Council to consider accepting $35K grant

By David Skolnick


City council will consider legislation Wednesday to accept money toward the purchase of cameras to catch those who illegally dump garbage and debris.

Council is to vote on taking $35,000 from the city’s federal Community Development Block Grant as well as accepting a $10,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, $12,000 from the Mahoning County Green Team and $2,750 from the Weed and Seed program for the purchase.

The $59,750 will be used to buy 10 cameras, about $5,500 each, with the rest of the money for three fake cameras, $300 each, as well as some equipment and a laptop computer that would review what is found on the cameras.

The cameras are to be purchased from Q-Star Technology of Torrance, Calif., which also will install them. The cameras are expected to in use by the end of June.

Jennifer Jones, coordinator of the city’s litter control and recycling program, will review the still photos taken by the cameras, that can read license plates 300 feet away. If Jones sees evidence of illegal dumping, she said she’ll forward the pictures to the Mahoning County sheriff’s litter- enforcement officers to conduct investigations and make arrests.

Also on council’s agenda is an ordinance authorizing the board of control to accept a $183,409 state grant to remove asbestos from the City Hall Annex building, 9 W. Front St. The cleanup will start this summer and take about three months to complete.

Council will also consider legislation permitting the board of control to approve a 10-year, 75-percent real-property tax abatement for a Bottom Dollar Food full-service grocery store at 890 Midlothian Boulevard on the South Side.

The 18,249-square-foot store will open in mid- November with 21 to 27 part-time workers and 14 to 18 full-timers, according to the company’s tax abatement.

The company is investing $6.52 million to $7.75 million on this store. Over the 10-year period, the company would pay $192,350 in real-property taxes and save $577,050, according to its application.

Bottom Dollar Food also plans to open a store later this year in the Fosterville neighborhood on the South Side.

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