LORDSTOWN — Village officials and Jackson Township officials discussed the idea of a joint economic development district for property in the southwest section of State Route 45 and near the Ohio Turnpike.
Mayor Arno Hill and Council Speaker Ron Radtka said they have discussed with some Jackson Township officials the idea of a JEDD for the 130-acre property if a developer or business wants to locate there. The site is on the line between Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Hill said the village and township would provide utilities, such as water and sewer.
He said if a JEDD is agreed for the location it could be extended to the southern area near Bailey Road.
Any income from a business or business located there, such as income tax, would be shared by the two communities.
Hill said about 30 acres were in Jackson Township.
Radtka said that although nothing is official, representatives of the two communities have agreed to future meetings.
“There are businesses interested in this area if the zoning and utilities are correct. We would like to find something beneficial for both parties if a business comes into play. We want something that would be mutually beneficial for both parties,” said Hill.
In March, representatives from the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments met with village officials to discuss a plan to seek $25 million in federal funds to help revitalize an area of Trumbull and Mahoning called LIVE area – Logistics, innovation and vehicle electrification.
James Kinnick, executive director of Eastgate, said local communities in the LIVE area are encouraged to contribute as the funds sought can be used for infrastructure needs, road improvements and revitalization. This would include areas of Lordstown and North Jackson.
Kinnick said a $25 million Restructuring America’s Infrastructure Through Sustainability and Equity grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation is being sought to strengthen infrastructure and help create jobs.
A consultant is studying the area to find out where improvements and revitalizations can be made with federal funds.
Sarah Boyarko, chief operating officer at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, said several similar meetings have been and will be held in both counties. She said there are plans to look at areas that can be used for logistics-related economic development projects, such as distribution, manufacturing or suppliers.
In other business on Monday, the Village Council gave the final reading authorizing Clerk Bill Blank to pay $36,839 to the Lordstown School Board as part of the revenue-sharing agreement between the Village and the School District of employees of Matalco Inc.
The Board also gave a first reading accepting a direct loan of $1.5 million from the Ohio Department of Development to be used for the Ultium Cells LLC water utility infrastructure project. Hill said the funds will be used to cover the costs of bringing water to the plant.