YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The phone lines are working once again at Youngstown City Hall and the Police Department next door after being out for much the day.
For the third or fourth time in as many months, the phones went silent Monday after a power outage downtown knocked out the aging system. The 911 system was not affected by the outage.
Maintenance crews first discovered the problem when they arrived for work around 5 a.m. It kept people from calling into the mayor’s office and other departments, as well as preventing employees from calling anyone using the phone lines.
“Over the past few months, it has become a little bit of a hindrance to have to deal with these issues, whether it’s on a Monday or a Friday or over the weekend. So far this morning, it is quiet because out phones are not working,” Youngstown Mayor John McNally said.
The mayor said workers are in the process of installing a new generator for the building to help maintain power in the event of future outages. He said the city’s Board of Control also will be taking action later this week to begin work on replacing the phone system, which is something he said could take a year to complete.