|By David Skolnick, Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The 5-1 vote at the end of Wednesday's meeting came as a surprise to Councilman
Triad was among five firms that submitted proposals for the work by a
McNally says the dozen maps provided by
"Quite frankly, I don't want to spend any more money or resources than what we already did with YSU on city wards," McNally said.
Drennen said he wasn't included in any discussion about what firm would be hired, and redistricting should have been resolved at least a year ago.
"We know where the people are at," Tarpley said. "I don't want to do it ourselves, but we'll do that if we have no alternative."
The city last redistricted about 30 years ago -- its charter calls for it to be done after every decennial census -- leaving the seven wards with inequitable population ranging from 7,227 to 12,130 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. census.
Council has said it plans to have redistricting done in time for the 2015 election.
Also Wednesday, council heard from four people who spoke against the
"This is unacceptable," said
About 25 people, several with signs that read, "Danger Radioactive" pinned to their shirts, were at the council meeting.
McNally said company officials met with the fire chief and the head of the fire department's hazardous materials unit to discuss the new operations. "I'm generally satisfied" it won't be a safety issue, he said.
Also, council approved a
"A contract not in writing has a six-year statute of limitation," said city Law Director
Also Wednesday, council authorized the board of control to pay