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Youngstown council authorizes about $225K for park, rec dept.



Published: Thu, May 2, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

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By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

City council agreed to authorize the board of control to move ahead with the purchase of about $225,000 for park and recreation department equipment and for items and work needed at a new South Side park.

The most-expensive item will be to spend up to $100,000 for the new Glenwood Park pavilion, fencing and sidewalks in addition to work to level, seed and add topsoil to the location on Glenwood Avenue.

The park should open this summer.

Also Wednesday, council voted to let the board of control purchase a maintenance truck, a “rough” mower for the city-owned Henry Stambaugh Golf Course, and a specialized lawn mower to cut grass at other city park properties.

Meanwhile, William Triplett, a city resident, criticized city officials when addressing council about the lack of minorities hired by city government.

Mayor Charles Sammarone said city officials have worked to recruit city residents, with a focus on minorities, to seek employment with the government entity.

But few have done well in the past few years on civil-service tests, he and other city officials said.

The city recently hired seven firefighters with only one of them a city resident and two who are Mahoning County residents.

The rest live in counties contiguous to Mahoning, and all of the new hires are white.

Under state law, the city must offer the job to those finishing in the upper 25 percent among those passing the tests. With 77 people passing the tests, the city had 19 candidates for the seven jobs, said Fire Chief John J. O’Neill Jr.

The top Youngstown minority candidate to pass the written civil- service and the physical-ability tests finished in 40th place, he said.

Classes to help potential firefighters score better on tests are offered, but there’s been little improvement among city residents, O’Neill said.


Comments

1ytownsteelman(631 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

If a black wants a job, do what any other person does and become qualified to do the job! If you are part of a culture that believes that having intelligence is "acting white", then don't be surprised when you can't find a job.

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2thinkthentalk(266 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow! So what time is your guys KKK meeting tnite?

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3walter_sobchak(1927 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Using the fire department is a bad example of hiring practices. Fire fighter positions usually attract candidates that want to be firemen, mostly because a family member is one. The hours kind of suck, the work can be difficult and stressful, and it requires certain skills. If you just one day wake up and say "Hey, I think I will be a fireman", you probably won't be successful, no matter the color of your skin. NOw, grass cutters and ditch diggers can be just about anyone with a strong back and a relable work ethic.

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