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Business spurs post office expansion

This week in history

99 years ago in 1921

The great increase in the city’s postal service business, which had brought about such a congested condition in the local post office, made it necessary for Postmaster L.C. Brown to make an application for a substation to be located where it would provide the best means for alleviating the work in the business district office.

On the recommendation of H.M. Hageney, a city official making an inspection of the local office’s needs, bids were received for the furnishings of suitable premises. They contained not less than 5,000 square feet of floor space, for post office purposes under a lease of five years under accordance with specifications that could be seen by calling at the post office.

This station, if granted, would be a regular post office in every way except there would be no general delivery. It would provide lock boxes and windows for the transaction of money orders, registers, parcel post and stamp business.

Inspector Hageney found that Warren post office was listed among the cities in Ohio that had enjoyed a steady and substantial growth. The future was assured of just as steady a growth as had been experienced in the past five years.

80 years ago in 1940

For the first time since 1928, Warren voters at a special election approved a bond issue for improvement purposes as they authorized the sale of $375,000 worth to finance the city’s share of the $1.5 million citywide, seven trunk-line WPA Sewer project.

The total unofficial vote gave the proposal 65 percent total under Ohio statute.

The last time Warren voters approved an improvement bond issue was in 1928 when a $128,500 issue was authorized for the construction of the West Market Street bridge.

Work on the Grandview SE and Youngstown SE relief sewers was to get underway within two months, Mayor Robert H. Roberts announced.

“It will take us about six or seven weeks to sell the bonds,” explained the mayor, “and we can’t begin the construction until the money is available.”

The two sewers apportioned above had received federal approval under a program submitted by the previous administration and a work schedule released by the WPA, which up to that point could not be carried out because of lack of city finances to meet the municipal share of the cost.

25 years ago in 1995

Police believed a middle-aged man whose body was found in the woods several hundred yards behind K-Mart on U.S. 422 could have died from the heat.

Howland police Chief Steve Lamantia said residents in the area of North Road and U.S. 422 saw the man staggering on the road and told offices the man seemed to be bothered by the heat.

There were no signs of struggle or physical confrontation, and the man had just under $100 in his pocket, Lamantia said. The man reportedly also had keys in his pocket, said Niles police, who arrived first at the scene.

The death was the first local heat-related fatality of 1995. Temperatures had remained dangerously high throughout July, according to the National Weather Service office at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.

10 years ago in 2010

Much work done behind the scenes over several years to ensure a green technology incubator became a reality for downtown Warren.

The project was to gain public momentum, according to John Pogue, chairman of the board of directors for Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center.

The board was expected to file paperwork to gain nonprofit status, grant proposals were to be filed, a location chosen and fundraising was to begin.

The board of directors was expected to consist of 10 members, with two still being sought to round out the panel. It included several people with financial backgrounds, a Youngstown State University professor, the Warren mayor and a representative from the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition (NorTech).

Ted Theofrastous, an advanced energy fellow for NorTech Energy Enterprise, said one of NorTech’s goals was to tie the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center into Warren’s revitalization effort.

“This could be an amazing place to launch these companies,” he said.

The goal for TBEIC was to attract funding and help the center to create partnerships with large companies perhaps a utility provider. The hope was to become a lightning rod for more money and jobs in the area.

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

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