As a concerned citizen and council member elect, I have a few points that I would like the current council to consider prior to proceeding with their third vote regarding the Brittain Motor Relocation Project.
I. Emergency Ordinance.
A) No Prior Discussion.
B) Preliminary Investigation.
1) Affordability of Engineering.
2) Idea of cost of engineering.
3) Idea of cost of ROW.
4) Written or verbal proposal to Powers Family.
C) Knowledge of Townships Status.
1) Timetable of extension north on state Route 170.
2) Combination of funds or efforts.
3) Additional benefits to city and residents on state Route 170.
The proposed emergency ordinance has been offered without prior discussion nor preliminary investigation to a few key points that could prove very relevant to the city financially. According to the proposed ordinance Section 2 the law director is asking for authorization of the city manager to "execute said contracts for specialized professional services without advertising and competitive bidding."
Regardless of what little time may be necessary to advertise for engineering services, the council should not agree to allow the city manager to "execute" any contracts for any services until council has exact knowledge of cost to the people of East Palestine.
Furthermore, it has been assumed that the purchasing of an easement from the Powers family will be necessary in order to construct this project as proposed by the city manager. To date, this council has not been informed of this cost, nor has the Powers family been formally solicited as to what they may be asking for the right of way (ROW).
Regarding this project, it should also be brought to the council's attention that the township has been successful in securing funds to provide at least a portion of the utilities from their termination point on state Route 170 to the same proposed site. The timetable is important and should at least be discussed before this ordinance is passed. A combination of funds and efforts in connection with the already secured funds of the township may prove beneficial to the city. This proposed route may also provide benefits to residents along the route as well as the city as it relates to future development in the area north of East Palestine.
In closing, I wish that the council members, the city manager, Tom Brittain as well as the citizens of East Palestine understand that I am totally in favor of the completion of this project. I am, however, not in favor of spending taxpayer money for services that may not be necessary prior to adequate preliminary investigation.