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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hamilton council to finalize bidding ordinance at Tuesday meeting

Hamilton council will not take on the mayor’s proposal to get rid of the local ethics board at this week’s meeting, but the yet-to-be-official proposal does have support in the body.

This week, the council will have its second reading of the new bidding ordinance, based partly on proposals from the government reform group, the Citizens Campaign. Council President Ed Gore said Mayor Kelly Yaede’s proposal to abolish the local ethics board won’t be “dead on arrival,” as urged by former Council President Kevin Meara.

The council will also vote on a resolution to have the county and local fire districts adopt similar bidding ordinances to Hamilton’s, Gore said.

In a step out of the norm, Meara announced his displeasure with the proposed dissolution of the ethics board through a press release earlier this month.

Meara also urged Gore to make sure the proposal was “DOA” once it came to council

Gore said he did not receive any official proposal from Yaede’s administration yet, but said it would likely be folded into the annual budget process. He said he would review any proposal from the mayor equally, and said he would not reject the proposal out of hand.

“I have not lost faith in the people of Hamilton Township, though I understand why they may have lost faith in their government and I believe that there is a wealth of residents with the integrity to sit on the Township Ethics Board,” he said.

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