It was 'use it or lose it' for $100,000 of grant money to get sidewalk and street work completed on Washington Avenue, so Nancy Ames used a way around the "real and present emergency" to save the money and get work done.
She says City Engineer Tom Day found an Ohio law that allows council to contract for the work, with a supermajority vote. Ohio Revised Code 735.051 allows this workaround, with the phrase "real and present emergency."
Ames says the city had requested bids for the contract, but none came in, but one contractor expressed both continued interest in the job...and regret that he allowed to it "fall through the cracks" earlier.
She believes there is enough time left in the season to get the sidewalk and street work completed - on a street that ward representative Pat Patrick says is walked often by users of the Transit System.
The $100,000 project would use two Community Development Block grants.
And, Council almost dejectedly voted to pay their insurance deductible, for their share of a lawsuit lost to a tasered Law Enforcement Center inmate.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils