Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dinner tonight to honor Women in Government

at the Youngstown Club, 5:30, honoring women in government

Annual Budget Passed

Annual budget passed last night at council meeting. Now the work begins with the administration and council to go over this budget and to work together with the different departments.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Budget Talks begin this week Trying to avoid the layoffs

The quarterly budget has to be approved by March the 31st by law. Although this is a weeek away we still have plenty of time after that to evaluate and change the budget.
After the budget is approved it can be changed any time after that. City Council is starting to meet with departments this week, Police and Fire on Tuesday to begin with. City Council is going to meet with every department and go over their budget requests asking them to work with us.
We would rather cut unnecessary spending than cut actual employees. I am sure that once we sit down and hash this out with all departments and they know what is at stake, solutions will be provided.
I will keep you updated as we go through the process.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Get Tix Get Out!!

Get Tix is gone and was a bad deal to begin with. Just another vendor that Global brought in under them. The City made absolutely no money on that deal.
Now I just wish that Boston Culinary Group would leave, to bad they have a 10 year agreement with us..

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Decision to be made tomorrow regarding float loan extension

The float loan that was given to Frangis(owner of the realty, stambaugh, wick buildings along with many more) two years ago for 4 mill is going to be reevaluated tomorrow at the city council finance meeting.
The extension is for 2 mill only and not the original 4 million.
The question that is one everyones mind is what has he done in the last two years and does he have a real plan for the future or is he just using the city to purchase more buildings for more leverage?
Just an FYI, his company owns USA Parking..
As you know, Frangis spoke about building apartments, condos in several buildings downtown. As you also know, nothing has been done with this in the last two years.
Is this company really going to build anything downtown or do they just want extensions.
This councilman wants to see a "real" plan and a realistic timeframe before a decision is made.

Getting rid of was a good idea

For all that are wondering, the city's decision to get rid of was an excellent decision. That contract was a decision made by Global Entertainment and the city did not make one penny off of those transactions.
The city is looking to negotiate with a new agency to retain some profit

Budget Meetings to be set for the City of Youngstown

The quarterly budget meetings for the city of Youngstown will be set in the coming weeks.
There is going to be some trimming that needs to be done ASAP.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Idora Block Watch Meeting set for April the 9th at 6pm

I encourage everyone that is interested in bettering their neighborhoods and communities to be at this meeting. The Idora Park plan will be discussed at this time as well as any other concerns that you may have.
If you have any questions please email Jim London at

Here is also the website for the blockwatch

Park And Recreation Director Range Set

City Council approved a salary range for the Park and Recreation Director to be 55-61k. The Park and Recreation Board will choose the director and then recommend a viable salary. Council will then approve or not approve this recommendation.
If you are interested in this position please drop your resume off at City Hall, either the mayors office or city council chambers on the 6th floor.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

House Demo List

House Demo List to be posted here. If you feel that there is a house that is not on this list but should be looked at please email me at or call me at 234-855-1175.


Street Paving List

I am working on Attaching a street paving list for your convenience at this location. Although there is a set list, if your street is not on this list and you feel it should be please email me at or call me at 234-855-1175(local number, new area code).


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Relay For Life for Youngstown

The Relay for Life will be April the 19th starting at 6pm. I know that they are looking for volunteers and participants and I am able to attest that this is a great organization and cause. If you would like to volunteer please contact Sharon Schroeder at 330-718-9189.

Hillary to Visit Valley again on Sunday 2pm at Fitch High School

Knowing the importance of the vote of this valley, Hillary Clinton will be speaking at Fitch High School on Sunday 2pm. Doors open at 12:30 for all the public and Hopefully the Maytag guy won't be there again. :)

Park and Recreation Board Position

Just an FYI that there is an opening on the Park and Recreation Board appointed by Council. All interested should get their information to the 6th floor of city council. Information including a resume and letter of intent.

City Council Meeting

There will be a City Council meeting this Monday March the 4th at 5pm and no meeting this coming Wednesday after the election.
There is no particular reason for the special meeting except a piece of legislation for a nice grant that needs to be voted on and passed.
As we go through the year, I will post some information concerning the city council meetings for those that are unable to make it.