Canal Winchester Village Council is expected to hear the first reading Monday, June 1, of legislation that could change the way council reviews professional contracts worth $25,000 or more.

Canal Winchester Village Council is expected to hear the first reading Monday, June 1, of legislation that could change the way council reviews professional contracts worth $25,000 or more.

The process by which council deals with larger professional contracts came up for discussion in February 2008 when members agreed to extend a contract with the engineering firm Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton (EMH&T) for one year rather than for a longer term. Council members said at the time this would allow village officials time to compare EMH&T to other engineering firms.

When the contract came due this year, two council members Bobbie Mershon and Bruce Jarvis said they were unprepared to vote on it and said they felt it was time for a change.

Council unanimously approved the EMH&T contract in March, but Jarvis and Mershon expressed their concerns at a committee of the whole meeting in April about approving contracts in excess of a certain dollar amount.

The EMH&T contract costs the village $4,400 monthly, or $52,800 annually.

Council's rules committee decided at its May 27 meeting that professional contracts worth $25,000 or more should be brought before committee of the whole meetings for discussion and proposed that legislation be prepared for a full council vote.

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