YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown City Council passed a bill Wednesday evening to demolish bleachers at six of the city’s old baseball fields.
Mayor John McNally wants to spend $300,000 to tear down the bleachers, and he wants it done as soon as possible.
The stands at Ipe, Stambaugh, Gibson, Oakland, Nick Johnson and Tod fields are not only eyesores, but are unsafe, according to Parks Director Bob Burke.
Last week, McNally said that several residents complained about the bleachers, so the city looked into the situation.
Not all council members agreed with his demolition plan, however. Some council members questioned using city money and suggested seeking the help of Youngstown State for grant writing.
Other council members, including McNally, want the project funded internally.
“It’s going to be difficult to find anyone who is going to fund demolition projects except ourselves and quite frankly, that’s one of the reasons why we created the environmental sanitation fund, to get some of these projects moving,” McNally said.
The next step is to determine what the cost is going to be to get rid of each set of bleachers.