City council handled these items Tuesday:
Authorized the board of control to seek bids for 2002 citywide sidewalk replacement. Also authorized the control board to accept $217,164 from the Mahoning County Local Community Development Fund for the sidewalk project.
Appropriated $477,000 in federal money for housing demolition.
Appropriated $50,000, increasing the total to $70,802, to pay for inspection, environmental reports and historical documentation as required by federal law for the replacement of the Marshall Street bridge.
Authorized the board of control to waive formal bidding and make a $175,457 payment to Marucci & amp; Gaffney Excavating Co. for emergency repairs and relocation of a 24-inch sanitary sewer on Oakhill Avenue, between Mahoning Avenue and Marshall Street. The work was done immediately to avoid fines and penalties by the Ohio and U.S. environmental protection agencies. Sewage backed up into two businesses and sewer crews couldn't clean out the line because it was 100 years old and the brick framework had collapsed. The sewer was 20 feet deep and near a pier for a railroad bridge. A new 400-foot section of sewer was built.
Authorized the board of control to grant a $140,000 facade loan to Domestic Linen Inc.
Appropriated $10,000 as the city's share of costs to the Mahoning River Corridor of Opportunity project.
Changed the job of interviewer to community assistance specialist in the Community Development Agency and reduced the pay from $30,667 to $26,250 a year. Also changed the title of the department's housing inspectors to housing rehabilitation inspector.
Increased the amount of a site development grant for M-7 Technologies by $10,000, to $100,000. M-7 is building a $4.4 million facility at the Ohio Works Industrial Park.
Passed a long-debated kennel ordinance, which defines kennels, limits the number of dogs they can house and imposes requirements for their operation.
Authorized the city to accept a $389,878 state grant to buy 20 laptop computers for police cars and related equipment and training.
Defeated by a 4-2 vote an ordinance that would have rezoned 1540 Himrod Ave. from residential to business to allow establishment of a barbershop there. Residents opposed the zone change.