City Council Members Say Hold The Elevator

By Maureen Mespell

January 13, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 7:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Some Fort Wayne City Council members want more input into how money is being spent for upgrades and repairs at Citizen's Square.

Last week the Redevelopment Commission voted to allocate funds towards a $1 million project to restore elevators in the recently renovated government building.

Council members Mitch Harper and John Shoaff have voiced concern over past inspections and rising costs and have now asked City Controller Pat Roller to discuss the proposal before the council.

"We want to have a good start to the next four years,” says council member Mitch Harper (R), “and that is trying to have financial information available to the public that's before the council, and that we have time to ask adequate questions on behalf of the citizens we represent."

Harper says even though the Redevelopment Commission is intended to be an independent agency funding for the civil city building should, under current city code, go before the City Council.

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