Polivka (the Younger) wins 5th Ward


Danielle Polivka, aged 18, won the election to serve out the remainder of the current term as 5th Ward Councilwoman tonight. Ms. Polivka is the daughter of Trumbull County Commissioner and Trumbull County Democratic Party head, Dan Polivka.

The election was held among six of the seven eligible Democratic Party Precinct Committee persons. Ms. Polivka won on the first ballot, 4-2. Former Warren City Councilman Bill Dolan received the other 2 votes.

I do not know any of the four candidates personally, but after listening to each of their 2-3 minute speeches to the  approximately 20 others in the room, I was shocked by the outcome. Ms. Polivka gave a poised, intelligent presentation to the group, but given her age and lack of eduction or experience she did not seem — to me at least — to be among the top two most qualified candidates. But maybe she will make up for it with grit and determination.

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Filling the 5th Ward vacancy


The Democratic party committeepersons will vote tomorrow for someone to fill the remainder of Vince Flask’s unexpired term as 5th Ward Councilman, following his election by the party to complete A.J. Natale’s term as Auditor. The candidates are: John Mosko, Ken McPherson,  Bill Dolan, Lisa Mamula and Danielle Polivka.

There are only seven 5th Ward committee persons, so it will take no more than 4 votes to claim the seat — fewer than that if not all 7 show up to vote. It’s a pretty simple and inexpensive way to get into office. Just find four supporters — no door knocking, no yard signs, no friend-to-friend cards.

The vote is scheduled for 5:30 Thursday at Democratic party HQ — 3200 Ridge Road.


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Future stars


DSCN1292DSCN1297I stopped by the Garden District for a few minutes this afternoon and was happy to see that, as usual, the newest addition to the GD was getting a good work out. Thanks to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’sLots to Love” program, there is now a half court basketball set up with a nice level cement pad and a good quality basket. You’ll see young people from the neighborhood playing there any time of day, including these fellows, who assured me they were all future NBA stars.

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Last night in Council

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Nothing happened. At just under 20 minutes it was the shortest meeting I can remember. It only went that long because of the hearty congratulations given to Vince Flask for winning the Auditor’s job with 15 votes from the Democratic party Committeemen.

I chose this photo because the most noteworthy thing last night was the reordering of the dais where the city leaders sit during meetings. Are you old enough to remember when the only way to tell who was leading the Soviet Union was to check the order they stood in on top of Lenin’s tomb for the May Day Parade?

It was kind of like that. As long as anyone could remember, the order in Council has always been (left to right) Greg Hicks, the auditor (Vince for the first time last night), Brenda Smith (Council clerk), Jim Graham, Doug, Enzo and John Homlitis. But for some reason Hicks switched seats with Homlitis last night. Why? Is there tension among the city fathers? Does someone not like someone else enough to sit next to them for an hour every other week?

[correction: an earlier version of this story misstated the number of votes Mr. Flask received.]

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TNP’s $6.6 million score!


Demolition925Today the Ohio Housing Finance Agency awarded $6.6 million to the Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corporation (the Land Bank), which is overseen by the Trumbull County Treasurer, Sam Lamancusa, and managed and operated by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership under contract with the county.

This is the largest award won by TNP to date, and is greater than all the other previous grants combined. This award will allow the Land Bank to demolish hundreds more vacant and abandoned house in Trumbull County — especially in Warren.

It is interesting to note that this sum is more than double the funds award to Hamilton County, (which includes Cincinnati). It is more than was granted to Summit County (Akron), which is more than twice as populous as Trumbull County, and over half what Franklin County (Columbus) received, even though they are almost 10 times our size.

Why? The awards are based on past success and the efficiency with which previous grants were used. Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and our Land Bank are really good at this work, which has now brought more than $10 million into the area and remediated acres of blight.

They deserve our thanks and respect.

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