The debate over whether or not to use a Project Labor Agreements on a $250 million Meridien, Connecticut school project has been raging for months, but it appears that it will finally be settled next Monday night. Two months ago, 1500 people turned out in favor of the PLA and last night public comments were issued.
According to the Record Journal, the resulting vote following last night’s action was a tie:
Ultimately, the committee took up the option of voting on a resolution, brought forth by Council Majority Leader Brian Daniels, which set similar goals to a PLA. Before voting took place, however, an amendment was proposed to allow City Manager Lawrence J. Kendzior to open negotiations on a PLA.
The vote on the amendment was 6-6, with Republicans Dan Brunet and Kevin Scarpati, We the People members Bob Williams and Walter A. Shamock Jr. and Democrats Matthew C. Dominello Sr. and Steve Iovanna voting against it.
With the tie vote, the amendment dies at the committee level. The resolution, however, will continue after Daniels called for a reverse roll call vote. The reverse roll call allowed Daniels, alphabetically near the top of the list, to see how it would play out and vote against his own resolution. The resolution will now allow the City Council to take up the motion at Monday’s meeting.
With the resolution to be voted on Monday, it is likely the amendment to start negotiations on a PLA will be brought up again. If the votes are even again, Mayor Michael S. Rohde will have a rare chance to decide whether or not a PLA is in the best interest of the city. Thursday night, Rohde would not say which way he would vote.