Attorney hired



Attorney hired
HOWLAND -- Township trustees voted this morning to hire Atty. Patricia Spencer of Warren to hear appeals for parking violations and from homeowners whose houses are slated by the township for demolition.
She will work part time and earn $50 per parking violation hearing and $125 per hour for demolition hearings, officials say.
Zone change weighed
LIBERTY -- Township trustees will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. today at the township administration building to consider a possible zone change on a 90-acre parcel off state Route 304.
The township zoning commission has recommended to trustees that 60 acres be rezoned from residential to commercial and 30 acres remain residential.
There would also be an additional 100-foot buffer next to existing residential development.
Builder Robert Walley of Liberty originally sought for the 90 acres to be rezoned from residential to industrial.
To hire architects
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners are expected to vote today to hire Ricciutti, Balog & amp; Partners Architects, Youngstown, to design and oversee renovations at the county health department building on Chestnut Avenue.
The company would get paid 6.4 percent of construction costs, estimated by commissioners at $257,000.
Last month, commissioners paid a Youngstown firm $20,500 to remove toxic mold from the building's basement.
The mold was first discovered two years ago.
Voter registration probe
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Board of Elections has issued subpoenas to three men associated with the Mahoning County branch of America Coming Together Ohio to appear at a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24.
The group's regional field director, assistant regional field director and an ACT employee will be asked under oath to explain two voter registration cards submitted to the board of elections with apparently fraudulent signatures, board director Norma Williams said.
The left-leaning organization has registered about 10,000 potential voters in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, primarily by going door-to-door.
At an informal hearing last month, regional field director Bill Padisak said that an employee registering voters door-to-door in Newton Falls was deceived by a practical joker who claimed to be someone else.
The joker signed the card in the other person's name, he said.
The organization has not yet explained the second apparently fraudulent card, filed on behalf of a Niles woman who said a signature on the bottom was not hers.
Liberty schools
LIBERTY -- The board of education will meet in special session at 7 a.m. Thursday at the board offices at Guy Middle School to discuss district finances.
Voters rejected a five-year, 7.9-mill emergency levy by 211 votes during Tuesday's special election. The board will consider placing the issue on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
Teenagers robbed
YOUNGSTOWN -- A man with a 9-millimeter handgun robbed three Youngstown teenagers on Oakwood Avenue this morning, according to a police report.
The man got away with $80 from the three males.
The teens -- ages 16, 17 and 18 -- told police they were walking up Oakwood about 12:30 a.m. today when they were approached by a man who pulled out a handgun and ordered them to hand over their money.
The man fled on foot.
Grant orientation
YOUNGSTOWN -- Reservations are being taken for a Grant Center orientation program at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County's Main Library Meeting Room, 305 Wick Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
"Grantseeking Basics: An Orientation to the Funding Research Process," is a basic orientation to the Grant Center collection.
Grant writing is not included.
The program is for representatives of nonprofit organizations new to the process or for previous participants who would like a refresher.
No information is available for individuals seeking funds.
The orientation is free.
Reservations can be placed by calling Main Library, (330) 744-8636, and pressing "2" at the phone prompt for "reference information."

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