Funding equity was discussed at an earlier meeting.
By WILLIAM K. ALCORN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
STRUTHERS -- All federal liens on the former Viking Manufacturing facility downtown, which the city acquired earlier in the year, were recently released, paving the way for demolition of the cement block building by the city next year.
Mayor Daniel Mamula announced the progress on the project during the caucus before Wednesday's city council meeting.
Mamula said the city took possession of the property, located at Bob Cene Way and Bridge Street (state Route 616), and waived the delinquent taxes after there were no bids on the property at a sheriff's sale. There was no out-of-pocket cost to the city, he said.
The mayor said cost estimates are being sought to demolish the structure and prepare the site for a use that will enhance the downtown area.
Coupled with the former acquisitions of the former Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. office building site and the 40-acre former YS & amp;T Coke Works site, both of which have been remediated to Environmental Protection Agency requirements, the city now has control of three prime properties with considerable development potential, Mamula said.
Council also passed an ordinance authorizing a contract with the Hometown Journal, a newly established newspaper with headquarters in Struthers, to publish the city's required legal notices.
Funding equity was discussed at a Wednesday meeting of the Mahoning River Corridor Mayors' Association, Mamula said in his report to council.
The association consists of mayors of incorporated villages and cities along the river, including Lowellville, Struthers, Campbell, Youngstown, Girard, McDonald and Warren.
Some of the group's goals are to collaborate in the sharing of ideas, strategies and resources to address common problems and goals, and promote the river corridor as a place to live, work and play, Mamula said.
At Wednesday's meeting, attended by Mamula, Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams and Campbell Mayor John Dill, Mamula said Williams' proposed Joint Economic Development District between Youngstown, Austintown and Boardman townships was discussed.
While the JEDD is just an idea at this point, of concern to the other corridor cities is the ability of a JEDD to levy an income tax, and if that should happen, how it would affect them economically, Mamula said.
He said Williams assured him the other corridor mayors would be included in any JEDD discussions.
"We'd have to figure out how to make it income neutral for other municipalities," Mamula said.