MOUNT VERNON — The city can finally wrap up the project to reclaim the American National Can property and begin the process of finding tenants.
City Council Monday approved the ordinance authorizing the safety-service director to purchase, for $1, the ANC property. As has been noted before, the city will receive about 16 acres where the flood levies and drainage systems are located, while the rest of the approximately 44 acres will be available for development.
City Engineer Brian Ball has found a candidate to fill the position of assistant to the city engineer, which is being vacated by Tim Tyson on Jan. 3, 2017. Council was asked to approve pay for a temporary position in December, during which the new hire will learn about the position while working with Tyson. When the new person moves into the assistant’s job, the temporary position will cease to exist.
Council approved emergency resolutions reappointing Nancy Vail to the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Susan Kahrl to the board of directors of the Heritage Centre Association, George Curry to the Taxicab Board and Marilyn Nagy to the Shade Tree and Beautification Commission.
Council gave emergency approval to resolutions authorizing the city auditor to pay some late-arriving bills, to transfer some funds between accounts and make supplemental appropriations for additional money that has come into city accounts.
Council also approved an emergency resolution authorizing the sale of 12 pallets of filter sand no longer needed by the Utilities Department.
Second reading was given to an ordinance restructuring the city Water/Wastewater Appeals Board. A second reading was also given to a resolution to purchase three new police cruisers, as well as a resolution to enter a contract for engineering design services with CT Consultants for services related to the Coshocton Avenue waterline loop project and for services related to future improvements to the Parrott Street/South Main Street intersection.
Prior to the regular meeting, council met in a committee session with Fire Chief Chad Christopher to be brought up to date on the plans for including Liberty Township in the city’s fire and EMS coverage.
Christopher emphasized that any agreement to add territory must benefit both parties, as this will also benefit Mount Vernon by improving fire and EMS coverage for the city.
Council also asked about the state of talks with the College Township Fire Department. Mayor Richard Mavis said he and Christopher have met with representatives of College Township, Kenyon College, the village of Gambier and Monroe Township about the possibility of reaching an agreement with the city, but Mavis explained that this was done at the request of College Township as they look at options for a long-term solution to providing fire and EMS coverage for the area.
After the meeting, Janis Seavolt took the opportunity to praise the work of the Knox County Board of Elections to have the vote count done by 9 p.m.
Nancy Vail said the Junior ROTC students at Knox County Career Center will place wreaths from Wreaths Across America on the graves of veterans at Mound View Cemetery if they can raise about $7,500 by Nov. 21. To contribute, send checks made out to Wreaths Across America to Chief Cox at the Knox County Career Center, 306 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.