Council gives OK for new water tank

The tank would cost about 3 million to build.
YOUNGSTOWN -- City council gave the go-ahead for the board of control to hire an engineering firm to oversee the design and construction of a new water tank to better serve customers on the city's South Side and in Boardman Township.
The contract with an engineering firm would establish a schedule for constructing the proposed new tower, said John Casciano, the city's water commissioner.
Council unanimously approved the request Wednesday.
The firm's services would include detail design, bidding assistance, construction administration and general oversight.
The 1.5-million-gallon tank, near Erskine and Afton avenues in Boardman, would cost about 3 million to construct. The tank would replace a 500,000-gallon tank at that location and a 500,000-gallon tank on Indianola Avenue on the city's South Side.
The larger tank would store more water and provide better pressure to city water department customers on the South Side and in Boardman, Casciano said.
Request for student
Also Wednesday, council heard a request for 2,400 needed to have a Youngstown high school student participate in the national Sojurn to the Past program. The 10-day trip in March includes visits to major civil-rights locations in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Penny Wells, a Volney Rogers Junior High School teacher, and Tom Anderson, a Youngstown school supporter, urged council to contribute 2,400 for one student.
Six students from the city's high schools are planning to take the trip, and funding is already in place for three of them, Wells said. The six students also spoke at Wednesday's meeting.
Councilman Mark Memmer, D-7th and the legislative body's finance committee chairman, said he planned to seek council's permission to provide 2,400 at its next meeting, Jan. 17.
Donations are also being accepted by Wells at Volney Rogers, 2400 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown 44511.
Roller-skating question
Councilman Artis Gillam Sr., D-1st, suggested Wednesday that city officials approach the company managing the city-owned Chevrolet Centre about opening the facility to children for roller skating.
The center started public ice skating at the facility recently, and Gillam said the facility should also consider covering the ice and offering roller skating. Gillam plans to talk to the center's management about his suggestion.
Also at the meeting, Councilman Paul Pancoe, D-6th, contributed 4,500 from his 5,000 council discretionary fund to the city police department's new K-9 unit toward the purchase of a dog.

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