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Council OKs purchase of Mill Creek lot

Will turn it over to YNDC for renovation

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown council agreed to permit the city to purchase a property for $1 from Mill Creek MetroParks and turn it over to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. for renovation.

Council voted 7-0 Wednesday to obtain the title to 900 Old Furnace Road, which was the longtime home of the Mill Creek superintendent until about 20 years ago.

YNDC plans to renovate the property, Tiffany Sokol, its housing director, said.

“We’re still looking to see the best use,” she said. “We want to do right by the community and we’re taking our time with the property.”

The park system has used the property for storage and office space in the past.

Councilwoman Lauren McNally, D-5th Ward, who has the property in her ward, said the park wanted to donate 900 Old Furnace Road to YNDC, but “they can’t so they have to use the city as a pass-through.”

McNally said: “I’m excited it’s going to go up for sale and be reused. It will go for a decent amount of money after it’s renovated because it’s a nice piece of property.”

A proposal to demolish the remaining bleachers at the former South High School stadium at 1833 Market St. was removed from the agenda.

Council also decided to keep a proposal in the finance committee for further discussion to pay $24,298.48 in overtime to seven health district employees, including the commissioner and five other management employees who normally aren’t permitted to receive extra pay.

Also Wednesday, council voted 5-2 against paying $2,069.60 in retroactive pay from April 1, 2020, to this past Jan. 31 to Susan Burnham, a retired public health nurse for the district. Burnham retired Jan. 31.

Council members objected to retroactive pay for a retired city employee.

But Councilwoman Samantha Turner, D-3rd Ward, one of the two members to support the payment, said the retroactive pay was to correct a mistake that resulted in Burnham not receiving money of which she was entitled.

The other council member supporting the payment was Jimmy Hughes, D-2nd Ward.

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