I favor SOME kind of gun control, but let's face it.... criminals don't apply to get licenses for their weapons, nor do they get background cheks. There are already plenty of used guns available illegally so gun licenses and background checks can only go so far.
Ultimately, we need to deal with the BEHAVIOUR of the people using guns to commit crimes, and whatever their psychosis may be.... (what's the plural form for "psychosis?)
October 2, 2015 at 6:29 a.m.
Ummm..... where is "DIRT" Street ?
(I believe they meant to say... WIRT street)
LOL.... c'mon guys ... PROOF READ your work.
October 2, 2015 at 6:16 a.m.
GOOD for her !!
I hope she kicked him so hard in the "genitals" that he cannot produce offspring.... better for everyone
September 30, 2015 at 5:21 a.m.
I agree with RepublicanRick... this is a good idea to help keep up the pace of demolitions. Getting rid of blight ultimately improves neighborhoods and quality of life in the city..
Regarding all the comments about city employee raises, the school system and all of the OTHER stuff that ails the city - these are off topic, irrelevant to the article above - and to this discussion.
Everyone in Youngstown wants to SEE improvement with this, that, and the other BUT nobody expects to have to PAY for any of it. The city goes after all the grant money it can get for this stuff... but in the end, YES... city residents will have to pay for some of the services and improvements they want from - and for - their own city.
Youngstown has a bit more than 1/3 of the population it used to have (Read: TAX payers) but is trying to maintain, shrink and - where possible - IMPROVE a built environment designed for a population of up to 250,000 people.
The street department is already doing a lot of these demolitions because it is less expensive for the city than a private contractor. This is an exercise in responsible, due diligence by city government. An example of trying to get the most "bang for the buck".
It costs about $6,000 per property on average to demolish single family homes using a conventional commercial contractor and a whole SH*TLOAD more than that for larger, commercial structures.
A lot of the vacant residential properties belonged to people who have DIED ... how does the city collect for demolition of these properties?
A lot of the commercial structures belonged to corporations and businesses which have long since ceased to EXIST. ..so how does the city collect on these demolitions?
I agree that the city needs to act responsibly with the funds and track the demolitions - the fact that they are able to provide NUMBERS indicates they are already DOING this.
Mahoning county recently joined other local governments in the state that are putting their "checkbook" on the new website started by the state auditor(?), for all to see and review.
Youngstown should do the same - it would provide the transparency its citizens deserve and show where all the money goes. It might be a big eye opener to some who have no clue on just how expensive it is for the city to carry out its operations in this day and age using the revenues it has available.
IF the website reveals waste, fraud, etc - then a great service will have been done for the citizens of Youngstown - and shame, SHAME on the city.....
September 30, 2015 at 12:53 a.m.
The rebirth of the downtown area has been a long, slow process but it is finally starting to reach what I have, in the past, called "Critical Mass". Critical mass means that the more stuff comes downtown, the easier it will be to GET "more stuff" to come downtown.
As others have already said here, between Y.S.U., the Covelli Center, The Small Business Incubator, America Makes, the DeYor/Powers Auditorim, Stambaugh Auditorium, the MVHS history center on Federal Street, The Butler Art Institute, etc. there is now sufficient demand to warrant a hotel downtown.
Having a name brand hotel downtown could make folks who have previously passed the city by [ for lack of a place to stay in town ] reconsider in the future.
Having a hotel will also make the city more attractive to businesses who may be looking to set up shop in Youngstown. Especially those who have to entertain clientele from out of town.
When it was announced that the Realty Tower was going to be redeveloped as luxury apartments, the naysayers said that no one would want to live downtown. The apartments got rented.
When it was announced that the Federal Building was going to be redeveloped, the naysayers said there was already enough housing downtown - the apartments got rented and businesses located on the ground floor.
Now add the Erie Terminal building, and the Wick building....
Mr. Marchionda is nobody's fool... he does the research before he invests in projects like these. When it was announced that the new dorms on Madison Ave. were coming, many people were saying that there was already enough studen housing at Y.S.U. - they were wrong.
Small building blocks, which add up to something great - in due time.
September 26, 2015 at 6:52 a.m.
The speed limits on highways are set by both the city and the STATE... hence the word "interSTATE".
These speed limits are determined with input from the road engineers that DESIGNED the highway, consideration for twists and curves in the road, number of exits - and how close they are together, and a whole lot of other data.
Some view this as a money grab, but nevertheless - given the 12 MPH "grace" that the police are allowing the drivers, it means that those who are getting tickets are REALLY speeding and need to slow down.
I-680 has a lot of accidents. WYTV's website pointed out one year recently where there were about 120 accidents along I-680. That's an average of ONE EVERY THREE DAYS !!!
There are ways to petition to change the speed limit. The fact that speed limits are being adjusted all over the country on a regular basis proves that it CAN be done, that it IS being done.
If you don't like the speed limit, then work to have it changed. In the MEAN TIME, bear in mind that chosing to disregard the law and speed is a CONSCIOUS DECISION on the part of the driver - nobody held a gun to your head and forced you to do it - and yes, breaking the law has consequences.
I have already posted mixed opinions on the issue and I agree that :
1) The city is missing the opportunity to catch peope with outstanding warrants, bad/no license, drugs, weapons, etc.
2) The city should put up signs stating that the speed limit is "PHOTO ENFORCED". Fair warning.
If you don't like the speed limit, work to have it changed.
The anti-fracking crowd just succeeded on getting the anti-fracking issue on the ballot, for the FITH TIME IN A ROW.
The are a perfect example of how citizens who want existing laws to change can apply themselves to the democratic process in this country, if they seriously want to.
September 23, 2015 at 6:56 a.m.
I would not deny their constitutional rights to have their petition heard and put on the ballot if they have met whatever requirements.....
That being said, I hope their "Citizen''s Bill Of Rights" gets voted down - AGAIN. The people have already spoken on the issue - FOUR TIMES.
Enough is ENOUGH, already..... GEEZ.
September 23, 2015 at 3:19 a.m.
I pointed to this link on another site having the save discussion:
This site claims to be able to dump accident data by COUNTY for up to the past 5 years. I haven't been able to get the site to work yet (but I use Windows 10 and the new browser - site says you must use Internet Exploder (explorer).
This would be a good place for those who support raising the speed limit on I-680 to get accident data for the last 5 years.
If they could get the darned site working, that is......
It would be interestering to see what the original engineering specs were for this road when it was built, also... ie: what the road engineers felt was a safe speed for it.
September 16, 2015 at 7:09 a.m.
Let them put it on the ballot again, and get voted down.....again.
At least they won't be tying up the courts with more procedural crappppp
September 16, 2015 at 6:55 a.m.
I agree. Less chances of this "confidential informant" disappearing or having any unfortunate "accidents" between now and trial time.
If the defense has access to the recordings, they don't need to confront this witness before the trial. Anything he said is most likely already on the tapes, if he was the one recording the conversations.
September 16, 2015 at 5:19 a.m.