County repairs strap budget

Mahoning County Commissioners reviewed a report at their weekly meeting Thursday about the upgrades and repairs needed in county buildings.

Mahoning County Director of Purchasing Jim Fortunato is in the process of hiring architects to fix the boiler system and roof at the courthouse, which is causing leaks.

The jail is also in need of repairs to the exterior brick siding.

The county received an $8 million bond for the courthouse repairs but the budget does not have much room to fix the jail or county administration building.

“It’s very difficult to maintain preventative maintenance when your funding source isn’t constant. With the trickle down, what happened in the financial situation, we keep getting less and less funding,” said Fortunato. “For the other buildings, like the administration building and the Justice Center, we’re going to determine what’s wrong, what the cost will be.”

The county is also working on clearing out the annex building on Market Street so it can be sold.

Also in need of repair are Mahoning County roads.

According to Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti, he has streamlined several of the department’s policies to better address issues. There is now one person in charge of pot hole complaints. Ginnetti directs crews and follows up on the work.

“The conditions of the road are in bad condition, and we’re doing everything we can to speed up the process of repairing them and trying to be more pro-active to make the surface smoother for the traveling public,” said Ginnetti. “I’m not happy where they are at. Some of the other counties have different procedures we’re looking at to adopt some of those as well.”

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