The city council can amend this slate when it is voted on during the Feb. 21 council meeting.
Mayor Gene Hobgood has released his slate of candidates for the various committees and boards that are staffed by Canton citizens at the Feb. 7 city council meeting. Though the majority of Hobgood's selections are re-appointments, he has added some new faces to his slate. Proposals from the city council have been made that would increase the number of citizens on each board, ensuring that new candidates are selected and allowed to participate in Canton's government. The mayor's slate of candidates will be voted on during the Feb. 21 city council meeting. At that time, the city council may reject the mayor's appointment of a certain candidate and replace him or her with a candidate of the council's choosing.
The city is seeking a qualified parking consultant to analyze the current parking conditions downtown and determine whether or not a parking structure needs to be built.
The City of Canton has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a parking analysis for the downtown area and whether or not a parking structure should be built to alleviate parking issues. "Recent improvements made by the City are playing a substantial role in new development and redevelopment taking place, from streetscape to building improvements," writes the city in its RFP, which is also attached to this article. "The City has tried to keep pace with the parking demand created by the growth in the Downtown area, although some merchants contend that the current public parking inventory is inadequate." The city would like to learn if a parking shortage does actually exist downtown and wants to determine ways to prepare for the city's …