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Canton City Council 2014-2015 Back Row L-R: David Dougherty (Ward 6), James Babcock (At Large), Richard Hart (At Large), Edmond Mack (Ward 8), Greg Hawk (Ward 1), John Mariol (Ward 7), Bill Smuckler (At Large), Kevin Fisher (Ward 5), Thomas West (Ward 2), Frank Morris (Ward 9) Front Row: James Griffin (Ward 3), Chris Smith (Ward 4), Allen Schulman (President)

Canton City Council is the legislative body of City government, comprised of elected officials who assemble for the purpose of adopting measures of municipal law.

The City of Canton is divided into nine (9) wards. Each ward elects one member to represent the ward, along with three Councilmembers-At-Large. City Council therefore, consists of twelve members.

In addition to having the authority to enact legislation, ward councilmembers represent the specific interests of the citizens in their respective wards. Council members-At-Large, represent the interests of all residents of the city without regard to ward location.

The Council President is elected city-wide and is the Presiding Officer at all regular and special meetings of Council, but has no authority to vote except in the case of a tie vote on any issue. In case of a tie, the President's right to vote is optional and not mandatory.


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Honor our nation's flag by practicing proper etiquette
By Cynthia Timberlake
Posted: Jun 15, 2009

The American flag means many things to many people. It symbolizes the freedom to make our own decisions, the ability to choose the paths we wish to take, the opportunity to follow our dreams, and so much more. As you see the stars and stripes displayed around town, or if you wish to fly your own flag, keep in mind these rules that will help to properly show your patriotism to our nation.

- When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angel …

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Councilman Griffin to hold community meeting about traffic cameras
By Adam Herman
Posted: Mar 16, 2009

CANTON, Ohio — 

Ward 3 Councilman James Griffin has announced that he is holding a community meeting this Tuesday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the City’s proposed traffic enforcement camera system. The meeting will take place at the Westminster Community Church, which is located at 171 Aultman Avenue N.W.

Representatives from the Office of Public Safety and the Mayor will also likely attend to answer questions and discuss the proposal.

Who:    Ward 3 Councilman James Griffin
What:    Community meeting/discussion<…

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