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Mayor wants children off streets

99 years ago in 1920:

Mayor McBride was considering an old-time plan to keep Warren children in at night.

The fire bell tolling at 9 p.m. each night, warning children they must be off the streets unless accompanied by an adult, was being considered, the mayor said.

The mayor said small boys and girls running the streets long after 9 o’clock were seen every night. The mayor said youngsters 10 and 12 years old were often seen loitering about entrances to motion picture houses at 9:30 or 10 o’clock at night, often times later than that. The practice was a bad one for the youngsters’ future, the mayor believed, where they learned profanity and bad habits.

The curfew bell had not been rung in Warren for several years. Police had consequently not been asked to try to drive the small boys off the street at 9 p.m., although they often suggested to youngsters they should be on their way home and not loafing downtown.

50 years ago in 1969:

Carl Cullivan, district manager for United Telephone Co. of Ohio, at a meeting of the Cortland Merchants Association, said his company was definitely interested “in providing two-way extended area service (toll-free service) between the Cortland and Warren exchanges of United Telephone Co., of Ohio. Cullivan explained the first step would be that of conducting a subscriber opinion poll to see if two-way extended area service between Cortland and the Warren exchange was desired by area subscribers, by a door-to-door survey or with a letter and return opinion postcard.

At the time, subscribers in the Cortland exchange could reach 5,980 main stations. With the proposed extended area service, customers would be able to call the Warren exchange, increasing the total number of stations to 38,303. He said the approval of 80 percent of subscribers was still dependent on the approval of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. With approval, some 24 months would be required before service would be made available.

25 years ago in 1994:

Four-way stop signs in Niles were falling like leaves.

Stop signs were coming down at 44 intersections in the city, making them into two-way stops. But driving habits are hard to break, and the move was attracting complaints from many residents who said it would lead to more speeding and accidents.

“I’ve heard it from some people who have said its been a four-way stop for 20 to 30 years, and I see their point,” said Bernie Profato, head of the Niles police traffic division who was supervising the removal.

But Profato said the scattershot way the city put up stop signs in the past did little to slow speeders and actually hurt drivers.

For years city officials, acting on resident requests, put up stop signs without any study of whether the traffic counts at the intersection qualified for a four-way stop.

10 years ago in 2009:

City council met on the projected 2010 budget. There were no layoffs built into the $24.7 million general fund budget, but the city administration hoped to take care of the $692,235 shortfall through the labor negotiations, possibly through changes to health benefits. The administration gave council a draft budget that balanced only by cutting health care costs.

“That’s the big hole we’re looking at fixing,” said Councilman Andy Barkley, D-3rd Ward.

Safety-Service Director Doug Franklin said the administration would look at other ways to reduce labor costs, but he was not more specific.

Councilman Al Novak, D-2nd Ward, argued against more taxes, citing recent fee and tax increase defeats at the polls on Tuesday as evidence voters did not want more taxes.

Council President Robert Marchese called for each council committee member to meet with their specific department to find ways to cut costs.

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Emily Earnhart.

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