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Wed., 10:35 pm: More division at Port Authority

May 21, 2014
By BRENDA J. LINERT , Tribune Chronicle

COMING THURSDAY: The Western Reserve Port Authority today divided on whether to pay $14,000 billed by a local company for public relations and strategic planning services over the last three months, because the contract spelling out the terms was signed by the port authority chairman but never approved by the full board.

According to a memorandum of understanding, the port authority, which governs operations at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and area economic development projects, would pay a $3,000 monthly retainer to Youngstown-based V.C. Rubenstein Associates Inc. for things like public relations, marketing, consulting and newsletter creation.

An additional fee of up to $5,000 was listed for "facilitation" on the port authority's strategic plan, which is being developed by another contract organization.

The memorandum was signed in late January by port authority chairman James Floyd and Rubenstein president Carolyn Rubenstein, but never had come before the full board for approval. The split vote puts any payment on hold.

Read more in the Thursday Tribune Chronicle.



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