Consolidation talks for Mahoning County, Youngstown health depts. on hold

YOUNGSTOWN — Consolidation talks between Youngstown and the Mahoning County health board appear to have stalled, perhaps permanently.

In a June 6 letter to Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone and the city health department, Patricia Sweeney, commissioner of the Mahoning County District Board of Health, suggested that contracting for services “may be far less stressful and perhaps more efficient when current needs exist.”

Sweeney noted that the county health board provides all public health services for Canfield, Campbell and Struthers, and wants to do the same thing for Youngstown.

Sammarone said, however, the goal of talks between the city and county health board over the last two years has been consolidation.

“Our goal should remain, as it has always been, to achieve full consolidation,” he said in an Aug. 2 letter replying to Sweeney’s missive.

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