Youngstown to end pact with MYCAP before Feb.

By David Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — The city will eliminate an $85,000-a-year contract with the Mahoning/Youngstown Community Action Partnership at the end of the month.

Since August 2006, MYCAP has handled the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise programs.

But the city is eliminating the contract after the Ohio Department of Development conducted a financial and program review of the Youngstown-based agency.

The state report questions $15,101 worth of costs at the agency.

Mahoning/Youngstown Community Action Partnership is a nonprofit agency that administers 11 programs in Mahoning County to help the poor and disadvantaged.

Also, the report claims improper weatherization services were done by MYCAP employees at the home of Richard A. Roller II, the agency’s executive director, and raised concerns about several of Roller’s relatives working for MYCAP.

Roller denies the allegations in the state report.

Mayor Jay Williams, who hired MYCAP, said he is disappointed with the agency and it’s time for the city “to pursue a relationship elsewhere.”

The city expects to hire another agency and fire MYCAP by the end of this month, said Bill D’Avignon, director of Youngstown’s community development agency.

SEE ALSO: MYCAP director: Probe would vindicate agency.

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