WKBN ran a short piece last night about the upcoming City Council vote on the proposed bond issue which includes funding for a City “One-stop” building. The piece suggests (as does the local rumor mill) that Councilman Al Novak will push for a vote next month when Council returns from their August break.
I assume Novak will only schedule a vote when Mayor Franklin asks for one, and that the Mayor will only ask for one when he thinks he has the six votes needed to win. It still seems close to me but the administration is putting a lot of pressure on Council to pass the $24.5 million bill, which includes $10.5 million for the building.
There are still so many unanswered questions about the one-stop portion of this bill it is hard for me to believe it will pass; but many long-time, local political observers tell me I am being naive. If you have an opinion now is the time to let your Councilperson know.
[Addendum added @ 12:31 p.m.] In this clip, Safety/Service Director Cantalamessa hints that passing the bond issue could free-up money to hire additional employees including police — something I had not heard mentioned before.]
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There will soon be a new place to eat downtown. The Courthouse Grille will open (for breakfast and lunch only) within the next week or so on North Park in the space once occupied by Jonathan’s Street Food.
Have a nice weekend. See you at the Italian Festival.