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Layoffs planned in spring for Mahoning Co. engineer's office



Published: Wed, February 17, 2010 @ 5:25 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Engineer’s office is seeking concessions from its Teamster union employees, which it says could reduce the number of layoffs it will have to impose this spring.

A Teamster’s union official said, however, his union is taking a disproportionate share of the department’s layoffs, and the union will have a certified public accountant examine the engineer’s finances, which are a matter of public record, to see how that office spends its money.

“Unfortunately, we are torn between purchasing salt and cold mix and other construction materials to keep the roads in good shape or keeping people on the payroll. It’s a terrible situation to be in,” said Marilyn Kenner, chief deputy county engineer.

Because of declining license plate fee revenue, the department tentatively plans to lay off 11 members of Teamsters Local 377 on April 1 if there are no union concessions, Kenner said.

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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

"Because of declining license plate fee revenue, the department tentatively plans to lay off 11 members of Teamsters Local 377 on April 1 if there are no union concessions, Kenner said."

Up the plates fees !

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2yonko(27 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Here's a better idea...keep the plate fee as is...work on Election day instead of having a paid day off....list all, if any, concessions they have taken in the past 2 contracts..merge the "traffic" department with the "maintenance" department...continue to outsource projects to contractors that are able to perform the paving, culvert, and other projects in timely manner. Simple example, 5-7 days to complete a project, w/1 rain day built in. Day 9 not completed..Day 10 no payment. Simple. Lastly keep Tablack's paws out of the Engineering funds... This isn't that hard people

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3mcluvin(72 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Yonko,
Seriously do you have people that come in and help you dress in the morning and do your shopping? If you don't know anything about what you are about to type here is a helpful tip.... dont type it. I mean of course that is common practice to just not pay a contractor because they are one day late on a project. I mean you are obviously a major playa in construction litigation. Wow I wonder why they never thought of that? It just seems so simple. You my man a genius!!!

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4Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes the good times are ending. This department gets a lot of funding maybe Marsico has just not been a good manager of public funds. No way on raising fees for license plates.

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5ttup1rd(27 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

millie, first of all marsico knows NOTHING that goes on in that office he's only there collecting a paycheck.2nd the union employees have already been cut from 138 at one time to currently 48 and she wants to cut 11 more. guess how many supervisors and office personel were laidoff. 00000000000000.Marilyn Kenner is running that office into the ground. They need someone in that office to do the books..She an engineer not an accountant......

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6UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes, the private sector taxpayer can no longer afford to fund the luxury contracts of the public sector employees - this is reality. Wait till we re-affirm our NO vote on the 1/2% Mahoning County sales tax in the election. All heck will break loose in the county budget because taxpayers are not gonna continue to pay these high wages and benefits to public sector employees while their private sector incomes are going down drastically. Fair is Fair!!!

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7SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The county pays the employee's share of PERS. About 8.5%. Why? To cover the high salaries of its employees. So when you see an employees salary in the news add 8.5% to it and thats the truer figure. Not to mention the 15 accumulated sick days per year that is allowed to accumulate until they retire. They take time accumulated in 1984 and get paid with 2010 dollars etc. They just don't get it. Big cuts have to be made now because tax revenues will continue to decline beyond the 1/2 % sales tax that will NOT pass in May.

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