"Park commissioners on Monday expressed support for the dredging option, which would remove built-up sediments from the lakes and therefore increase the lakes’ capacity"
It's been many years since the park "Lowered" the water level in Lake Newport to "Decrease" capacity to create a "Wildlife Area" in approximately 1/4 of the lake. They removed the Boathouse which was a great facility where you could rent a canoe or buy a snack, and there were nice grassy areas with picnic tables. Years ago I remember Newport as being a beautiful lake. Now the south end of the lake is overgrown and actually looks like more of an eyesore. The lucky wildlife that has moved in gets to live in an environment polluted with bacteria and chemicals from fertilizers. A big contributor to the E-coli levels could be from the over abundance of Geese that frequent the park. About a month ago I took my 86 year old Father for a ride through the park. He commented on how ragged the park looked, compared to how nice the park used to look. Several areas around Lake Newport which used to be well kept grassy meadows with picnic tables are now overgrown eyesores. The park has placed ugly signs in the middle of these eyesores declaring them "Wildlife Areas" and people are now unable to use these areas for picnics or other activities. The size of these areas is very small compared to the overall size of the park, and will have practically no impact on the amount of wildlife living in the park. I'm am all for keeping the portion of the park that runs from Rt. 224 south to Western Reserve Road untouched. I am also happy to see the work that the Park District does with their properties throughout the county such as returning the former sod farm on Western Reserve Road back to its natural state. The portion of Mill Creek Park that runs from Rt. 224 North to Mahoning Ave. should be treated just like the name says. "Park", not Mill Creek Wildlife Preserve" so people can go and enjoy the park. Cut the over grown grass, replace the picnic tables and restore some of the parking so people can actually enjoy the facilities. Or we could just put "Wild Life Area" signs at the Golf Course, Wick Recreation Area and Fellows Riverside Gardens and let them grow over as well.
August 17, 2015 at 10:48 p.m.
I hope Austintown fixes Westchester Drive. The repaving job which was done last year was a total joke. They milled the road and paved over bad spots in the road without properly repairing them. Now, less than a year later the road is almost un-drivable. The Vindy needs to investigate and see who should be held responsible for such shoddy work. Either the paving contractor for doing such a poor job, or Austintown for trying to get off cheap. Either way, it's the taxpayers who will end up footing the bill.
July 2, 2015 at 12:23 p.m.
Another way to "TAX" the masses while by-passing Due Process of Law.
June 26, 2015 at 7:50 a.m.
There are lots of jokes about West Virginia, but their roads are not a joke. I go to Canaan Valley WV every year for vacation. The roads in WV are amazingly smooth. I had to stop for a re-paving project in WV a couple of years ago. I was watching the paving crew work. They were laying down a 3" - 4" layer of blacktop over a good solid base. Their roads will last for years. When they patch the road for the rare pothole, the patch is smooth and level with the road. Our City and County Engineers and Politicians need to take a serious look at how WV (And Maryland) takes care of their roads. Austintown re-paved Westchester Drive last year. There were several areas that were in very bad shape before the re-paving. They milled the road and laid down 1" - 1 1/2" of blacktop over the bad spots without properly repairing them. Now, less that a year later that section of road is totally falling apart. Someone needs to be held accountable. Lets start spending a little more money up-front to build a road that will last many years. It will save money in the long run. I won't buy the argument that our winters a hard on our roads. The area where I go in WV is a Ski Area where the winters are harsh. The roads there also see a lot of heavy truck traffic with the logging and mining industries. Wake up Ohio!
April 7, 2015 at 8:42 a.m.
Maybe the State will jump on the Tax bandwagon too so they can collect enough money to pay the $500,000 that was promised to Austintown.
March 29, 2015 at 5:34 p.m.
Maybe he was hoping for a shave as smooth as a baby's behind!!
September 16, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
A roundabout at 5 points might be a good option as long as Western Reserve Road remains 2 lanes. If adding the roundabout takes care of the traffic back-up all will be good. However, if they ever decide they need to widen Western Reserve Road to 4 lanes between 5 Points and 680, then the roundabout will just be wasted money because it will just not work.
September 6, 2014 at 10:27 p.m.
There are way to many geese. They are everywhere and make a slippery, disease laden mess with their droppings. Relocating them will not help. They will simply fly back. Unfortunately their numbers need to be controlled or we would have geese up to our ears in just a few short years. Good work in culling the heard!
July 14, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.
July 11 & 12 is the Fireworks Festival in New Castle, PA. which concludes with a giant Pyrotecnico fireworks show on Sat. the 12th.
July 4, 2014 at 9:10 a.m.
The reason the "House of Seven Gables" was demolished was because it was infested with termites and was beyond saving.
July 4, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.