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Chief Mahoning County building official gets a 17.6 percent pay raise

Published: Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



Mahoning County commission- ers have given the county’s chief building official a 17.6 percent pay raise to compensate him for increased responsibilities, now that Youngstown’s building-inspection functions have been absorbed by the county.

On Thursday, commissioners raised Jeffery S. Uroseva’s salary from $61,701 to $72,563, effective Sunday. Uroseva, who joined the county in March 1997, is in charge of all building inspection in the county.

The commissioners raised his salary to the same level as that of Brenda Williams, when she served as Youngstown’s chief building official before the city and county building inspection departments merged last month, said Rachel Livengood, county human resources director.

Williams, who is an architect, is now Ashtabula County’s chief building official.

Uroseva said his office will be kept busy with the 10-year V&M Star expansion, construction of the Austintown racino that will open next year, construction of the natural- gas processing plant in Springfield Township and other major projects.

Uroseva, whose last raise was 3 percent in 2007, supervises a staff of six county employees. He said he hopes to hire two new building inspectors this year to handle the increased workload.

He also supervises nine additional workers, including plan examiners and electrical inspectors, who are employed by entities other than county government.

The county’s building-inspection department, whose annual budget is $725,000, is funded entirely by building-permit fees and receives no grants or tax dollars.

In another matter, commissioners approved engineering consulting service agreements with Thomas Fok & Associates of Youngstown for $342,029 and with URS of Cleveland for $277,865 for construction of the final phase of public-water supply line and sanitary-sewer installation at the south end of Lake Milton.

The areas to be served now depend on wells for water supply and septic systems for sewage treatment, with some of the septic systems malfunctioning, said Bill Coleman, county sanitary engineering office manager.

The new public-water supply to that area would come from Meander Reservoir through the county’s system that serves Jackson and Milton townships.

The new sanitary-sewer installation would flow to the Craig Beach sewage treatment plant.

The water-supply project will cost about $2.5 million, and the sanitary-sewer installation about $3.1 million, Coleman said.

“If all goes well, we could have water service available in 2015,” from the new installation, with the new sewer also going into service that year, Coleman added.


1NoBS(2838 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh, the scandal!!! A "trough-slopper" is getting a raise!! Why, how dare he ask for a raise when he's given more and more responsibilities? That's right - the attention-grabbing headline is completely misleading, given the information in the lead paragraph. You know, the part that reads: "... to compensate him for increased responsibilities ..." The man got a small raise in 2007, and nothing since. Why doesn't the headline read County Official Gets First Raise In Six Years - Workload Doubled ???

This is why the Vindy is perceived as being biased against public employees.

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2UNCOMMONSENSE(627 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

No mention of the 6 staff getting a raise. I guess their work load is not going to increase??

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3candystriper(575 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

"architect" is rated least valuable degree to have in 2013...who saw that coming?

he's lucky he isn't looking for work in China

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4redeye1(5675 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I can see the man getting a raise ,but 17.6 % .Come on now, in the private sector, more and more people are getting more work pushed on them to do and they are not getting this kind of raise

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5Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Yea I would agree with this one. More responsibility should equal more pay.

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6grand4dad(219 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I totally agree with the above posters. I'm so tired of the Vindicator's spin on anything to do with public employment. I've cancelled my subscription and I don't even check vindy.com much anymore. And I don't miss it.

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7VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

$72,563 a year?!! My plumber makes more than that. The electrical worker who climbs the pole to keep your lights on makes more than that. My furnace repair guy makes more than that. I once had to call him off his boat on Lake Erie. Why, even a heavy equipment mechanic makes more.

So, lesson for our kids in school, if you want to make it in life, become a plumber, electrician, heavy equipment mechanic or a furnace guy. Don't even bother with becoming a chief building inspector.

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8Bassplyr23(2 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Glad to see the building official being compensated for additional work load BUT theirs an office staff at the building department working under building official who have not had a pay raise in years and have ALSO taken on the additional work load.

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