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More city businesses get virus relief grants

YOUNGSTOWN — Five more businesses will get $10,000 grants and one will get $9,600 from the city to provide financial relief as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, a contractor will be paid for demolishing the former Anthony’s on the River building; and the city is getting three new snow plow trucks.

The city’s board of control took the actions Thursday.

It approved the grants from the city’s COVID-19 business stabilization program to help the businesses create and retain jobs in eligible low-income census tracts.

The fund has $220,000 in it with $200,000 from the city’s Community Development Block Grant fund by way of federal COVID-19 relief money and $20,000 from the KeyBank Business Boost and Build Program.

Businesses with three to 25 employees were eligible for operating expenses going back to March 15, 2020.

The board approved five grants of $10,000 each May 27.

Each grant is for up to $10,000.

The Lil Indians Mobile Meals, 3662 Loveland Road, requested $9,600 with the board approving that Thursday.

The five other grants for $10,000 each and approved Thursday went to:

• Kollege Tots and Kids II, 121 E. Rayen Ave.

• Happy Campers Learning Center, 518 E. Indianola Ave.

• Sun Auto Sales, 1835 Glenwood Ave.

• Ryes Craft Beer and Whiskey, 124 E. Federal St.

• Grinding Equipment and Machinery LLC, 15 S. Worthington St.

Also Thursday, the board approved a $48,000 payment to Steel Valley Contractors LLC, a Youngstown company, for the August 2020 demolition of the former Anthony’s on the River building.

City council voted 4-3 on June 2 to pay the bill. It had voted 4-3 on Aug. 26, 2020, not to pay the demolition bill because the building at 15 Oak Hill Ave. was taken down without prior notice to council members.

The demolition was done by emergency four days before council was to vote on legislation to approve the contract. Before the vote, fire Chief Barry Finley determined the 110-year-old building was in danger of collapsing.

Councilman Julius Oliver, D-1st Ward, strongly disputed that and complained that many other buildings in the city need to come down and Anthony’s wasn’t one of them.

Law Director Jeff Limbian said an attorney for Steel Valley had contacted the law department before the vote to say the company was going to file a lawsuit for the $48,000 bill if it wasn’t paid.

The board also approved a $489,789 contract with FYDA Freightliner Youngstown Inc. for the purchase of three new snow-plow trucks.

The trucks will be ready for use by January or February.

The city is using money to buy the trucks from the $82,775,370 it was awarded from the federal American Rescue Plan.

dskolnick@vindy.com

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