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Stormwater, armory top issues for Meadville City Council

Submitted Thu, 10/04/2012 - 8:47am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE — The Meadville City Council meeting last night was a long and somewhat heated one, with council members addressing a number of important topics.

After hearing a few public comments on the stormwater program, the meeting began with the formality of swearing in Assistant City Manager Andy Walker, who will also be filling the role of the new City Clerk.  Meanwhile retired City Clerk Janet Niedermeyer was sworn back in, in a part-time capacity, as Deputy Clerk.

After that council unanimously passed the stormwater user fee ordinance, which will result in an average annual bill to residents of 90 dollars.

City officials got some bad news from architect Ashley Porter about the status of the Armory relocation project.  Due to some issues with bids coming back higher than expected and other unforeseen expenses, the cost of the project has jumped around 155-thousand dollars from the previous estimates, putting the total cost of the armory project at almost two-and-a-half million dollars.  When the project was first given the go-ahead, the city expected to pay only around one-point-seven million.

Council then approved a ten-thousand-dollar management fee to be collected by the Redevelopment Authority for its role as landlord of the city-owned Kepler Building on Market Street, and set procedures for the Authority to follow when using city funds to make repairs and renovations for tenants.

The meeting concluded with a brief discussion of a proposal to implement more restrictive smoking rules for city workers in the new building.

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