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July 30, 2013

$260,000 needed for 18th Street improvements

Call for more discussion amid desire for quick action on improvements

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In a message to Franklin, Logansport Clerk-Treasurer Carol Sue Hayworth writes Indianapolis-based United Consulting, which did the design work for the project, has sent the city six invoices and contacted her recently requesting payment. She continues by writing the council should come to a decision on the matter as soon as possible so as to avoid jeopardizing the city’s standing with INDOT.

To attain this promptness, the legislation authorizing the city’s $260,000 is currently drafted in the form of a resolution, which would require one vote for its approval.

Logansport City Councilwoman Teresa Popejoy said she thinks a prompt response may not be the best way to go. She said she prefers appropriations to come in the form of ordinances, as they require two votes and allow for more discussion and public input.

“There was an awful lot of controversy on this,” she said, referring to last year when the city first announced plans to bring back the project. “I don’t want that stigma to reappear that we’re rushing through this.”

The council could propose an amendment that would reintroduce the legislation as an ordinance. Whether the appropriation gets approved on the spot or ends up requiring a second vote in September will be determined at the council’s monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 601 E. Broadway.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

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