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‘Vague’ ARP requests concern city - The Vindicator


City council plans Wednesday to approve $344,120 in American Rescue Plan-funded projects recommended by its members, but administration officials said the vagueness of some of the requests could lead to them to go nowhere.

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said the language in some of these council requests to spend ARP money, as well as those approved Aug. 24, is not specific enough for the project funding to be allocated.

“It’s vague,” Brown said Monday at council’s finance committee meeting. “There has to be more specifics if BOC (board of control) is to approve it.”

If a council request is too vague, Brown said, “We can’t do anything with it.”

The board of control consists of Brown, Law Director Jeff Limbian and Finance Director Kyle Miasek.

Limbian mentioned Councilwoman Basia Adamczak’s request for $146,222 to hire a quality of life and property maintenance ambassador for her ward, the 7th, for two years through the Youngstown Neighborhood Develop-ment Corp.

“Frankly, I was stymied by this,” he said. “Unless the position is created, I don’t know how we hire someone.”

After further discussion, Adamczak asked that the legislation be changed for Wednesday’s meeting to have YNDC “provide” the ambassador rather than “hire.”

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