MOUNT VERNON — City Council should have a busy evening Monday, with five committee meetings preceding the regular council meeting.

The committee meetings start at 6:05 p.m., with Jeff Gottke’s Street and Public Buildings Committee discussing the South Main Street/Parrott Street intersection improvement project.

Mayor Richard Mavis said they found out in recent communications with the railroad that it will be ready for construction of its part of the improvement project about September, which would coincide with the city’s plans.

The city will also need some right of way from the railroad, and negotiations for that will begin immediately.

Chris Menapace’s Utilities Committee will then take over with a 15-minute session on creating a possible stormwater utility. The subject has been mentioned in the past, but no concrete measure to implement one has been started. Mavis said the city has been gathering information and he wants to keep council appraised of what they’ve learned.

At 6:35 p.m., Matt Starr’s Parks and Lands Committee will hold a 25-minute session of a proposed lease by Verizon for a communications tower site on city land near the water plant.

The issue was on the agenda for a first reading last meeting and council members had several questions about prices and potential lease agreements.

Mavis said Law Director Rob Broeren has also determined that the use of the land will have to be put out for bids.

At 6:50 p.m., the Employee and Community Relations Committee chaired by John Francis will hold a 10-minute session on charter government.

There has been talk of placing a charter issue on the ballot, but a question arose over whether it could be done this year, as the state law calls for such votes at a “regular municipal election.” Broeren’s opinion is that it could be done at the fall election.

At 7 p.m., Sam Barone’s Finance and Budget Committee will have a 15-minute session on Ohio Economic Development Revenue Refunding Bonds for Mount Vernon Nazarene University. A measure is on the agenda amending the loan agreement for a series on bonds issued by the university in 2016.

Included on the regular agenda Monday is first reading for ordinances authorizing the city to apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Revitalization Grant and a $150,000 CDBG Allocation Program grant.

The first is for the neighborhood improvement project being planned for the area roughly between Mansfield Avenue and Sandusky Street in the Second Ward; the smaller grant is to be used to complete the sidewalk on Beech Street.

Also on the agenda is final approval of a resolution authorizing the Safety-Service Director to advertise for bids and enter a contact for the South Main Street and Parrott Street intersection improvement project.

Council will deal with the final piece of employee compensation in the wake of the new collective bargaining agreements. The measure setting compensation for police and fire supervisory personnel. The measure was pulled at the last meeting to correct an error that had been found.

Three appointments are on the agenda. One confirms the appointment of Jesse Marlow to the unexpired term of Marilyn Nagy on the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee, ending Sept. 18, 2019; one confirms the reappointment of Jim Meyer to a three-year term on the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee and the other approves the reappointment of Susie Simpson to a five-year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Three resolutions authorize routine actions by the city auditor. One authorizes the payment of $3,062 (under “then and now” certification) to Specialty Outdoor Services for arbor plantings, another authorizes the supplemental appropriation of $50 donated for K-9 Unit expenses, and the other authorizes transfers between various accounts.

Resident Jason Smith has asked to speak to council about stormwater issues on North Mulberry Street and representatives of Groups Recover Together will introduce the company and explain what it does.


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




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