Mahoning County seeks sale of Annex building
The Mahoning County commissioners voted this morning to advertise the Mahoning County Annex for sale.
The now-vacant annex, a former department store at 2801 Market St. in the city’s Uptown District, once housed a host of county offices.
The last county agency to leave the annex was the auto title department, which moved to Oakhill Renaissance Place in October 2012.
Other annex occupants that moved earlier to Oakhill were the county board of elections and veterans service commission. Oakhill is the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center, 345 Oak Hill Ave., which the county bought in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 2006.
The commissioners also approved an agreement with George Roman Auctioneers Ltd. of Canfield to conduct a 3 p.m Oct. 28 auction of surplus county vehicles at the county sanitary engineer’s office, 761 Industrial Road.
The commissioners also approved the county mental health board’s recommendation to reduce that board from 18 to 14 members.
The panel also voted to close Norquest Boulevard between Mahoning Avenue and Evans Road in Austintown from Monday through Oct. 25 to replace a culvert.
The commissioners also joined a regional earthquake preparedness drill, known as the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, during their meeting at 10:17 a.m.
The slogan was “Drop, cover and hold on!”
When an earthquake begins, emergency management officials urge people to immediately drop the floor, take shelter under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on until the shaking stops to reduce the risk of head and neck injuries from falling debris.