November 20, 2014

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Lorain mayor vetoes Pipe Yard payments

LORAIN — Payment for repairs at the Pipe Yard that are part of a dispute between Mayor Tony Krasienko, Auditor Ron Mantini and City Council were vetoed today by Krasienko.

Krasienko

Krasienko

Krasienko, who accuses Mantini of altering documents to prevent the payment being made with economic development money, denied his accusations and the veto were political sour grapes.

“Projects dealing with the operation of the city have been blocked, stalled and tabled under the guise of ‘we need to wait for the new administration to come in,’ but Lorain’s needs are now and delay costs progress and money,” Krasienko wrote in a veto letter to Council. “The political games and obstruction are not coming from this administration but clearly being executed on it.”

The earliest Council could meet to attempt to override the veto is Aug. 15.

The Council, which is on summer break, isn’t scheduled to meet again until Sept. 6.

Read Friday’s Chronicle for more on this story.