EAST LIVERPOOL - Several pieces of legislation aimed at furthering pending projects and acquisitions were reviewed during a meeting Tuesday of the finance committee, which forwarded them for city council's consideration.
An ordinance authorizing a contract for engineering services with JEO Consulting Group Inc., was among those forwarded to council.
The engineering is for an electrical upgrade project at the water treatment plant, which water Superintendent Tim Clark called a "win-win situation," since it will result in a hefty energy savings once completed.
Asked by committeeman Ryan Stovall if there are any energy conservation grants available to help with the cost of the project, Clark said AEP Ohio is expected to provide $75,000 toward the cost.
Council will also be asked to consider two ordinances that will replace legislation previously approved.
One ordinance authorizes the city to enter a contract for the lease-to-purchase of two new 20-yard rear load packers for the Refuse/Recycling Department and the other authorizes a contract for the lease-to-purchase of radio equipment for safety forces and other departments.
Previously, council had agreed to secure loans to purchase the vehicles and radios, but it has been found that a lease option will offer a better rate, according to Chairman Sherrie Curtis.
An ordinance authorizing a contract with Diorio Paving Inc., for resurfacing parts of West Fourth Street, St. Clair Avenue and Eutaw Street was also sent for council's consideration, with planning Director Bill Cowan provided figures showing the total cost of the project at $223,966.
Of that amount, $96,797 will be for Eutaw; $66,374 for West Fourth; and $60,794 for St. Clair.
Council will also be considering an ordinance authorizing a loan for the Eutaw portion of the project, which will be repaid with revenue from a street levy voters recently approved but which will not be collected on until next year.
Cowan explained that the West Fourth Street portion will be paid with Community Development Block Grant funds and St. Clair by the water department.
Finally, the committee sent on to council three ordinances that had to be amended from previous ones, including one authorizing the auditor's office to pay equal shares of the deputy service-safety director's salary and benefits from the street and refuse/recycling departments rather than the general and R&R funds as previously approved.
A second ordinance authorized amending appropriations to reflect the change in department funding for the position.
Finally, council will be considering an ordinance that needs a typographical error corrected pertaining to longevity pay for employees.
Curtis mentioned at the meeting that the last council meeting "got a tad out of hand" when members of the public began chastising Cowan by name when council rules forbid mentioning names in such cases.
She asked that the appropriate committee investigate whether or not the council president needs to add to his instructions for public comment a reminder that no names can be mentioned.
Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, changed from the normal Monday session due to the Labor Day holiday.