April 20, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
County Land Bank Directors to Lead Community Dialogue
Annual Meeting to be followed by question and answer session
YOUNGSTOWN – The April meeting of Mahoning County Land Bank’s Board of Directors will be less about routine business and more about community dialogue.
Directors and Land Bank employees will gather for the County Land Bank’s Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Radius Room of Mill Creek MetroParks’ Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave. After the brief business meeting concludes, Directors will lead a question-and-answer session with audience members about the Land Bank’s programs and initiatives to revitalize vacant, abandoned property – including the demolition of empty, unlivable houses and transfer of vacant lots to neighboring owners.
“This meeting is the latest in our continuing efforts to inform the public about the work being done by the Land Bank to eliminate blight and restore tax delinquent, abandoned properties to productive use,” says Daniel R. Yemma, Mahoning County Treasurer and chairman of the Land Bank’s Board of Directors. “Taxpayers will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions and gather information regarding the Land Bank.”
Directors will not meet Tuesday, April 28, as previously announced. The board will return to its normal meeting schedule – at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month – in May.
This is the third time that the Land Bank has moved its meeting date, time and location to be more accessible to Mahoning County residents. Previously, both Boardman and Austintown townships have hosted evening Land Bank meetings.
Feb. 26, 2015
Mahoning County Land Bank, a nonprofit community improvement corporation, seeks an experienced, part-time Housing Demolition Specialist.
The Specialist will work with the Director of Planning, Acquisitions and Dispositions to oversee the demolition of abandoned residential structures in Mahoning County. The ideal candidate must be a self-starting individual with reasoning ability and problem solving skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Works directly with contractors and assists with project management from project inception to completion.
- Tracks incoming inventory and inspects and evaluates for demolition or possible rehabilitation.
- Manage asbestos testing and contract award procedures.
- Manage utility disconnection requests.
- Update Land Bank and City of Youngstown databases as needed.
- Manage asbestos abatement estimates, contract awards, EPA notices and inspection processes.
- Manage demolition quotes, contract awards and EPA notice processes.
- Manages demolition process including on-site project monitoring; photographs; sewer cap, foundation removal and pre-backfill inspections; and final inspections, all within deadlines.
- Accepts additional duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. An individual also must possess a valid driver’s license and provide proof of automobile insurance.
Education and/or Experience:
- 3 years’ experience performing or managing housing demolition and asbestos abatement work for a private firm or a local, state or federal government office, or equivalent; OR
- 3 years’ experience performing or managing zoning code enforcement, housing nuisance, and/or housing rehabilitation, or equivalent; OR
- Working knowledge of demolition and asbestos abatement work, including bidding, contract and inspection issues, or equivalent.
- Ability to evaluate structures for demolition or rehabilitation.
- Ability to interpret asbestos inspection reports.
- Ability to write and interpret specifications and contracts.
- Ability to issue EPA 10-day asbestos abatement and demolition notices.
- Ability to use database technology, including mobile technology.
- Ability to organize a diverse set of tasks and create an efficient daily schedule.
- Ability to communicate in a professional manner with contractors, their representatives and employees of the organization.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Ability to multi-task and manage several projects at one time with all taking priority.
Hourly wage commensurate with experience. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Debora Flora, Executive Director, Mahoning County Land Bank, 20 W. Federal St., Suite M5-A, Youngstown, OH, 44503. No calls, please.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Board of Directors meetings will be at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Mahoning County Commissioners’ Conference Room, 21 W. Boardman St., Second Floor, Youngstown, unless otherwise posted. Meeting dates for Calendar Year 2015 are as follows:
Christopher N. Travers of Youngstown is the newest member of Mahoning County Land Bank’s Board of Directors. He attended his first meeting on Tuesday, July 22.
Travers is a member as well as past president, secretary and treasurer of the 7th Ward Citizens Coalition in Youngstown, a nonprofit organization that is focused on neighborhood improvement and preservation. He also serves on the board of Neighborhood Improvement Corps, which created and operated a tool shed to loan equipment to income-qualified residents for home maintenance and improvement projects. His career background includes broadcasting, sales and marketing, and management.
A vacancy on the Board of Directors was created earlier this year when Presley L. Gillespie, former executive director of Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, resigned to accept a job in Pittsburgh.
Here is a link to our Annual Report for 2013, which highlights our activities, successes and opportunities to revitalize vacant, abandoned properties in Mahoning County:
Website PDF of 2013 annual report
The annual meeting of Mahoning County Land Bank’s Board of Directors will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Austintown Township Hall, 82 Ohltown Road.
Officers will be elected and the yearly financial report will be reviewed for submission to the Auditor of State’s Office.
YOUNGSTOWN – A volunteer is needed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corporation, or Land Bank, says its chairman, Daniel R. Yemma.
Currently, there is one vacancy on the 9-member board for a private sector representative with experience in nonprofit or civic organizations.
The nonprofit County Land Bank was created by Mahoning County Commissioners in 2011 to return vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent properties to productive use. Yemma also is the County Treasurer.
Regular meetings are at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the commissioners’ conference room, County Administration Building, 21 W. Boardman St.
Persons interested in serving as the Citizen Representative on the Board of Directors should send cover letters and resumes to the Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corporation, c/o County Treasurer Daniel R. Yemma, 120 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44503.
All expressions of interest must be received on or before Friday, April 25.
The Board of Directors of Mahoning County Land Bank will meet at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise posted. Monthly meetings are held in the Mahoning County Commissioners’ Conference Room, 21 W. Boardman St., Second Floor, downtown Youngstown. Meeting dates for Calendar Year 2014 are as follows:
* Jan. 28
* Feb. 25
* March 25
* April 22
* May 27
* June 24
* July 22
* Aug. 26
* Sept. 23
* Oct. 28
* Nov. 25
* Dec. 23
The Finance Committee of Mahoning County Land Bank will meet at noon Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Land Bank office suite, 20 W. Federal St., Suite M5-A, Youngstown.
The Personnel Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the County Commissioners’ conference room, County Administration Building, 21 W. Boardman St., second floor, Youngstown.
The Board of Directors will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, also in the County Commissioners’ conference room. NOTE: Directors’ meetings usually are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but this meeting is being moved because of the Christmas holiday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 11, 2013
County Land Bank Moves Meeting Date, Location
YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning County Land Bank is changing its meeting date, time and place this month.
The October meeting of the County Land Bank’s Board of Directors will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market St. These meetings generally are held on weekdays. All board meetings are open to the public.
The County Land Bank is a nonprofit community improvement corporation with a 9-member Board of Directors, representing both public and private sectors. The County Land Bank’s mission is to promote healthy, sustainable neighborhoods by returning vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent land to productive use. Activities include acquiring and transferring side lots to neighboring owners; acquiring and renovating structurally sound houses; and performing strategic demolitions to reduce blight, stabilize property values and increase residents’ sense of well-being.
The County Land Bank has completed or is overseeing acquisition, renovation and/or demolition activities in these communities: Austintown; Beaver; Beloit; Boardman; Campbell; Coitsville; Craig Beach; Ellsworth; Green; Lowellville; Milton; Poland Township; Sebring; Smith Township; Springfield; Struthers; and Youngstown.