Friday, December 15, 2000

Lebanon generator deal likely to stand

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The city's first industrial park tenant will get its power and the city manager will keep his job, it appears.

        Council held an emergency session Thursday night to authorize buying fuel for a generator that City Manager James Patrick rented Monday to power Franklin Brazing, a Mason company that's moving to the city-owned Columbia Business Park. The city has not yet provided electric service.

        Franklin Brazing, meanwhile, needs to start production first thing in January, Mr. Patrick told council members in an informal work session Monday night.

        However, after the generator's price turned out to be much higher than council had been told — as much as $30,000 for the rental and fuel compared with $5,500 total — the city attorney advised it could be illegal not to bid it.

        Council members told Mr. Patrick on Monday not to rent a generator — and told him to return any one already rented.

        Mr. Patrick did not mention he had signed a contract for the generator earlier in the day. Tuesday morning he ordered it hooked up.

        “It is not at all fair to the citizens in town to have them pick up the tab,” Councilman James Reinhard said.

        But after council held an executive session Tuesday and the attorney said Thursday the deal is legal — as long as the cost of the generator and transportation stay below $15,000 — several other members said Mr. Patrick had done nothing wrong.

        “Mr. Patrick did exactly what the council told him to do,” Councilwoman Jane Davenport said.


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