MOUNT VERNON — City Council will have a busy evening Monday, starting with a Finance and Budget Committee meeting at 5:25 p.m. on the impact of the closing of Siemens’ local operation.

Mayor Richard Mavis said Auditor Terry Scott has been working to assess the impact of the closing on city revenue.

“We can come up with a decent estimate on the financial impact of the loss of 325 or more jobs by September, but it’s harder to estimate the potential loss from taxes on corporate profits,” he said. “The lost jobs will probably result in about a 5 percent loss of revenue.”

Estimated total revenue loss could amount to anything from about $625,000 to $1 million, he said.

One of the areas where changes could come because of the closing is the city’s street paving program, which will be one of the subjects discussed at the 5:40 p.m. meeting of the Streets and Public Buildings Committee.

City Engineer Brian Ball said the paving plan will be on the agenda for first reading, but changes could be made to the program. Other subjects to be discussed are authorization to hire a consultant for Edgewood Road, the brick streets program, the remodeling of the Plaza Building and contracting for the repair of catch basins along West High Street and Coshocton Avenue (Ohio 36), which the state will be paving this summer.

Ball said more than 60 catch basins along that route need repair. Although many are minor repairs, the Street Department cannot get all of them done on time, so Ball said they came up with a plan that will have the Street Department doing the basins on West High Street (at least seven, maybe more) and United Aggregates doing the 53 on Coshocton. If the street crews have time, they will do more.

At the Plaza building, they’re getting ready to start working on the new offices for the law director.

After 20 minutes for that discussion, the Finance and Budget Committee will discuss resolutions on the agenda for buying or selling vehicles and/or equipment in the parks, cemetery and street departments.

From 6:25 to 6:45 p.m., the Finance and Budget Committee will hold an executive session to get a report on the progress of collective bargaining negotiations, and to discuss compensation of personnel in the Probation Department.

The final public meeting, at 6:45 p.m., is a 30-minute session of the Planning and Zoning Committee to discuss proposed changes in the address and sign codes. Development Services Manager Lacie Blankenhorn will repeat the report she gave to the Planning Commission on Thursday evening on the changes proposed in the code.

In addition to the authorization for the street paving program, 17 resolutions are on the council meeting agenda. They include:

•Authorization for the safety-service director to contract with Higgins Construction for the renovation of second floor office space in the Plaza Building.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to contract with Carpenter Marty Transportation for engineering services, traffic study, etc., related to the Edgewood Road corridor project.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to purchase a new 3/4-ton dump truck for the Parks Department through the state’s Cooperative Purchase Plan.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to sell by sealed bid or trade a vehicle no longer needed by the city.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to purchase a new tractor with mower for the Parks Department.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to purchase a new tractor with loader for the Cemetery Department.

•Approving the appointment of Susie Simpson as a member and Don Carr as an alternate member of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

•Approving the appointment of Sam Filkins to the Board of Property Maintenance Appeals.

•Two resolutions authorizing the safety-service director to sell by sealed bid or trade-in property not needed for public use by the city.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to purchase two new one-ton pickup trucks for the Street Department.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to purchase a new four-ton asphalt buggy for the Street Department.

•Authorization for the city to enter a contract with United Aggregates for work on Ohio 36.

•Authorization for the auditor to make supplemental appropriations.

•Two measures authorizing the city auditor to pay bills.

•Authorization for the city auditor to transfer certain funds.

 

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

 

 

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