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Canton puts the grid on the web
Citizen involvement is the goal of new city website
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Downtown Canton at the intersection of Market and Tuscrawas Streets, long considered the "center" of town
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Street repair is going on-line in Canton.  The city website will soon include an interactive, color-coded map showing the condition of all city streets, and when and where paving is planned.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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Canton’s street maintenance budget is tight, so repairs are prioritized, usually based on engineering surveys. But weather and usage can change, and surveys can miss things.  City Councilman Kevin Fisher called for input from a source he says knows on-going street condition best — residents. 

To get that input he suggested an on-line map with colors showing street ratings—red, for example, means “needs fixing now.” 

And, he says, there are plans to make citizen interaction even more direct.

“One of the new things that’s going to be rolled out in the next month or two — and this is not an idea of mine, it’s coming from our IT Department -- people can take pictures of potholes with their I-phones and the satellite will link up to right where it is. 
"It creates essentially a work order for the city.  And you’ll be able to go on line and you’ll be able to go onto the city’s website and follow your work order.”

Fisher says Canton’s streets typically need about five times more work than the city budget can cover.  

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