As deadline nears, Niles continues search for payroll funds


Time is running out to secure enough funds to pay the city’s fire department by the next payroll.

Since being warned that funds for the 27 firefighters in the financially distressed city will run out after Oct. 4, Auditor Giovanne Merlo has been working with state auditors reviewing general fund accounts.

“We don’t have the money yet,” Merlo said, “but we’re looking at moving appropriations into other general fund accounts where we can utilize them.”

Should the auditor be unsuccessful in his search for appropriations, Niles could be forced to cut personnel and services.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ralph Infante disclosed after Wednesday’s council meeting that the contract with its negotiators, the Columbus firm of Clemens Nelson, will not be renewed.

Read more about the situation in Thursday's Vindicator or on

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