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County treasurer talks land bank at Boardman meeting



Published: Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 8:54 p.m.

The Mahoning County treasurer offered the township an alternate slot on the county land bank board after a Boardman representative was not chosen for a regular seat.

County treasurer talks land bank at Boardman meeting

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

The Mahoning County treasurer offered the township an alternate slot on the county land bank board after a Boardman representative was not chosen for a regular seat.

In December, the Mahoning County Township Association recommended a Boardman trustee be placed on the land bank board, but the recommendation went to county commissioners, who do not have the power to appoint anyone to the land bank, Treasurer Dan Yemma told trustees Monday,

The county land bank aims to return tax-delinquent properties, usually in foreclosure, to productive uses.

By the time the land bank learned of the recommendation, it already had appointed an Austintown trustee to fill the position, Yemma said.

“I wanted to clear up this misunderstanding. I didn’t understand the level of interest from Boardman,” Yemma said.

Boardman formed its own land bank within the last year, but has focused its efforts on demolition of 26 vacant blighted structures using $100,000 from the Ohio attorney general’s Moving Ohio Forward program that it matched with township money.

“We would like to set up a memorandum of understanding with the county through which we’d have first right to obtain it,” Loree said of foreclosed Boardman properties in the county land bank.

Loree added the proposed agreement has been put aside until the township finishes demolition work using the Moving Ohio Forward money, which is administered locally through treasurer’s office by way of the county land bank.

Trustee Chairman Larry Moliterno said he felt it is in the best interest of the township to be part of the county land bank and maintain some control over Boardman properties.

Trustees did not name anyone Monday to the county land bank alternate position, who would only have a vote when a regular member is absent, but said they would discuss the possibility.


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1Ianacek(891 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Why is the County Landbank taking so long to establish ?

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2UticaShale(850 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Because the County Landbank is obsolete before it even started. Taxes are now being paid because of the royalties from oil and gas. Abandoned properties will be forced pooled into drilling units and the taxes will be paid and royalties placed in excrow, probate court will have a bonanza of escrow funds stimulating free enterprise probating for the funds.
Yemma has Debra Flora from the past Lien Forward running the landbank with a Fat subsidy while it is only private enterprise cleaning up the delinquency en masse, this public sector pork job is only wasting money.

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