Trumbull County leaders put commitment to fight blight on paper

Trumbull County Commissioners gathered to talk about blight in the county.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County leaders are dedicated to cleaning up blight, and they put their commitment on paper Thursday.

During the commissioner’s meeting, local mayors, commissioners and township trustees, signed up to be part of a committee to develop a plan of attack for abandoned buildings and blight in the area.

Commissioners know that a clean neighborhood makes residents happy, and it also attracts more business to the community. Warren mayor Doug Franklin said it’s important for everyone to work together and hold discussions to tackle the problem.

“It is very important so that you can coordinate your efforts so that you can do it in a systematic, structured way, where you are not wasting time and everything funnels through the process,” Franklin said.

The newly formed committee will also take a look at surrounding communities such as Youngstown for suggestions as on making Trumbull County a cleaner place to live and work.

The ongoing issue for many Trumbull Communities are the costs involved in demolition and manpower. Franklin pointed out that workers in the city’s operations department is down to 23 from 85.

“We have to work smarter, and we have to work more efficiently,” Franklin said.

Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka said the committee will work to organize groups to clean targeted areas.

“We already did that with the Sheriff’s Department and it saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout the whole county,” Polivka said.

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