk down the street to the old liquor store building at the beginning of the April 9 meeting to take a look at the current state of the building and discuss plans for rebuilding now that the weather is improving. Th ..... 
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Canton forgives over-run charges

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

A resolution to forgive water/sewer over-run charges was approved at the March 11 meeting of the Canton City Council. There will be no charge for water/sewer over-run for the months of January, February and March due to extreme cold weather. Town ..... 
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Canton plans for big “Day Off”

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

Every five years Canton’s “Day Off” explodes into a three day celebration that consumes the entire town. “It’s going to be big,” said Acting Mayor Cindy Shanks at the February 12 Canton City Council meeting as she went over the plans alr ..... 
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Mabel-Canton junior class brings proposal to city council

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Canton Government

By Hannah Wingert Representatives of the Mabel-Canton junior class addressed the city council to ask permission to plan a 5K fundraiser event on October 19, 2013. A route has not yet been determined, but they are planning to use Steam Engine Park ..... 
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Canton proposed tax levy set at 8 percent

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council set the 2014 proposed tax levy at 8 percent at its September 11 meeting, a number that will be reviewed and finalized in December. A proposed levy can be reduced before it is finalized, but not increased. In other financial n ..... 
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Canton Liquor Store Will Remain City Property

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Canton Government

By Steve Harris The decision by the city of Canton to retain ownership of the town liquor store, and the plan to close the business, liquidate the remaining inventory, and renovate the structure for future town use, was discussed at the City Counci ..... 
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Sewer Plant Flooding, Response Reviewed in Canton

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Canton Government

By Steve Harris At its July 10 meeting the Canton City Council reviewed reports of recent storms and heavy run-off that created flooding issues at the town’s sewer plant, a situation that will require inspection of local manhole covers. “We act ..... 
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BBQ and More at “Canton Day Off”

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Canton Government

By Steve Harris At their monthly meeting on June 12, the Canton City Council learned that a first-ever BBQ Cook-Off is one of the fun events in the planning stages for this summer’s “Canton Day Off,” scheduled for August 16-18, 2013. Other ev ..... 
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