HIGHLIGHTS State of Warren
Topics addressed by Mayor Hank Angelo on the state of the city:
Streets: Thirty-two streets were resurfaced in 2000. The city will resurface 20 more this year.
Housing: Villas and homes have been constructed in Country Club Estates off East Market Street and officials say homes start out around $200,000. More than 100 Sunshine homes have been built and senior citizen housing is also under way. A housing community is planned for the former Westlawn neighborhood.
Parks: The city is seeking two grants to improve Packard and Perkins parks, which will open soon. Packard would get new playground equipment and a new shelter would be built in Perkins.
Transportation: Warren, Niles and other Trumbull County communities are working on a plan to create a countywide busing system. The county, state and federal governments plan to match local funds.
Entertainment: The state has granted $1.3 million so far for Riverwalk, along the Mahoning River. No money has come from the city's general fund. A 3,000-seat amphitheater will be built along Riverwalk. The Robins Theater project will transform the vacant building on East Market Street into a civic auditorium and performing arts center, with a price of about $6.5 million. The state so far has kicked in $1 million.
Cleanup: The former Mahoningside Power Plant on Summit Street was leveled in March 1999 and ongoing cleanup will cost $3.5 million to $3.7 million, none of which has come from the city's general fund. The site is heavily contaminated with PCBs, some of which have made their way into the Mahoning River. The area has been an eyesore for more than 30 years and officials hope to develop it commercially.
Water: Rates recently increased 14 percent to cover the city's $12 million cost to update the Elm Road filtration plant and comply with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandates.
City hall: The stately structure will soon be painted in historical colors. Repairs will also be made to rotten wood and stone. The building was last renovated in 1976 and has deteriorated more in the last 25 years than in its first 100 years.
Nature's Blend: Though revenues in the last three years are a little less than $15,000, officials say, the production of this organic fertilizer, made from municipal waste, has saved the city nearly $300,000.