Panel considers bidsfor skateboard facility
SALEM -- The city parks commission is considering bids for construction of a skateboarding facility in Waterworth Memorial Park. The structure will feature apparatus that skateboarders typically use to perform stunts.
The panel opened bids from Service Supply Limited of Columbus, for $45,000; and Vertical Skate Parks Inc. of Youngstown, which submitted three bids of $20,696, $24,044 and $26,134 that are based on different equipment options, Steve Faber, parks director, said Tuesday.
The facility is expected to be open by summer's end, Faber said. Funding for it will come from park department funds.
Rezoning for warehouse
SALEM -- Perry Township trustees are rezoning a nearly 11-acre parcel, clearing the way for a skin lotion manufacturer to install a warehouse on the site in coming months. The privately owned property is at 1746 W. State St. Its designation is being changed from a combination of business-commercial and residential zoning to light industrial. Trustees agreed to the rezoning Monday.
The property's owner, Dan Wittenmyer of Guilford Lake, has a purchase agreement with Redex Industries of Salem, which manufactures Udder Cream at a plant in the Salem Industrial Park, said Jeff Hochadel, a township trustee.
State funds for road
EAST LIVERPOOL -- Columbiana County Port Authority will receive $150,000 from the State Controlling Board for road-work development, state Senator Greg DeDonato of Dennison, D-30th, announced. The funds were awarded to offset construction costs for an access road along and across the Norfolk & amp; Southern rail line near Wellsville Industrial Park.
Republican wins seat
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Republican Mike Turzai got more than three times as many votes as Democrat Thomas Dancison in a special election Tuesday to win the 28th District seat and give the GOP a six-seat edge in the state House.
Turzai, a Bradford Woods lawyer who ran unsuccessfully against Ron Klink for Congress in 1998, garnered 4,511 votes, or 75.9 percent, to McCandless lawyer Dancison's 1,430 votes, or 24.1 percent.
Republicans now have a 104-to-98 edge over Democrats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has one vacancy.
The 28th District -- which covers McCandless, Marshall, Pine, Richland, Bradford Woods and Franklin Park -- was vacated after Jane Orie won a special election in March to fill the 40th Senatorial District.
The 40th Senatorial District became vacant after Melissa Hart was elected to represent the 4th Congressional District.
Warren Community Day
WARREN -- The 14th annual Community Day celebration will be at noon Friday on Courthouse Square. The event, sponsored by Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, will feature 43 nonprofit organizations from the Mahoning Valley.
FACT says it hopes to promote awareness of the agencies and educate people about the many volunteer opportunities available.
Music will be provided by High Society. Special displays will include Packard cars, there will be blood pressure screenings, and Campfire Girls will offer craft activities.
Community Day is part of FACT's Noon-in-the-Park event taking place Fridays during summer.
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Elections Commission will consider the cases of three unsuccessful Trumbull County office seekers who failed to file finance reports.
Lindy Lucas, who ran for Niles council at-large in 1997; Tommy Lee Perry, who ran for 66th District state representative in the March 2000 Democratic primary; and Dave Eck, who ran for Liberty Township trustee in 1995, all face possible fines for failing to file complete 2000 annual finance reports by the Jan. 31, 2001 deadline, according to state officials.
Perry and Lucas have subsequently complied with filing requirements, officials said.
A complaint against Friends of Newton Falls Fire Department for failing to file a 2000 annual finance report will also be heard when the commission meets Thursday.