Is the the week from hell in Stark County?
It is the battle of which story is the most compelling?
William J. Healy, II, mayor of Canton, and his problems. Or, the clash between Jackson Township and its partner Canton versus North Canton.
Benjamin Duer of The Rep reports this way on Jackson Township trustees reaction to North Canton's annexation efforts of the Fosnaught Auto Parts business located in Jackson in order to block a Jackson/Canton Cooperative Economic Development (CEDA) agreement, to wit:
Pizzino [Jackson trustee & president of the board] said the board is “united” in its fight, and would explore all legal action to stop North Canton.Is Pizzino willing the jeopardize the safety of North Cantonians because of the Jackson trustees' tiff with North Canton officials?
He also said the board might eliminate free mutual-aid agreements they have with North Canton for police and fire services.
On the other side.
The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) has learned that North Canton may renege on its deal to provide water to Jackson Township over this fight. Do North Canton officials have any concern for the well-being of the water users?
Folks, this is real warfare!
The question. Is this fight in the best interest of Stark County?
Most would probably agree that it is not.
But who is going to step forward and bring the warring parties to a truce and, in fact, something beyond that - a win-win-win situation for Jackson, Canton and North Canton?