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Councilman Michael Barranda says he plans to delay introduction of ordinance for OmniSource purchase

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -- City Councilman at large Michael Barranda (R) says he plans to motion for the delay of the introduction of the ordinance for the city of Fort Wayne's purchase agreement for the old OmniSouce property.

Barranda says as it's constructed right now, he believes the contract doesn't allow for compensation from insurance companies when it comes to any remediation that needs to be done.

He says if the ordinance is formally introduced, that will prevent changes to the contract.

"What we need to do is carve out an exception to make sure that if insurance applies to clean up this property then that's used first and then taxpayer money is used next," said Barranda.

City of Fort Wayne Community Development Director Greg Leatherman says they are comfortable with the terms of the contract, and if they can prove their case then all remedies regarding insurance will be available to them down the line.

He says the city's attorney will address those questions at Tuesday's council meeting.

"We're quite confident that not only is the specific question about insurance able to be answered, I think, to the satisfaction to the majority of council, but it's our job next week to explain not only to city council but to the public why this is a good thing for the city to move forward with, and we're confident we can do that," said Leatherman.

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