Youngstown City Council handled these items Wednesday:
Heard Rufus Hudson, D-2nd, suggest redrawing council wards based on the 2000 Census. The last redrawing was in 1980. There is a disparity of up to 3,000 people between certain wards. Hudson agreed that the item should be a topic for the soon-to-be-formed charter review commission.Heard Donald Crane of the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council complain about the dismantling of the old LTV seamless pipe mill. A Pittsburgh company, Sherman International, is removing the equipment and shipping it to India. Crane complained that no local workers are employed on the project and he raised questions about safety.Heard Marianne Muldrow of Woodside Avenue urge council to rename Kenmore Avenue in honor of Irma Davis, founder of the Needles Eye Christian Counseling Center.Authorized the board of control to spend in excess of $15,000 for services from the law firm of Ulmer & amp; Berne, which has a Cleveland office, for items related to the proposed downtown civic center project. The firm will handle most of the project's legal work for the next two to three years, said John McNally IV, law director. Council members talked about limiting spending to $25,000 but took no action.Authorized the board of control to spend up to $40,000 to contract with the Youngstown Area Development Corp. to manage minority and female business participation in the proposed downtown civic center project.Authorized the board of control to provide an interim loan of $900,000 not to exceed 18 months to Allegra Printing and Imaging in Youngstown for the acquisition of Postal Mail Sort Inc.Approved a resolution naming the city council caucus room in honor of the late Robert E. Jennings, a longtime 1st Ward city councilman.Honored 16 members of the fire department for their work at an April 14, 2002, fire at 14 Tod Lane that involved getting two people from the dwelling. The fire killed one resident but the other was saved. Honored were firefighters James Alli, John Carbon, John Casey, Patrick George, Gary Howell, John Lightly, Kevin P. O'Neil, Justin Quarles, Eli Santiago; lieutenants Tom Cobey, Barry Finley, John Marks, Lisa Santiago; and captains Gary Minnie, Robert Oliver, Jeff Stewart.