Nancy Molnar

CANTON: The city will spend up to $25,000 to have promotional items such as hats, T-shirts and mugs produced and sold.

Council on Monday authorized the administration to create the merchandising program with Advertising Specialties and Printing of Green, Canton City Schools and Junior Achievement.

The program is intended to become self-sustaining. Any profit will be spent on community policing.

Councilman Kevin Fisher cast the lone vote against the expenditure.

“We’re facing steep budget cuts,” he said. “One rookie cop comes in at $25,000. I can’t support it.”

In other business, council heard from the family of Anthony Moore, 17, who died April 16 of a gunshot wound.

Speakers included former Councilman Craig Massey, who returned from Phoenix to mourn his slain grandson. He and his supporters pleaded with city officials to solve the crime.

Several council members, Mayor William J. Healy II and Safety Director Thomas Ream expressed their condolences.

Ream said the administration’s No. 1 priority is reducing violence.

Patrick Barton resigned as Ward 7 councilman as of midnight Monday. Healy has hired him as the administration’s information technology director.

The Stark County Democratic Party will choose a replacement within 45 days.

Nancy Molnar can be reached at nancymolnar2002@yahoo.com.