For­mer mayor de­cides against Crown Point con­sult­ing con­tract

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Rob Earn­shaw Post-Tri­bune

After ini­tially agree­ing to the deal, for­mer Crown Point Mayor James Met­ros has de­cided against tak­ing a $70,000, one-year con­sult­ing gig with the city.

At the end of 2018, the city’s Board of Works ap­proved a task-ori­en­tated con­tract with Met­ros’ J & M Con­sult­ing to as­sist the city and the mayor’s of­fice as well as work­ing with out­side de­vel­op­ers re­gard­ing the town’s growth.

The po­si­tion of­fered no ben­e­fits and was based on task — if things slowed down in the city, so would the con­tract. It would not have ex­ceeded $70,000.

At the Jan. 9 Board of Works meet­ing, how­ever, Mayor David Uran an­nounced that Met­ros, after dis­cus­sion with his fam­ily, de­cided he would not be able to ful­fill the terms of the con­tract.

Met­ros is a mu­nic­i­pal man­ager for Repub­lic Ser­vices.

“I thought we had a pretty good op­por­tu­nity there,” Uran said. “I was dis­ap­pointed he had a change of heart. Our of­fice will look to see if we can ful­fill that po­si­tion an­other way.”

Uran said that when he be­gan his first term as mayor 12 years ago the city had an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor. But based on his own bank­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and work­ing with res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial growth, Uran said he saved the city “a ton of money” by do­ing it by him­self. But with the growth of the city and more de­mands put on the depart­ment heads, it was be­com­ing a daunt­ing task.

The city is un­der­go­ing ma­jor projects in­clud­ing devel­op­ments in the In­ter- state 65 and U.S. Route 231 cor­ri­dors, a new City Hall and po­lice sta­tion, a new wa­ter sys­tem and is still fin­ish­ing up the down­town’s new Bull­dog Park.

“We don’t want any­thing to fall through the cracks,” Uran said. “Hav­ing some­one with mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and know­ing how to at­tract eco­nomic growth and who knew the his­tory of our com­mu­nity was im­por­tant so we can con­tinue at this pace.”

Uran said some­thing with Met­ros could be re­vis­ited down the road but they will move for­ward to ful­fill the role.

Uran said Met­ros has been a big part of his suc­cess in Crown Point and that they con­sis­tently had a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship.

Rob Earn­shaw is a free­lance re­porter.

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