The Mahoning County commissioners have awarded $182,739 in repaving contracts for parking lots at Oakhill Renaissance Place, 345 Oak Hill Ave., and at the county engineer’s office, 940 Bears Den Road.
On Thursday, Shelly & Sands Inc. of Akron received a $130,519 contract to repave the engineer’s lot and two of the larger lots at Oakhill; and Diorio Paving Inc. of Girard received a $52,220 contract for other Oakhill lots. The work will begin next week.
Some of the work at Oakhill will be done on weekends to minimize disruption during early voting at the board of elections, said County Engineer Richard Marsico.
“These first few weeks may be a little difficult at times,” said John A. McNally IV, chairman of the commissioners, referring to the traffic generated by the move of the auto-title department to Oakhill, while early voting is under way at the board of elections.
The title department will open at Oakhill on Tuesday. “It may be hectic for the next three weeks,” McNally said.
The commissioners have directed all county employees and tenants to park in Oakhill’s parking deck and keep outdoor surface parking spaces available for visitors.
Joyce Kale-Pesta, county elections director, reported her office has mailed 21,979 absentee ballots so far for the Nov. 6 election.
This week, Standard & Poors issued a report that maintains the county’s A+ credit rating for general obligation notes and AA rating on its sales-tax-supported bonds, with a stable outlook, County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino reported.
Sciortino attributed that to the county’s strong financial management, reduction in local unemployment and recent economic development successes, such as production of the Cruze at General Motors in Lordstown and the V&M Star expansion in Youngstown and Girard.
Mari Wren-Petrony, assistant director of the county’s recycling division, told commissioners a household hazardous-waste collection will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Canfield Fairgrounds, with participants entering via Gate 9.
Chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, oil-based paint, and double-bagged asbestos will be accepted, she said.