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Peterson, Ballard may be at odds over water contract

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John Cochran, transition chairman John Cochran, transition chairman

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Marion County - Mayor-elect Greg Ballard is attending mayor school at Harvard, but his transition team is working in Indianapolis to make sure everything goes smoothly when he takes the oath of office in January.

Ever since Ballard won the November election, we have heard the same disclaimer: He has no experience when it comes to politics. That said, how is the transition going?

"I think he has called on very capable people with experience, decades of experience in government," said John Cochran, transition chairman.

Former City-County Council member Toby McClamroch is leading Ballard's public safety transition team. Pat Kiely is leading the Capital Improvement Board team and former state Secretary of Commerce Mickey Maurer is leading the waterworks committee.

"High profile individuals who add immediately add credibility," said Joe Loftus, former deputy mayor during the Goldsmith administration, is the transition director which includes 24 teams and 150 volunteers.

One of the things Ballard is asking the current administration to do is let the incoming administration take a look at major contracts that binds the city for multiple years.

For example, the incoming Ballard administration has asked the Peterson administration to delay a $120 million bond issue for Veolia Water which is before the Water Board on Monday - but so far no luck.

The Peterson administration says the capital improvements for the water system has been in the works for a year and half and a spokesperson for the mayor said, "That request was not forwarded on to the administration."

"I think it would be prudent to wait on that. The members of the executive committee has recommended the city hold off on that," said Cochran.

Current employees are also being encouraged to reapply for their old jobs if they would like to stay. Anyone can apply online beginning Monday.

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