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City council members and the mayor engaged in a sometimes heated debate about a grass-cutting and property-cleanup program that included accusations of racial bias and preferential treatment to certain wards.

In 2002, Jay Williams, Youngstown’s former community development director and former mayor, along with Youngstown State University and an urban development firm out of Toronto, Canada created a plan to set Youngstown on a path to fully realizing its downsize, embrace it and move forward with a positive outlook.

City council will consider legislation Wednesday to repeal and replace the property-maintenance code and laws regarding demolition and unsafe buildings, but little actually will change, city officials say.

Dominion East Ohio today presented $110,000 in grants to 12 winning community organizations in its 20th annual Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored with Inside Business Magazine.

Last year, with three kids and another on the way, Jonathan Ellis and his wife were in serious need of a new home.