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Boardman’s ‘luxury’ police substations close



Published: Sun, January 10, 2010 @ 3:00 p.m.

By Rick Rouan

BOARDMAN — The dwindling number of police officers and skepticism about the effectiveness of satellite offices contributed to closing two police substations on the north end of the township, the police chief said.

“It turns into an issue of staffing and manpower,” Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols said. “Right now we’re just holding on by the skin of our teeth.”

Nichols closed a substation in the First Place Bank building on Market Street at Midlothian Boulevard in October, and last week he finished cleaning out another substation in the 5000 block of Market Street.

“The true, true value of a substation is arguable,” he said. “It’s a luxury we can’t afford.”

At one time, Nichols said, the township had 63 sworn officers and a chief. That number has fallen to 47.

The same was true for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, which laid off 20 deputies a little more than a year ago, Sheriff Randall A. Wellington said.

“We just could no longer supply the deputies,” he said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1joebag09(253 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Always made alot of sense to me.....having MCSO working in areas that already are staffed by PD's! Especially when the county is hurting for funds and want more taxes. Go out in areas of 224....you'll see BPD, MCSO and OSP. Is it such a bad area we can afford the overkill?

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2apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

What a waste of money this was. Nothing but a payback to Davis for property that he couldn't give away and trying to get Costello elected by pandering to the North siders. Paying 2 1/2 times the going rate for such a lease and then all the money to make the property ready. Another in a long line of "I told you so's".

As for manpower, Austintown has more crime and they also have about as many officers as Boardman. They are a peer community and have a plethora of retail. They also aren't on the verge of bankruptcy and state control.

The difference is Boardman got the inheritance tax windfall when Mrs DeBartolo died and the townships employees raided that for their wages and benefits. Therefore, you've got employees making $20,000 more than the peer communities as per the audit.

We could easily have more cops and firemen. Simply concede the $20,000 per employee that is overpayment and with the 2-3 million dollars hire the additional staff.

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3harleydog(217 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Do you really think that Costello and Calhoun are going to go against the township employees and their benefits. These are the people that they wanted put in office so there is no way they are going to ask them for cuts in pay and benefits. Moliterno is going to go along with whatever the other two want so I see no change coming to Boardman.

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4harleydog(217 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm not sure if these are the so called "Cadillac plans" that Obama wants to tax at 40% but all these people will be crying as soon as that happens.

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5vinglass(238 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Apollo, who is this "Davis" that benefitted from this lease??

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6Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I am sure the leasehold improvements were substantial. Throughout the week I pass that area and no one has been in that building in the last year or more. Costello orchestrated it.

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7Rokscout(310 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

and which one is it....? Do you need a "big gun" in Boardman or is there "no crime"?

Also, if Boardman is doing nothing to change, why do I recall seeing Austintown offering $22.00 an hour for starting officers and roughly $16.00 for officers starting in Boardman now?

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8apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Hey Justice, do you really think cops are proactive in crime prevention? Very little. The main reason crime in Austintown is higher is demographics. Boardman is a community with higher levels of income. Most of the crime in Boardman is committed by non Boardman residents. Even so, Austintowns crime rate isn't much higher. Both communities are very safe. Crime in a community is often driven by the demographics. The higher the income, the less the crime.

There is still little crime in Boardman. Hope4thevalley always plays the carry a big gun tune as if Boardman is Gary, Indiana. My guess is he's uncomfortable with the influx of black residents. Boardman is one of the safest communities around. No serious crime to speak of. Been like one murder in 10 years and that was domestic violence.

Davis is the Davis who owns the funeral home and who was on the Boardman school board. He owns the property that Patterson thought was a "perfect" location. Then negotiated a lease paying Davis 2 1/2 times the going rate for property in that area. I think his first name is Fred.

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