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Township continues demolition program

December 6, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Austintown Township trustees approved seven more demolition bids at the Nov. 25 meeting. According to Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli, the township could see more funds come in from an extension of the program.

The township had received funding from a Mahoning County grant that came from the Ohio Attorney General's office, who partnered with the Mahoning County Land Bank. The county received a total of $1,531,680 to cover the demolition of structures that are declared unfit for habitation. Those funds were divided up among townships and cities within the county that have a nuisance property problem. Austintown got $54,828 in unmatched funds and another $35,000 in matching funds to continue demolishing unfit structures within the township.

At the Nov. 25 meeting, trustees approved seven more structures located at 6425 Mahoning Ave., 6080 and 5938 Kirk Road, 3160 and 2658 South Meridian Road, 2624 Canfield-Niles Road, and 4558 Washington Square Drive. Total for the bids was set at $24,810. The bids were awarded to All-Demolition and Companies, 1195 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland.

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Township officials Trustee Lisa Oles, Fiscal Officer Laura Wolfe, and trustees Jim Davis and Rick Stauffer welcomed Mike Gully (center) to the Nov. 25 meeting. Gully is the new general manager of the Penn National racino that is set to open next year.

"The program has been extended through May," Crivelli said. "If I can spend another $25,000 I could get another $35,000 in unmatched funds."

He said the program has enabled the township to take down a record number of unfit and uninhabitable structures that he believes will improve neighborhoods and home values.

On a different matter, one special guest at the meeting was Mike Gully, the new general manager of the Penn National racino in Austintown. He was introduced at the meeting and he told trustees the racino is almost completely enclosed.

"We are on track to open next year," he said.

In the meantime, Gully said he was looking to move to Austintown and become a part of the community.

In other business:

Trustees approved going after Ohio Public Works Issue I funding after committing $58,900 of township funds for a grant for the Leharps Road Improvement project, Phase II.

All three trustees congratulated the Fitch football team on a successful season.



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