Commissioners weren't sure which way they'll vote.
By BOB JACKSON
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- A decision was expected today on the proposed annexation of some 58 acres from Green Township in Mahoning County to Salem.
A group of property owners has asked Mahoning County commissioners to approve the annexation of their land, which they believe will ultimately be developed commercially.
"I'm going to study it some more tonight and make my decision in the morning," Commissioner David Ludt said Monday.
Commissioner Vicki Allen Sherlock said both sides -- the 22 petitioners and the township trustees -- presented legitimate arguments during their portions of a public hearing in September.
"I'm not sure all the landowners understood the impact the annexation would have on Green Township," Sherlock said.
Sherlock said she also was unsure how she will vote.
Commissioner Ed Reese could not be reached to comment.
Hearing in September
The 22 petitioners said at a public hearing in September that they want their land to be annexed into Salem to receive city water and sewer services, as well as Salem fire and police protection.
The land is along state Route 14, east of Salem, in the area of Wal-Mart and other commercial ventures. It is adjacent to city boundaries on both sides of Route 14.
At the four-hour public hearing, residents told commissioners that their property is in a rapidly developing commercial area. No one has offered to buy their property yet, but they expect offers.
Atty. Al Schrader of Akron, representing township trustees, said the annexation should be denied because the petitioners did not meet some legal technicalities, including that the public hearing had not been properly advertised.
Commissioners also were expected to vote today on a resolution authorizing a reduction in the county work force.
With voter defeat of a county sales tax last week, commissioners have said massive layoffs will be needed to help make up for a projected deficit of $14 million to $15 million by the end of 2005.
Connie Pierce, human resources director, said it's unclear how many employees will be laid off or from which departments. Those decisions will be made later.