Support for the project seems to be eroding. Before casting his yes vote, Alderman Bart Delaney (Fifth Ward) said he was doing so because he wanted to see the new design based on the recommendations of the value engineering, and Alderman Rick Rector (First Ward) said he was voting yes "with lots of reservations." Alderman Henry Haddad (Third Ward), however, prefaced his yes vote by reminding his colleagues that, if the Council were to abandon this plan, OCA (Office of Court Administration) would build a facility for the court only, at the City's expense, which would not accommodate the police department and was certain to cost more than the project currently proposed, and the City would not be able to offset any of the expense with the sale of the current police and court buildings on Warren Street.
The aldermen voting against the resolution were Donahue, Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward), Alexis Keith (Fourth Ward), and Abdus Miah (Second Ward). Voting in favor of it, in addition to Delaney, Rector, and Henry Haddad, were Council president Don Moore and aldermen John Friedman (Third Ward) and Nick Haddad (First Ward). Alderman Ohrine Stewart (Fourth Ward) was absent from the meeting.
To be continued . . .
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