Work begins on new EMA building

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Trumbull County officials broke ground Wednesday morning at the site of a $2.4 million Emergency Management Agency building. The facility is being constructed behind the engineer’s office on North River Road.

The location is a big step forward for the agency. The EMA is currently housed inside the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport. Director Linda Beil said the cramped space has several problems including water, mold and electrical issues.

“We had problems with not meeting FEMA standards, so this is going to take care of everything, solve all of our problems and we will actually have storage for all of our vehicles that have been sitting outside and getting very weathered,” said Beil.

The facility will also house part of the investigators unit of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Tom Altiere said he has waited 20 years to see the project come to fruition.

“Being partnered with EMA is extremely important when something happens. They will have all the phones and everything out here we need to utilize,” said Altiere. “We will have a command post here. It will be a win, win for everybody.”

The investigative unit secured $750,000 in grants to help fund the project.

Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda said other county agencies, such as Trumbull County 911, may find a new home in the EMA building. The project should be completed by early next year.

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