Board OKs Oakhill lease agreement

By William K. Alcorn


The Youngstown Board of Health approved a compromise lease agreement with Mahoning County for space in Oakhill Renaissance Place.

Also at its meeting Monday, the board adopted a memorandum of agreement to sub-let office space to the Mahoning County District Board of Health to house a Women, Infants and Children clinic at the county-owned Oakhill facility, 345 Oak Hill Ave., for $5,000 a year.

A final agreement will be adopted by the health departments before Oct. 1 once the county department receives confirmation that it has won the competitive grant to operate the WIC Program in Mahoning County.

The Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership previously operated the program.

Placing a WIC clinic in the health department is a good fit, said Erin Bishop, city health department administrator, who noted that many WIC programs are housed in health departments.

Among the benefits to having the WIC clinic in the health department is that WIC clients would have immunizations and other services easily available to them.

Youngstown Law Director Anthony Farris reported the county’s position with regard to the disputed lease agreement was that the city health board’s annual $128,797 lease at Oakhill ended when the facility was taken over by the county, and that it wanted the lease increased to $167,038 a year.

Farris said the current lease will stay in place but that it calls for increases in the rent to $149,319 for the period of Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2013, and to $153,003 for the period Sept. 1, 2013, to Aug. 31, 2014, which he said is the final year of the lease.

Bishop said the Youngstown Office on Minority Health will continue to be funded for another year in the amount of $60,000 by the Ohio Department of Health. She noted, however, that each year the grant is cut by $15,000, and eventually other financial sources will be needed to operate the office.

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