Youngstown OKs $450K to NAMII

By David Skolnick


The city’s board of control approved legislation to provide $450,000 toward the $70 million National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute based in downtown Youngstown.

Of the $70 million, $30 million will come from a U.S. Department of Defense grant. About 60 private and public entities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will provide the remaining $40 million.

The board voted Thursday to give the institute $200,000 as its share of the $40 million.

The institute will develop additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, for a range of industries.

The board also agreed to provide $230,000 worth of water and wastewater improvement work for the institute at 236 W. Boardman St. as well as for the Youngstown Business Incubator at 241 W. Federal St. The incubator is overseeing the institute.

The board approved a request to give $20,000 to offset a portion of the $53,615 spent to build the institute’s headquarters.

The board also authorized severance payments to two former police officers.

The board approved paying $2,239 to former Patrolman Phil Chance Jr., who resigned Sept. 13 after being on paid administrative leave while facing termination and possible criminal prosecution.

Of that amount, $2,065.28 is for unused vacation hours. Chance spent nearly six years with the force.

Also, the board approved a $149,375 severance payment to retired police Capt. Franklin Palmer, who spent 38 years with the department.

Palmer received $89,287 for time he accumulated by working extra hours rather than receive overtime, $45,062 in unused sick time, and $13,159 in unused vacation time. The rest of the money came from longevity pay and hazardous-duty pay.

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