Struthers council approves funding partnership, holds off on bike trail
By Graig Graziosi
City council decided Wednesday to enter a partnership with Mahoning County and the city of Campbell to obtain more than $1 million in federal funding for infrastructure and home-improvement projects in poor neighborhoods.
The partnership will submit a grant proposal to the Ohio Developmental Services Agency for the Community Housing Impact and Preservation program funding. The money, which originates with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is meant to improve poor to middle-income neighborhood infrastructure and is for use in upgrading homes.
Residents who wish to benefit from CHIP funding can attend a public meeting April 4 at Struthers city hall to learn more about eligibility and the application process.
If the partnership is successful, Campbell and Struthers will both receive $350,000, while Mahoning County – which is preparing the grant application – will receive $450,000.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, a resolution expressing the city’s support of a bike route proposed by the Ohio Department of Transportation that would run through downtown Struthers was sent back to committee.
Mayor Terry Stocker said that Struthers had little input in determining the path the bike route would take, and recommended the resolution be sent back to committee until the city could make route recommendations to ODOT.
The route is currently designed to begin in west Austintown near the intersection of Kirk Road and South Turner Road and run east along Kirk Road before running north through Mill Creek Park. From there, the route travels through downtown Youngstown, moving east along Poland Avenue along the Mahoning River and onward along Lowellville Road until it ends at the state line.
Lowellville requested the route be changed so that rather than traveling along Lowellville Road, the route would cut north through downtown Struthers along Bridge Street and then travel east along state Routes 289 and 616 into the village. A suggested path that would accommodate both Campbell and Struthers would see the route moved from Poland Avenue north to Wilson Avenue from downtown Youngstown.