MOUNT VERNON — City police started charging offenders under state code instead of city ordinances Thursday night, Police Chief Roger Monroe reported Friday at the city’s weekly press briefing.
Monroe said the average person being cited for an offense will not notice any difference in what happens.
The change is due to the decision by the city to no longer contract with the county for housing city prisoners at the jail. The current contract expires at the end of June.
Monroe said non-jailable offenses may still be cited under city ordinances. It may also happen in cases where an offense is covered under city ordinances, but not under the state code.
Superintendent Dave Carpenter said solar lights have been installed to light the refurbished “Welcome” sign a the intersection of Harcourt Road and Columbus Avenue.
Carpenter said most commercial system he found were expensive, so he worked with a local electrician and was able to install a system that cost about $300 and should last about five years.