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Struthers council overrides mayor's veto of honoring Jasinski

Published: Thu, April 11, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

By danny restivo



Council members voted to override a mayoral veto and honor a local business owner with a history of city code violations.

The resolution, which passed 6-1 during a meeting Wednesday, honors Charles Jasinski and Charlie’s Service Station on Fifth Street for 30 years of service.

Mayor Terry P. Stocker vetoed the legislation March 22 after council approved a motion March 13.

After the vote, Stocker told council he thought it was sending the wrong message to other businesses in the city by approving the legislation.

“This resolution — I believe it’s a reflection of the level of standards we have in this city,” Stocker said.

Jasinski, who was not present at Wednesday’s meeting, is facing misdemeanor charges of having unlicensed vehicles and inoperable vehicles at his auto-repair business in front of Struthers Plaza. He is scheduled to appear in municipal court May 8.

Since 1999, Jasinski has been charged four times over violations stemming from his auto-repair business.

Tony C. Fire, 1st Ward councilman, cast the only dissenting vote.

“No one thinks that Charlie is a bad person,” said Fire. “I voted no because Charlie has been told multiple times to keep his area clean. I think there should be an allotted amount of time before he is awarded a proclamation.”

Michael Patrick, councilman-at-large and sponsor of the resolution, said the city always has recognized business owners who have worked in the city for more than 30 years. Patrick said Jasinski has worked with city officials on all of the issues.


1Bman(151 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

And this is newsworthy, why?

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2yashure(18 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

What needs to be brought to attention here is Stockers personal vandetta against Charlie Jasinski. You don't have to look to far to see the plaza behind Charlies is run down and poorly maintained. Has Stocker cited Cafaro for his eye sore? Drive further down Fifth Street and check out the other junk yard, State Street looks like its been bombed out, and Lowellville Rd? Residents of Struthers need to look a little closer into Stocker and his personal agenda, including his hiring practices.

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3dd933(311 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Why does everybody always say - look what the guy down the street is doing? No we're looking at Charlie and talking about Charlie here. A resolution commending this guy, who reportedly breaks the law daily, sends a message to the rest of the law breakers to go ahead and keep doing it, as long as you are a "nice guy" it won't matter.

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4struthersnieghbor(3 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The resolution is for someone owning the SAME business for more than 30 years. How many other business are in Struthers that have the original owners for more than 30 years?? Only a handful...Ok so there have been a few issues with Charlie...has he taken care of them?? YES!! Get over it and let the man continue doing buisness!! And yes there are other areas that need addressed and they are not just businesses, there are residential areas that need cleaned up also...but the issue here is a business...so lets go after ALL OF THEM not just Charlie!! I agree totally with Yashure!!!

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5chemo31(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Whoa there chief, Struthers is a FAR cry from thugstown. I don't feel like I need to carry a firearm when I walk down the street because I might get attacked or robbed by some piece of gutter trash. If I call the the police, I know they'll be there in under 5 minutes, not OVER 25 minutes. Struthers DOES NOT equal thugstown.

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6Aware(255 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

If the business discussed here is so bad, how is it the one on the top of Bridge Street is not cited? Something is wrong.

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