September 18, 2013 | LXXIII, No. 25

Grudgingly, Elmer City OKs project

Two issues that came out of the Regional Board of Mayors has cleared all four community councils, but not without some tough comment from Elmer City.

Elmer City, meeting last Thursday night, finally cleared a seven-quarter contract with URS, the mayors’ engineering firm. The second issue, a repair job at the dump site at the transfer station, got a lot more attention.

This issue introduced by Mayor Mary Jo Carey brought a comment by her that “I wouldn’t vote for it.”

At the mayors meeting, which she chairs, two of her council members attended, Don Bonertz and Larry Holford.

They asked a lot of questions, declared it was an engineering problem and said the people shouldn’t have to cough up more than $18,000 to repair it.

This after Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands explained that a lot of the damage was done by the transfer station’s own backhoe. That didn’t satisfy the contingent from Elmer City.

A week later the Elmer City group was no kinder to the idea. Holford was critical of the transfer station only getting a single bid, from Young’s Welding in Electric City. The transfer station had tried twice to get bidders interested in the project, to no avail.

Bonertz said he would probably go for it, but that “it was an engineering problem.”

Gray & Osborne, the Regional Board of Mayors’ engineering firm, prepared the plans for the overall transfer station.

In the end, the council voted to accept the bid and project with a special caveat: that was hereafter the mayors’ group get a minimum of three bids on projects.

The mayors bylaws require that all four councils approve decisions. Earlier in the week, Electric City’s council had voted to approve, leaving only Elmer City’s decision.

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