Hearing on future of muny court won't be moved to Youngstown - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

updated

Hearing on future of muny court won't be moved to Youngstown

Posted: Updated:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A hearing that could determine whether or not Youngstown municipal court facilities will be upgraded will not be held in Youngstown.

A special master appointed by the state supreme court has denied a motion to move the scheduled March 17 hearing from Columbus.

Last month, the attorney representing city hall officials filed a request to move the proceeding from Columbus to Youngstown because it would save money and cause less disruption to the operations in the court and city hall due to the absence of officials called to testify in the hearing.

In a one page order, the special master did not specify the reason for denying the motion to move the hearing.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering complaints from city judges that current court facilities are among other things, too dirty, too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter and not well maintained.

In 2009, the judges asked the Ohio Supreme Court to force the city to pay for improved court facilities, which the judges say are not in compliance with safety and legal standards set by Ohio law.

In an earlier deposition taken for the case, Municipal  Court Judge Elizabeth Kobly suggested that the city use a tax windfall from the  Vallourec pipe mill to help upgrade court facilities.

According to the deposition, Kobly said, "we've been stonewalled, we've been pooh-poohed, we have been ignored, and otherwise just refused."

After the March hearing, the special master will make his recommendation to the supreme court justices.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:09:34 GMT
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
  • Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
  • Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms