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Brookfield, other communities look at JEDD

BROOKFIELD — Officials from Brookfield, Hubbard city and Hubbard Township have been meeting with representatives of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber on what would be involved in establishing a Joint Economic Development District committee.

Brookfield Trustee Chairman Gary Lees said at this week’s trustees meeting that state Rep. Gil Blair, D-Weathersfield, offered to provide any help with the discussions for a JEDD, which is when one or more municipalities and a township agree to work together to develop township land for commercial or industrial purposes.

Lees said incoming Hubbard Mayor Ben Kyle and Hubbard Trustee Fred Hanley have been involved in the discussions with Nick Santucci from the chamber.

Lees said the idea for a JEDD will be looked at further in 2020.

He said other projects to be looked at next year include seeking any available grants and revenue for the removal of the Coalburg Lake dam. Liability issues with the dam forced the Trumbull County MetroParks Board to give up the idea of turning it into a county park.

The 356-acre property includes an 80-acre lake with the dam.