So an extremely rare event of 3 vacant homes catching fire simultaneouslyoccurs and because of that Youngstown should transfer budget from e.g. streets , parks and econonomic development gear up for an even larger even rarer event ?
The Fire Dept coped & if it couldn't , there is plenty of emergency backup available from neighboring fire depts .
September 15, 2014 at 5:54 p.m.
“We continue to be an F district and I’m not happy about that,” Hathorn said. “But we’re going in the right direction.”
Surely Hathorn had a higher target for Youngstown's performance improvement than this ? What is he doing about improving them ? What's the School Board doing ? What's the Mayor doing ? ( Before the election , he said he would get involved as a matter of urgency ) Note the performance index is out of 120 , which translates to 65% for Youngstown . People should read the reports . Its clear Youngstown is only making progress by keeping students in high school for 5 years instead of 4 . Math achievement has fallen for 2 years - in a City where more and more new industries and jobs are technology driven ? 50% of 3rd graders are not on track for literacy .Some may scoff at the measures used , but the reality is that many parent read them before deciding where to live . Many will still be deciding , on the basis of the 2014 report , not to move to Youngstown and fix up a blighted house , and instead move elsewhere, where they have to worry less about their childrens' education . http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/...http://education.ohio.gov/getattachme...
September 13, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.
If you look at casinos anywhere , the only business that would benefit would be a hotel .You also see restaurants , banks and parking buildings , but typically , the casino operator operates them , since its important everything is under one roof so punters spend the maximum amount of time at the tables or machines . The restaurant will be cros subsidised to attract punters to the casino .
September 8, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.
Obviously a few people haven't used modern roundabouts very much . They are scientifically proven to reduce traffic delays, save gas & virtually eliminate high speed, T bone crashes .
September 7, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.
"We're a seniority driven agency" . I think this is the nub of the issue . Time on the job is much less important nowadays in skill development than it used to be . Public agencies are increasingly ( outside mahoning County anyway ) placing more emphasis on a new hires ability to learn and contribute - and reward commensurate with skills and other job related attributes .
September 7, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.
It seems somehow quaint to think of however many lieutenants a town may have had in 1915 as being at all relevant to the needs of today , where we live in a "global village". I can understand how promotions and higher pay may lead to higher "morale" in the Campbell Police Dept . But missing from the story is any mention of the effect of this higher expense on taxpayers who must fund this expense and / or other projects which now cannot be done.
September 6, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.
I see Pryjma is a flooring contractor - obviously well used to laying things flat and holding them down . There's long been a hidden "redneck" culture lurking in the "safe" streets of the old steel corridor .
September 5, 2014 at 11:36 a.m.
I've never heard a suggestion before that temp agencies be banned . All that would do would be to reduce both temp & permanent work availability as employers moved to areas that allowed temp agencies . They are part of the modern world .
September 1, 2014 at 2:35 p.m.
Modern roundabouts , with pedestrian refuges are great for both cars and pedestrians . Here is one in Glens Falls , New York , which became an instant hit , defying the sceptics .
August 27, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.
They keep saying the valley's greatest problem is housing blight . In fact , this is only a symptom of the real problem , which is failure to invest in people development .The Affordable Care Act should be greatly increasing the paediatric care available in the Valley , but maybe there needs to be backup resource to ensure communities are actually taking advantage of the facilities .
August 17, 2014 at 7:07 a.m.