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Youngstown council refuses to approve two consulting contracts

Published: Wed, December 2, 2009 @ 6:45 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — City council refused to approve two consulting contracts today citing a lack of communication about the requests from department heads — a complaint council members have made over the past few months.

Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, warned that if department heads don’t do a better job of informing council members about legislation before it’s on council’s agenda for a vote, “we’ll go into another mode.”

That “mode” would be to refuse to approve certain legislation, she said.

“We don’t want to go to that,” she said.

Mayor Jay Williams expressed concerns about that remark and others by some council members about department heads.

“The other mode Councilwoman Tarpley is referring to won’t be productive,” Williams said.

The mayor added: “The mode we should shift to is productivity. By shifting into a mode of not working together we’ll all find ourselves out on the street corner.”

Council’s community development agency committee will meet Monday to further discuss the two consulting contracts as well as one tabled by council Nov. 18 to hire another consultant for the city’s CDA.

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