Youngstown council to consider allowing administration to spend up to $500,000 for drainage work

By David Skolnick


City council will consider legislation Wednesday allowing the administration to spend up to $500,000 for a drainage improvement project along Midlothian Boulevard.

The ordinance permits the board of control to contract with a company submitting the lowest and best proposal for the work on Midlothian from Glenwood Avenue to Youngstown Poland Road.

The work includes replacing catch basins as existing drainage structures on that section of the road “are severely deteriorated and need replaced,” according to the ordinance.

Also Wednesday, council will have a second reading on an ordinance to permit the city administration to see proposals from firms to redistrict Youngstown’s seven wards.

Just as they did Sept. 18, Councilmen Mike Ray, D-4th, and Paul Drennen, D-5th, who oppose looking for another firm, said they will not vote in favor of the proposal Wednesday.

For legislation to be approved by an emergency vote, six of seven council members must vote in favor of it. Otherwise, it takes three votes at three separate meetings to approve legislation. If council doesn’t have a special meeting, the earliest it can be approved by council is Oct. 16.

Ray and Drennen said they are satisfied with the maps provided by Youngstown State University last month, and it’s a waste of money to hire another firm to divide the city into seven wards.

The city’s wards haven’t been redistricted in 30 years, leaving an inequity in population ranging from 7,117 to 12,130, based on the 2010 federal census.

The goal of council members is to get the new wards in place in time for the 2015 council election.

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