City council has authorized the board of control to sign contracts to allow city water customers to pay their bills online beginning in October, and voted to place a charter amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot to eliminate the park and recreation commission, and to forward to the Mahoning County Board of Elections the language for an anti-fracking charter amendment that comes from a citizens’ initiative.
The elections board must certify the validity of the petitions before the initiative goes on the November ballot.
Also today, council agreed to increase the demolition budget by $250,000 to cover the cost of taking down vacant houses.
The city has demolished 293 houses this year with plans for 209 more to come down.
The city needs the $250,000 to help with the demolition of some of the houses that are currently standing.
The $250,000 comes from the $590,517.60 check the city received from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as part of a rebate from the state.
Besides this $250,000, the city is spending about $2.3 million on housing demolition this year.
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