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Clean-up controversy in Bridgeport

Updated: Friday, May 16 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio – On Thursday evening, we brought you a report of how the Mayor of Bridgeport planned to take matters into his own hands involving the village’s clean-up day.
On Thursday evening, NEWS9’s Ryan Elderedge caught up with some members of city council who say that's not the case.
"It has to be his way or it's not going to get done or he puts blocks in front of us to do anything for the Village," Councilwoman Corole Lyle said. “
Bridgeport Mayor John Callarik said the head of the committee asked him to take over the Cleanup Day, which was supposed to happen weeks ago.
Lyle said the only thing the Mayor was asked to do was sign a contract that was approved by council. In fact, they say the mayor was asked to step aside this year because of last year's clean-up.
“I guess I didn't handle it right or something so I said fine, ‘you handle it,’ " Callarik said. “So I turned it over to them.”
Bridgeport Councilman Marvin Husarik said what the mayor did last year was unlawful.
“Last year he went into contract with Republic and that was an illegal move by his part,” Husarik said. “That should have been done by council. Council did not approve that."    
Callarik says he actually brought money in last year, a claim that was also disputed by members of council.
“What he failed to say is when Republic came in, we gave them some of our equipment, our dump truck, our packer and personnel to aid somebody that bid a contract. This money alluded to approximately
 $10,000 extra on top of the $7,300, so you're looking at about $17,000 it cost us for clean-up."
The committee apologized for how late this clean-up is taking place. They say it was a matter of due diligence. The mayor also apologized, saying the delays were caused by the committee.
Despite all of this, the clean-up will take place next week on May 28-30.
Officials are asking that you have your things out by May 27.

Clean-up controversy in Bridgeport

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