COUNCIL Niles to vacate portions of 'paper' streets

The streets, near Eastwood Mall, will be given back to the property owners.
NILES -- City council adopted a pair of ordinances Wednesday, one proposing to vacate a portion of Patterson Street and the other to vacate a portion of Brown Street.
The vacation of these "paper" streets, which are on property in the vicinity of the Eastwood Mall, was proposed in January by Boulevard Centre Co., an Ohio General Partnership, Anthony M. Cafaro Sr. authorized agent. Cafaro is president and CEO of the Cafaro Co.
"These are what we call paper streets," explained Councilman Frank Fuda, D-1st. "So, when it is decided that no one is ever going to use them, we vacate them and return the property back to the people who own the property."
Council also adopted an ordinance authorizing the public service director to enter into an agreement with the director of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District for water to be supplied to the city of Niles. One of the projects within the MVSD multimillion-dollar capital improvement program will include renovating the city's water storage tank in Stevens Park that was built in 1930 and in need of major repairs.
Tree incident
Niles resident Carolyn Roberts addressed council concerning an accident at Stevens Park on May 14. According to the Hartzell Avenue resident, a large tree fell unexpectedly and struck her daughter and another man. She said that although her daughter sustained scratches and bruises, she was not seriously hurt. However, Roberts said that she heard that the man involved in the accident sustained a concussion.
Roberts asked that council examine the trees in the park in an effort to avoid any future accidents.
"If we could just check them [trees]," said Roberts. "I'm not asking to have anything brought down. Just see if the trunks are rotted and if there's any danger. There are just too many kids up there [at the park] to have this happen. We had no warning and it wasn't raining that day or anything."
Mayor Ralph Infante said he would seek out the expertise of the Nelson Tree Company in the matter.
Council also adopted its summer meeting schedule, agreeing to meet June 15 and then to recess during July. Members will meet again Aug. 3, but not Aug. 17. The regular meeting schedule will resume Sept. 7.

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