Idea to outsource Fayette planning off agenda for now
By Liz Zemba
Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A proposal to seek bids for an outside contractor to take over Fayette County's planning office was yanked off the agenda a day before it was to be discussed during a commissioners' meeting on Tuesday.
Commissioners generally hold agenda meetings on Tuesdays prior to their regular voting meetings. They decide at the agenda sessions which items will be put to a vote at the monthly meetings.
After Tuesday's agenda meeting, Chairman Al Ambrosini said he had asked that the item be placed on the agenda for discussion. Commissioner Vincent Zapotosky said he had the item removed from Tuesday's agenda meeting because he was not prepared to discuss it.
Zapotosky said his concerns include the fact the county handles zoning issues for most of its municipalities, and he needs more information regarding how such a change would affect that service.
Ambrosini on Tuesday said he might reintroduce the idea in the coming months.
He did not return phone calls on Wednesday seeking additional comment.
Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink said she first learned of the proposal when she saw it listed on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting. She said neither of the other two commissioners have spoken to her about it.
Sara Rosiek, director of the planning office, said she had no prior knowledge of the proposal.
In an email to commissioners, Rosiek asked that she be contacted before any action is taken so she can address any problems with her office.
Eight county employees work in the planning office, including Rosiek, two grant writers, two zoning officers, a secretary, a Uniform Construction Code administrator and the chief zoning officer. All but three are nonunion employees, Rosiek said.
Liz Zemba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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