Goal is to demolish 2 houses a week

City council also voted to resurface parts of seven streets this year.
WARREN -- The city will embark this year on an ambitious blight-reduction program, with a goal of demolishing two dilapidated houses a week, Mayor Michael O'Brien told city council Wednesday.
"We have a very aggressive, probably the most aggressive demolition campaign in the history of this city," he said.
The mayor said Richard Boccia, president of R. Boccia Construction Co. of Niles, which is under contract with the city to do demolitions, told him Wednesday that his company could meet the two-houses-a-week demolition goal.
In other business, council passed an ordinance to buy five new police cars for $125,000, which will come from the city's general fund, and seven new, unmarked police vehicles for $150,000, which will come from money forfeited by drug dealers.
Also passed was an ordinance to spend $33,000 from funds forfeited by drug dealers for new equipment for the police department's 11-member drug house entry team.
Street repaving
Council also authorized the administration to enter into contract for a $677,530 resurfacing project involving a total of four miles on seven streets this year. Some $267,000 for that project will come from State Issue 2 funds, and the city's share is $410,530.
The streets to be resurfaced are:
Laird Avenue, Northeast, between Woodland and Atlantic streets.
McMyler Street, Northwest, between Parkman Road and West Market Street.
Northwest Boulevard, Northwest, between Lovers Lane and Southern Boulevard.
Reeves Road, Northeast, between North Road and Genessee Avenue.
Tod Avenue, Northwest, between Summit and Norwood streets.
Washington Street, Northeast, between Elm Road and North Park Avenue.
Woodland Street, Northeast, between Perkinswood Boulevard and Genessee Avenue.
Council passed an ordinance to sell about half an acre of former Consolidated Rail Corp. land on Main Avenue, Southwest, for $3,000 to Raptis Coffee Co. for a building expansion planned by the company.

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