YOUNGSTOWN City council action

City council handled these items during a special meeting Wednesday:
Sought clarification from Law Director Robert Bush Jr. on the outcome of a vote. Bush said he would research the issue. Council voted 4-3 to authorize the board of control to renew the contract of Veronica Foster as director of the Weed & amp; Seed program, a South Side anti-crime, neighborhood redevelopment program. The item had been in the second of three readings. Some council members said council rules require six votes to pass an item when it is in a second reading. Others said four votes were enough for passage. The council members who voted against the director's renewal said they want to see the program spread to their wards.
Sent legislation that would sever ties between council and the city's downtown agency, the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp., to the third of three readings. The item must be voted on or sent to committee at the next council meeting.
Approved a resolution expressing the city's intent to provide $200,000 of federal money over the next four years to the SMARTS program, a fine arts learning center that will include the Youngstown Symphony Society, city schools and Youngstown State University.
Authorized the board of control to accept the gift of a used brush chipper-grinder from the Mahoning County Solid Waste District, valued at $7,500. The equipment will help the city manage brush and tree limbs.
Transferred $50,000 to pay Mount Auburn Associates of Massachusetts to develop the city's federal renewal community application.

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