GREEN As part of its recent agreement with NEXUS Gas, the city has appropriated $200,000 in funding for contractual services related to the pipeline project, which is currently underway.

Council President and Finance Committee Chairman Chris Humphrey said this funding, which Council passed as part of a resolution modifying $236,000 in appropriations within certain funds, including the $200,000 NEXUS agreement-related outlay, will be used to hire experts in various disciplines to oversee the pipeline project on the city’s behalf. The agreement, Humphrey said, calls for such an expenditure to hire experts in various disciplines to oversee the pipeline project on the city’s behalf. 

"One of the advantages to having this agreement is that if they see something outside the project parameters, it allows us to go back to court," he said. "Otherwise, we would have to file a new action and by that time the pipe could be in the ground."

Mayor Gerard Neugebauer added that language in the agreement holds Nexus accountable as a company, rather than individual employees.

Councilman Stephen Dyer asked if any of the appropriated funds were going toward legal fees and if a lawsuit itself could stop work on the pipeline. Law Director Diane Calta confirmed that the $200,000 would only be spent on consultants related directly to the construction of the pipeline, not attorneys, and that only a court order could potentially force NEXUS to halt construction activities.

Other action

- Council members also approved a resolution to enter into a sister cities agreement with Beius, Romania, to establish an economic, cultural, and youth exchange program between the cities.

- Beius-born Valentin Tent, pastor at the Romanian Baptist Church at 1243 Boettler Road, helped spearhead the program and gave a presentation on his native city prior to the vote.

- Four zoning related pieces of legislation were also passed, including an ordinance changing the zoning of four acres of land on St. Andrews Court from R-2 multifamily to PD planned development and accepting the conceptual site plan for the Chenoweth Crossing planned development; an ordinance changing the zoning classification of a three-acre parcel of land on Robins Trace, a public roadway, from R-2 multi-family residential to R-1 single family residential; a resolution accepting the final plat for Kings Ridge Phase 8; and a resolution accepting the replat of the CAK International Business Park.