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Reynoldsburg councilman questions Capitol Improvements Project
When Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud presented his administration's list of summer building projects to the city council, finance chairman Ron Stake questioned the mayor's judgment.
The Capitol Improvements Project (CIP) list is a "living document intended to be realistically what we are able to fund rather than just a wish list," McCloud said.
Stake questioned why the mayor chose not to include water and sewer lines for residents of Rodebaugh Road.
The mayor said the decision was based on a "host of issues including a collective desire to put (into the CIP) additional service projects."
Furthermore, the previous administration had attempted to install water lines to Rodebaugh and the project stalled when one of the Rodebaugh residents insisted on a "lot more money for the easement," McCloud said.
"Blocked by an individual's excess request for reimbursement would be the nice way to say it," Council President William Hills said. "It certainly nixed the project."
"Does the administration desire to work it out?" Stake asked.
"I'm not against it," McCloud answered. "I am not sure what would have changed between then and now."
"My concern is, why isn't it the administration's priority to bring water to these folks?" Stake said.
In addition to water for their homes, lack of fire hydrants is also a problem, Stake said.
"Insurance rates change depending on how close you live to a fire hydrant," Stake said.
"At this point in time, it is a minor priority to this administration," McCloud said. "We can put it (into the CIP), but it is not a major priority."
"I don't feel paving a parking lot is a priority," Stake said.
"It is," McCloud answered.
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