MOUNT VERNON — A controlled goose hunt at Ariel-Foundation Park and the possible creation of a stormwater utility in the city return to center stage Tuesday as City Council tries to wrap up business for the year.

Council will resume its discussion of the possible use of a stormwater utility at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday. The Utilities Committee began the discussion at the Dec. 12 meeting and it was clear there were still questions to be discussed.

There is no legislation before council yet, but Mayor Richard Mavis has noted that stormwater work diverts street funds away from paving and other needed work.

A controlled goose hunt to thin the flock of geese at Ariel-Foundation Park was also discussed on the 12th and has not been resolved. Park workers have not found another satisfactory method of reducing the population, and hunting is recommended by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as the best means of population control; it is also reported that council is being heavily lobbied by opponents of hunting.

The goose hunt discussion will begin at 6:55 p.m. and last 20 minutes. The ordinance authorizing the hunt is on the regular meeting agenda for third reading.

In between those committee meetings, council will hold a short (10 minute) discussion on applying for a $500,000 grant for security improvements at the Plaza Building. Authorization to seek the grant is on the council agenda for first reading, although it is written with a emergency clause.

Also on the evening’s agenda is a resolution adopting an interim budget for the coming year, keeping the city operating until council can go through the full budget approval process in January.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include;
•First reading of an ordinance making permanent the local truck route on South Sandusky Street from the intersection of West High Street to the intersection with West Ohio Avenue and continuing on West Ohio to South Mulberry Street.

•The annual resolution establishing Mount Vernon as a member of the Regional Planning Commission and naming Nancy Vail as the regular member and John Booth as the alternate member, with Mavis representing the city planning commission on the R.P.C. Citizen members are John Owens and Terry Steinmetz, and Brian Ball is an alternate.

•First reading of a resolution granting an easement in the city right-of-way on Blackberry Alley to the building at 112 N. Main St.

•A resolution authorizing the Safety-Service Director to trade in various items no longer needed while obtaining new equipment.

•Resolutions authorizing the city auditor to make supplemental appropriations of recently acquired funds and to pay certain bills, plus a resolution authorizing various fund transfers.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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