by Brent HoveyReporterAurora -- The city is in the process of creating a new master plan, and Monday night City Council discussed hiring an outside consultant.An ordinance to award a contract to Kent State University professor/land planning expert Charles Frederick was tabled.Planning-Zoning-Building Director Rich Wehrenberg, who oversees the master plan committee, said he believes hiring Frederick is a good idea.Wehrenberg said the city had problems when the current master plan was put otgether in 2997."We want someone with an outside perspective," he said. "We want to be more innovative and would like someone who can coordinate everyone together."He's worked with the city before and has done a nice job on all other projects."Councilman George Hettinger said he agreed Frede-rick would be a good hire."As one who remembers the problems we had in 1997, this is a breath of fresh air," he said. "I've worked with Charles before and he is easy to work with and open to suggestions. The 1997 plan was so specific we couldn't change anything without controversy."The contract for Fredrick is estimated at $39,150. Council President Jim Fisher called the proposed $50/hour salary a "reasonable amount, especially for someone who is knowledgeable about the city."The contract will be on second reading at Council's Feb. 12 meeting.Meanwhile, Council approved the 2007 contract for a public defender, who will get $80 each time he or she is needed, the same fee as last year. The person comes from the public defender commission and provides legal services to indigent defendants who are charged with offenses under city ordinances. Law Director Alan Shorr said a defender was only used twice last year.E-mail: bhovey@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 Ext. 3115