YOUNGSTOWN Council action City council handled these items during its meeting Wednesday:
Heard Mike Cossack Jr. complain that council has prohibited parking on both sides of the street where his business is located on Madison Avenue, eliminating parking for workers and customers.Sent to the safety committee an ordinance that would create a performance-based contract with one ambulance service. Performance would be measured by response time. Now, Pellin and Rural Metro share ambulance calls in the city.Changed committee assignments. A four-member committee made several changes. One significant change was replacing John R. Swierz, D-7th, as a member of the finance committee with Richard Atkinson, R-3rd. Also, Swierz was removed from the safety committee, of which he was chairman. Artis Gillam Sr., D-1st, is the new chairman. Michael Rapovy, D-5th, was added to the safety committee.Approved 10-year, 75 percent tax abatements with four companies: Innovative Plastic Corp. of Youngstown, which will invest $183,000 in equipment and create 20 jobs; Domestic Linen Supply Co. of Youngstown, which will invest $3.38 million in the old Tartan Textile building and employ about 100 workers; Nasco Construction of Austintown, which will invest $70,000 in a building and employ five people; and City Concrete of Youngstown, which will invest $2.15 million in buildings and equipment and employ 27 workers.Honored Jason Hollobaugh, a 12-year-old West Side resident who rescue workers said saved the life of a woman he found slumped over her steering wheel as he skated through a parking lot.Honored Lt. Mark Farragher, firefighters John Carbon, Troy Hostutler and Joseph Wrenn, who helped rescue a 10-year-old girl from a second-floor window and revive her in a Jan. 13, 2001 fire.Authorized the board of control to waive formal bidding and pay Boak & amp; Sons Inc. for emergency repairs to the roof and masonry at the city-owned Wick building. During a recent inspection the roof and flashing had deteriorated and water caused damage to the building's walls. The work was deemed an emergency to prevent more deterioration and prevent potential safety hazards.Cut six jobs titles from the finance department and created five new titles as part of a continuing reorganization of the department.Increased the wage for the executive secretary position in the park department from $23,284 to $28,571 to bring the pay scale to the level of other city hall executive secretaries.