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YOUNGSTOWN Child support agency won't move for now



Published: Fri, November 16, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The lease can be extended if necessary.

By BOB JACKSON

VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Child Support Enforcement Agency division of Mahoning County's Department of Job and Family Services is staying put, for now.

County commissioners agreed Thursday to extend their lease on the Erie Terminal building downtown for another year. That's where the CSEA is located.

Commissioners want to find a large enough building to consolidate the CSEA and the county welfare department, which is in McGuffey Plaza on North Garland Avenue. The two agencies were combined last year to form the DJFS.

Lease expired: The county's lease for the Erie Terminal building expired last month, but commissioners still have not found a new home for the agencies. They extended their lease at the building for a year, at a cost of $33,595 a month.

County Administrator Gary Kubic said the agreement allows the county to extend another six months, if necessary.

Commissioners recently looked at the former Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital as a possible site for the combined agencies, but opted against it because of the amount of work it would need to meet state regulations for public buildings.

Kubic also reported that repairs to the South Side Annex have been completed.

The annex, on Market Street at Southern Boulevard in the city's Uptown District, houses the board of elections, clerk of courts auto title department, Children Services Board and other agencies.

It fell into a state of disrepair because of past budget constraints that kept commissioners from maintaining it properly. Commissioners borrowed money to replace the roof, heating and air conditioning system and electrical system.

Kubic said the CSB is the only tenant remaining on the second floor. Commissioners are looking for office space to house that agency elsewhere. The Mahoning Valley Drug Task force will then move into the building from its current location downtown and take over the entire second floor.

Renovation has begun: Renovation has already begun on unoccupied parts of the second floor to make way for the task force, Kubic said.

Commissioners also authorized the purchase of three four-wheel drive sport-utility vehicles, a four-wheel drive pickup truck and a four-door sedan for the sanitary engineer's office, at a cost of $106,000. The vehicles will be bought through a state purchasing program.

bjackson@vindy.com




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