''We're back to square one.''
Trumbull County Commissioner Paul Heltzel said that to me Thursday while we talked about the county's plans to relocate the county offices in the old Wean Building on North Park Avenue.
So the search continues to find new accommodations for those county employees in the county Planning Commission and Building Department and Microfilm, Printing and Records department, which is part of Diana Marchese's Recorder's Office.
Commissioners on Wednesday rejected six bids for office space for the Microfilm, Printing and Records Department and seven bids for space for the Planning Commission and Building Department.
There were a number of alternatives to combine offices in different buildings and ''nearly all of them, if not all of them, in some way included some of Gibson's building'' Heltzel said, and the price for the Gibson Building was more than commissioners wanted to pay.
The Gibson Building, which houses Ohio's Worker Compensation offices and some other tenants, is on East Market Street between Pine and Vine avenues.
Heltzel said commissioners would probably go back to bid for new office space in the early summer. In the first round, the county received just two or three proposals.
''As people learn about it, start thinking about it, they may have some property they can make available to us,'' Heltzel said.
The county wants to keep the offices in downtown Warren near the administration building, but that presents some difficulty.
The Wean Building is a money pit, but unlike the movie - one of Tom Hanks' finest where ultimately the broken down home is restored to glory - the Wean Building continues to deteriorate and cost the county money.
Heltzel said last summer the county spent $60,000 to $80,000 to ''band-aid'' the boiler system. Also, the windows leak, the roof needs to be replaced and there are problems with the elevators.
Commissioner Frank Fuda once said it costs the county about $25,000 to heat the building in the winter.
Heltzel said the plan is to build new at some point, ''unless there is some magic pill where we found a building downtown.''
The site of the Wean Building is ideal for a new building. It's within walking distance to the administration building, which contains the offices of recorder, treasurer, auditor and prosecutor; the county courthouse; sheriff's office; Department of Job and Family Services; and other offices.
The Regional Chamber's Government Affairs Council is hosting the candidates in the Democrat primary election for Youngstown mayor in a ''forum-style'' event April 5 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Banquet Hall in Youngstown.
Confirmed attending are Jamael Tito Brown, president of Youngstown City Council and John McNally, former Mahoning County commissioner. Invited was Matthew Smith, the third candidate.
The candidates will make brief statements and then answer questions from a moderator. If time permits, the audience will be able to ask the men questions. Cost is $30 for chamber members and $40 for non-members.