Preparations for Sharon mapping initiative - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Preparations for Sharon mapping initiative

Posted: Updated:
SHARON, Pa. -

It's a first-of-its-kind initiative that could have big implications for the future of the city of Sharon.

Inside the city's municipal building on a sunny, warm afternoon, volunteers are busy setting up for a big day Saturday.

It's not a marathon or a race, but something that will still command lots of energy.

The volunteers will be scouring the city from top to bottom, inside and out, using GIS or geographic information systems mapping through an app on mobile phones.

"We're verifying the house address for Mercer County 911, we're going over the construction materials for the houses for our state historical preservation office and lastly and most importantly to us we're actually going to go through conditions of the properties themselves," says citizen volunteer Bill Dodd.

And it's much bigger than just this one mapping event.

"We do a lot of grant applications and really to make yourself more competitive to bring more dollars into the city, you need hard data and at the present time we just don't have that," says Sharon Community and Economic Development Director Melissa Lynn-Holmes.

The data will be compiled into a summary, then into a neighborhood revitalization plan to be given to city and state leaders.

Less than a month after the first of three training sessions was held, the group has already handed out 4,000 of the 6,500 maps to be completed.

"We do expect that we're going to be able to get close to all 6,500 homes done," says Dodd.

And once they do, these volunteers have high hopes for where their hard work will lead.

The mapping initiative gets underway at 9am Saturday at the Sharon Municipal Building.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Car drives through Youngstown Dollar General, one injured

    Car drives through Youngstown Dollar General, one injured

    Monday, February 18 2019 5:32 PM EST2019-02-18 22:32:45 GMT

    A car has driven through a Youngstown Dollar General closing the business for the rest of the day.  Just after 3:30 pm on Monday afternoon a driver ran off the road and into the Dollar General on Belmont Avenue.  Police say that there is one person who was injured in the crash and there transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.  Police are currently investigating the accident.  This is a developing story stay with 21 News and make sure to download th...

    More >>

    A car has driven through a Youngstown Dollar General closing the business for the rest of the day.  Just after 3:30 pm on Monday afternoon a driver ran off the road and into the Dollar General on Belmont Avenue.  Police say that there is one person who was injured in the crash and there transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.  Police are currently investigating the accident.  This is a developing story stay with 21 News and make sure to download th...

    More >>
  • Tim Hortons announces several Mahoning Valley locations

    Tim Hortons announces several Mahoning Valley locations

    Monday, February 18 2019 4:33 PM EST2019-02-18 21:33:06 GMT

    Tim Hortons has announced that it will open up several Mahoning Valley locations by the end of 2019.  

    More >>

    Tim Hortons has announced that it will open up several Mahoning Valley locations by the end of 2019.  

    More >>
  • Youngstown church receives new addition

    Youngstown church receives new addition

    Monday, February 18 2019 4:32 PM EST2019-02-18 21:32:20 GMT

    The Youngstown Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown at Wick Park will receive a new addition to the church on Monday.  

    More >>

    The Youngstown Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown at Wick Park will receive a new addition to the church on Monday.  

    More >>
  • Ohio/PennsylvaniaMore>>

  • Ballpark mustard maker drops Indians' Chief Wahoo logo

    Ballpark mustard maker drops Indians' Chief Wahoo logo

    Sunday, February 17 2019 3:11 PM EST2019-02-17 20:11:12 GMT
    The maker of Cleveland's ballpark mustard is removing the Chief Wahoo logo from its branding and packaging to maintain longstanding ties with the Cleveland Indians baseball team.      Cleveland.com reports the Indians have told official partners like Bertman Foods Co., the maker of Bertman Original Ballpark Mustard, those relationships can't continue unless they stop using Chief Wahoo. The caricature is widely seen as racist and offensive to Native Americans.  &nbs...More >>
    The maker of Cleveland's ballpark mustard is removing the Chief Wahoo logo from its branding and packaging to maintain longstanding ties with the Cleveland Indians baseball team.      Cleveland.com reports the Indians have told official partners like Bertman Foods Co., the maker of Bertman Original Ballpark Mustard, those relationships can't continue unless they stop using Chief Wahoo. The caricature is widely seen as racist and offensive to Native Americans.  &nbs...More >>
  • Ohio lawmakers studying error that could ban some guns

    Ohio lawmakers studying error that could ban some guns

    Sunday, February 17 2019 3:07 PM EST2019-02-17 20:07:15 GMT
    Gun rights advocates say a mistake in an Ohio bill could inadvertently ban several types of legal guns and must be fixed.      At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and phases in pre-emption of many local firearms restrictions, among other changes.      Gun advocates say a misplaced paragraph in the bill unintentionally lumped a variety of long guns into a prohibited category. They s...More >>
    Gun rights advocates say a mistake in an Ohio bill could inadvertently ban several types of legal guns and must be fixed.      At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and phases in pre-emption of many local firearms restrictions, among other changes.      Gun advocates say a misplaced paragraph in the bill unintentionally lumped a variety of long guns into a prohibited category. They s...More >>
  • Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

    Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

    Friday, February 15 2019 7:52 PM EST2019-02-16 00:52:33 GMT
    With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they're "born" is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses.      The Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez proclaimed Friday as "Bob Born Day" in a ceremony at company offices.      Born, now 94, joined his father's candy business in 1946 and figured out a way to automate production of Peeps, which had been made by hand. T...More >>
    With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they're "born" is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses.      The Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez proclaimed Friday as "Bob Born Day" in a ceremony at company offices.      Born, now 94, joined his father's candy business in 1946 and figured out a way to automate production of Peeps, which had been made by hand. T...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms