Council member resigns

Council member resigns
McDONALD -- Tom Hart has resigned his council seat.
Hart, elected in 1994, resigned at Wednesday's meeting, saying he joined council to help a village he loved but was unaware of "all the back-door, back-room, back-stabbing politics that goes on."
He also cited personal reasons. Council will accept applications for the vacant seat.
Wendy L. Kosovec, who served as finance clerk and clerk of council, resigned in December, citing personal issues and politics.
Council gave second reading to an ordinance Wednesday that would combine the vacant, part-time finance clerk's position with the part-time treasurer into one fiscal officer. The elected positions would be abolished in favor of the part-time appointed position.
Niles officeholderswill get raises
NILES -- Some officeholders here are getting a raise.
Council approved legislation Wednesday. None of the increases takes effect until Jan. 1, because state law forbids elected officials from granting themselves mid-term raises.
The mayor's salary goes from $45,000 to $52,500; the law director's from $35,000 to $38,000; council members' from $6,000 to $6,500; and council president's from $6,300 to $6,800.
The amounts for some positions will increase in coming years, with the mayor making $60,000 in 2006, council getting $7,000 in 2005 and council president receiving $7,300 in 2005.
CommissionersOK workers' party
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have approved a $4,000 party for some 180 workers at the county department of Jobs and Family Service, during which employee-of-the-year awards will be announced.
The party at Leo's Ristorante in Howland will be paid for entirely with state funds, which is allowed by state law, said Thomas Mahoney, head of the county department.
"This will probably be the last year we do it," Mahoney said. "We have been hit pretty hard" by state budget cuts.
About $700,000 already has been cut from the department's $9 million budget from last year and more cuts this year are expected, he said.
Employees and their spouses who attend the evening banquet will be offered a choice of chicken, beef or vegetarian entree. Tickets for spouses cost $10.
Contract ratified
WARREN -- Assistant wardens at the Trumbull County jail have ratified a contract that includes a retroactive 5-percent raise for the first year of the contract, which runs from Oct. 1, 2001, to Oct. 1, 2004, and calls for 3-percent raises in the second and third years.
The 68 assistant wardens represented by the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association earned between $12.34 and $15.11 in the first year of the contract.
Fire hydrants
GIRARD -- The city began Wednesday replacing 50 fire hydrants. Weathersfield residents may experience low or no water pressure or discolored water from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day for the next week.
Board member to runin Niles 2nd Ward
NILES -- Rocky L. Riviella of Niles filed to run for the 2nd Ward council seat in the May Democratic primary.
Now in his fourth year on the board of education, Riviella worked four years as an assistant state auditor and has worked the past six years as the administrator and controller in the Trumbull County Engineer's Office.
A 1987 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, Riviella graduated in 1993 from Youngstown State University with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a minor in finance, management and marketing.
Lecture series
NILES -- McKinley Memorial Library and Niles Historical Society will co-sponsor the fourth of six free public lectures in the series of famous citizens of Niles in celebration of the state's bicentennial.
Paul Rohrbaugh will speak at 7 p.m. Monday about President William McKinley.
To face charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- When she's found, Patricia Burns will face six counts of child endangering in Mahoning County Juvenile Court, said Maj. Michael Budd of the sheriff's department.
Burns, 33, of 2032 Elm St., has not been seen at the house since last week, when city police found deplorable living conditions, Budd said.
Six children in the house, which police said was filled with human and animal feces, were turned over to Burns' mother.
The sheriff's department investigated the case on behalf of the county's Children Services Bureau.

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