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COUNCIL ACTION



Published: Thu, September 20, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



COUNCIL ACTION

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Youngstown City Council handled these items Wednesday, its first session after summer recess:

Moved to third reading a proposal to lease the B & amp;O Station, which was recently appraised at $210,000 in as-is condition, to local businessman William Marsteller. He would rent space to a microbrewery, the Ohio Brewing Co., and a restaurant, creating an estimated 35-40 jobs.

Authorized the board of control to contract with Mahoning County to split the $52,000 cost of a deputy dog warden and vehicle to service the city.

Authorized the board of control to contract with Mount Auburn Associates in Massachusetts at a cost not to exceed $50,000, to develop and write the city's application for renewal community, a federal economic development program, including tax incentives and the elimination of certain capital gains taxes for businesses, for cities with 50,000 to 200,000 people. The application is due Oct. 12 in Washington.

Authorized the board of control to accept a $203,000 federal grant, paired with a 30-percent city match, which will pay for a new rescue truck for the fire department.

Added $17,307 of the city's federal funds to $242,200 available from Mahoning County for the city's sidewalk replacement program.

Added $125,000 to the city demolition fund for the old Washington School on the West Side. The money will be paired with other funds set aside to help pay for asbestos removal before the building eventually is demolished.

Granted $3,000 to Mount Hope Preservation Society for maintenance of Mount Hope Veterans Park.

Appropriated $5,800 to pay for spending related to CityFest 2001. The money was supplied by sponsors.

Amended the city's group home law to make the payment of licenses nonrefundable. Prices are $60 for homes with up to five residents, $100 for up to 10 residents, and $150 for up to 16 residents.

Authorized the park and recreation commission to enter into agreement with Bocor Producing to drill gas wells in the parking lot of Tod Park on the city's North Side.

Vacated portions of Walnut, Emerald and Kirkland streets for construction of a new 400-unit housing complex for Youngstown State University students, for which groundbreaking is to occur later this year.

Passed a resolution condemning the Sept. 11 acts of terrorism in New York and Washington and supporting President Bush as he works with his national security team to bring those responsible to justice and defend against additional attacks.

Heard Mayor George McKelvey say he intends to hire a clerk by the end of September to handle rental property registration, such registration having been established under an ordinance passed by council in 1999.




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