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Mahoning commissioners OK $5,000 grant for May air show


Published: Fri, April 4, 2014 @ 12:02 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Mahoning County commissioners approved a county sponsorship of next month’s air show at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

The commissioners Thursday approved a grant of $5,000 from hotel bed-tax receipts to the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council for the May 17 and 18 show.

The show, named Thunder Over the Valley, will feature performances by the Air Force Thunderbirds air-demonstration squadron. Admission will be free, and no tickets will be required.

Show sponsors expect at least 75,000 people to attend, Linda Macala, county convention and visitors bureau director, told the commissioners.

The station’s last air show at the airport was in 2009.

The commissioners also awarded contracts for two sidewalk-replacement projects: Bexley Drive in Austintown to Allison Contracting LLC of Wellsville for $55,533, and Liberty Street in Lowellville to Foust Construction Inc. of Girard for $118,668.

They also awarded two single-family home lead-hazard control contracts to American Pinnacle Construction of Youngstown, one for eight homes for $155,492 and the other for nine homes for $176,282. Each contract averages more than $19,000 per home.

All the county’s lead-hazard control work is federally funded.

Jeannette Droney, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3577, which represents 53 workers at the county’s Child Support Enforcement Agency, announced her union will conduct informational picketing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday outside Oakhill Renaissance Place to protest stalled wage reopener negotiations.

She said the county won’t agree to the union’s request for what is known as a Public Employee Retirement System “flip,” in which the employees would get a compensating pay increase in exchange for their beginning to pay their full 10 percent of salary employee share of PERS contributions.

David Ditzler, chairman of the commissioners, said the county can’t afford a flip at CSEA because that agency’s budget, which is facing a deficit of about $260,000, can’t accommodate it.

Members of Local 3577 earn between $12 and $17 per hour.


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