MOUNT VERNON — It will be a long and busy night for City Council Monday, with a series of six committee meetings starting at 5:40 p.m., followed by a lengthy regular agenda.

Not on the meeting agenda, but anxiously awaited by the city engineering department, are resolutions authorizing the safety-service director to seek bids and a contract for the Pleasant Street brick restoration project, for the Coshocton Avenue water loop project and the U.S. 36/Vernedale Drive widening project.

Once council gives its approval, Engineer Brian Ball said they can get started on the projects. He said, for example, that he hoped they could get the Coshocton Avenue project done “between the fair and end of fall.”

Other issues coming up for discussion at committee meetings are:

•ANC land exchange at 6:15 p.m. No legislation is on the agenda related to this.

•EZ Abatement. At 6:30 p.m., council will consider whether to modify an existing exemption for Replex Plastics.

• At 7 p.m., council will discuss a grant the fire department has received to help pay for a new aerial ladder truck.

Also on the agenda Monday is an overdue resolution authorizing the safety-service director to enter a contract with the Knox County Public Defender Commission for the representation of indigent persons. The current public defender has not been paid for city cases because no new contract was signed after former defender Bruce Malek retired.

Other items on the agenda Monday include:

•A resolution accepting the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant of $637,728 to help with the fire truck purchase, plus a resolution authorizing a contract for the purchase.

•An ordinance fixing the number of hourly employees in the city.

•Several measures authorizing routine actions by the auditor, including making supplemental appropriations, transferring funds, paying certain bills and adopting the modified tax budget and submitting it to the county auditor.

In addition to official business, Sabrina Schirtzinger and Paul Higgins have asked to talk about the Farmers Market and the Harvest Celebration; Health Commissioner Julie Miller will give her regular update and a William S. Hampton of Danville has asked to talk about the sale and/or rental of pornography.


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




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