City Council Meeting

POSTED BY: Brittany Harris
Monday, September 13, 2010 - 09:59 PM
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City Council

Zanesville City Council also has some concerns about budget matters.

Several ordinances were on the agenda Monday night regarding various renovations to the city.

Council was confused by one ordinance involving renovations to the Y-Bridge Lift Station. While the members acknowledge that updates are needed, they don't understand why they can't seek bids for the project.

"For some reason what they're telling us tonight is that that procedure doesn't apply in engineering contracts, that we get an RFQ which is a request for qualifications," said Council member David Tarbert.

He says the city typically looks for the lowest and best bidder, but in this case they are required to choose a contract prior to finding out the actual estimated cost for engineering and construction, which he says is pretty expensive. The project is estimated to cost nearly two million dollars and that doesn't include the cost of engineering.

"All through public office and especially in these tough economic times everybody's trying to cut budget, save money do whatever we can and here's a case where they essentially they put handcuffs on us and say here's what you're doing to do and here's exactly how much you have to pay," said the Council member.

The ordinance passed it's first reading. Additional meetings will take place to find out more about the project and it's details.

Council also passed ordinances with emergency clauses allowing the city to move forward with the phase two rehabilitation of the State Street bridge and to enter into a contract for the disposal of sludge from the Wastewater Plant. 

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