City council to revisit pipeline, camera issues

By David Skolnick


City council will consider legislation Wednesday, two weeks after it didn’t have enough members to approve the proposals by emergency vote.

Council needs at least six of its seven members to approve legislation by emergency. Only five members attended the last meeting April 4.

Among the items expected to be revisited on Wednesday are:

A proposal to authorize the board of control to pay to install an 1,800-foot-long water pipeline along South Avenue, near Sam’s Club, in Boardman. The project should cost about $300,000 to $400,000. The city expects to sell about 1 million gallons to Aqua Ohio for about $100,000 a year, said John Casciano, water commissioner.

Buying eight surveillance cameras for up to $60,000 to monitor illegal activities related to water and wastewater operations, such as stolen manhole covers and damaged fire hydrants.

Provide up to $100,000 for water and sewer work to Iron City Wood Products, a Campbell pallet-assembly and freight company, planning to expand to Youngstown’s 18-acre Ross Industrial Park on Albert Street on the East Side.

The company plans to spend about $900,000 for the project.

Among new items to be considered Wednesday is allowing the board of control to apply for a $5,725,000 loan from the state to pay for 90 percent of demolishing the water department’s nearly 100-year-old maintenance garage and building a new one.

The loan, with an interest rate of about 3 percent, would be paid back over 20 years, Casciano said.

The current West Avenue garage, a former water-filtration building, is too small for the water department to use if repairs to large vehicles, such as dump trucks and backhoes, are needed, said Gene Leson Jr., the department’s chief engineer.

If all goes well, the city would find out in May or June if it gets the loan, work would start a month later and be done in July 2013, Casciano said.

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