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State’s inaction on BMV irks Struthers mayor

Published: Mon, June 21, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.

Inaction on BMV irks Struthers mayor

By Jeanne Starmack



The mayor says he is disappointed that the governor has not responded to a petition to keep the Bureau of Motor Vehicles license center from leaving the city.

The deputy registrar who ran the center for 18 years did not win the contract for it this year, and the center was given to the deputy registrar in Hubbard. She is closing the Hubbard center and moving her operation to a location on U.S. Route 224 in Poland Township.

City council drafted a resolution that supports keeping the center in the Struthers Plaza on Fifth Street, saying that’s a more-convenient location — especially for older people.

Council members say it has more parking, and they worry about the effect the closing will have on other businesses in the plaza.

They also pointed out that the Struthers Municipal Court serves other nearby cities and townships, and the center is in a better location for handling license violations.

Mayor Terry Stocker said late last week that more than 6,000 people signed a petition to keep the center from moving, and the petition was sent to Gov. Ted Strickland’s office along with the council’s resolution.

“Why would you turn a deaf ear to 6,000 people?” Stocker said.

A spokesman for the governor’s office said the governor would not interfere with the bidding process for the centers, which is overseen by the Department of Public Safety.

A spokeswoman for the governor, Amanda Wurst, said the department uses an open-bidding process and scoring criteria “designed to protect the interests of taxpayers and to ensure customers have access to the services provided at these facilities.”

“While the governor understands the genuine concerns communicated by citizens in Struthers, his intervention would violate the integrity of an openly bid request-for-proposal process that should be free of any interference,” she said.

The Struthers center is set to close Saturday.


1Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I believe you must be one of hubbard friends this has nothing to do with Hanni. Hanni is not assoiciated with Struthers License. There are no fair bids. How does an agency slated to close a year ago and who is not up too standards closing down one that is doing great. You obviously have never been to Struthers. If anything I wonder who's palm is being greased in Poland.

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2mommy3(13 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Well Marcus who is the Aey family member here, if you are so willing to name names? If you think this process is so fair how did Ms. Gibson recieve a year extension, to continue operating a FAILING business? She was given a extra year to develop her oh so spectacular bid, and I am sure she had no "help" whatsoever in doing that. Please spare me.

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3Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

This is revealing,..

First off Ted Strickland is making his name sound like mudd to the valley residents with consistent displays like this.

Secondly there's no way you can validate the Struthers takeaway other than collusion.

I neither make nor loose a single dime from if they'd left it right or insisted doing it criminally wrong.

However, it is what it is and there's no excuse, valid reason nor merit in not citing it as exactly what it is.

To include I'd not care even if it were a Hanni or Cafaro property. My focus and concern is that if it actually suited the need and had productivity to the city and or county residents.

I've seen enough to where as an Independent with strong democratic values. If there's no better candidate than Strickland bidding for a return trip as Governor.

The Governors race will be a ballot I either won't fill out. Or vote for whomever else are just track record proven to be true to their word that I can bear. Because it really won't matter what fraud seizes the seat.

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4Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Strickland lost many votes because he simply doesn't care about job loss . Hubbard should have stayed in Trumbull county I am sure they have other areas they could move to. Neither of these agencies need to close. It is not costing the state a dime to run either so why promote job loss? I see some dealings probably have been made with Poland. Good job open an agency on a busy road with limited parking .....I think I will go to Boardman or West Side at least they have parking

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5mommy3(13 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

LOL, DJ, Hubbard is getting screwed big time. Cue Moe Greene: "the Corleone(hanni) Family doesn't have that kinda muscle anymore"

Seriously though, it is very discouraging that the difference between what the Gov and what the people feel is convenient and accessible couldn't be father apart. Makes no sense. And again, iwanna, those people out of a job seem to be the last consideration.

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