Warren mayor gives State of City address

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — City improvements, vacant buildings and budgetary issues were some of the key points Warren Mayor Doug Franklin discussed during his third annual State of the City address Wednesday evening.

“Circumstances and plans, sometimes things go beyond your control, which make you alter your plans, so hopefully everything will go on as planned,” Franklin said.

The speech lasted a little more than an hour. During that time, one of the biggest concerns he addressed was the substantial cuts from Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office.

The Mayor said in 2011, the city received $1.5 million in local government funds from the state. In 2014, the city will receive a little more than half of the 2011 funds, which is a loss of $715,000.

“We know what our strategies are to manage that. We have done it before unfortunately, so we’re experienced with it and we have a good plan and a solid team,” Franklin said.

At the same time, the mayor pointed out many positives the city has experienced. Some of those include new businesses and a promising outlook on economic development.

Seventh Ward Councilman Eddie Colbert said the mayor and City Council are working together to move the city forward.

“I think we have a bright future. It’s about coming together and working toward that common goal,” Colbert said.

As the city budget continues to tighten, the mayor also talked about continued outreach between emergency personnel and citizens.

To see the entire transcript of Franklin’s address, click here.

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