MOUNT VERNON — The question of whether the city should venture down the road of creating a city charter will be on the city council agenda again Monday, in the form of an ordinance up for second reading.

Council has been deliberate in the process, moving a step at a time and giving the public time to comment. An Employee and Community Relations Committee meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to discuss the issue.

Several other committee meetings are also scheduled. The Employee and Community Relations Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. with Susie Simpson, KAT and Health Department representatives, then again at 5:45 p.m. to hear from Health Commissioner Julie Miller and Carmen Barbuto about the Community Health Improvement Plan and also get the regular Health Department update. At the first meeting, Simpson will be talking about her new position as the county’s transportation coordinator, and the Health Department representatives about the bike and health program.

The Utilities Committee will jump in at 6 p.m. to an hour-long committee session on the possibility of implementing a Stormwater Utility, accelerating the installation of new MXUs and water meters, and water and sewer extension projects.

Ball said the measure on the agenda needs to be passed as an emergency as the old galvanized water line on Kirk Street has broken twice in the last week.

In addition to the charter ordinance, a number of resolutions are on the council agenda, including:

•Authorization for the safety-service director to enter a contract with CT Consultants for engineering design services for water and sewer extension and improvements on Woodside Dive, South McKenzie Street, Kirk Street and Clay Street.

•Authorization for the Safety-Service director to contract with Jobes, Henderson Associates for survey and engineering design services related to the Yellow Jacket Drive project.

•Resolutions authorizing the auditor to make supplemental appropriations, transfer funds between accounts and to pay past bills from 2017 and others under “then and now” certification.

•Adoption of the modified tax budget for the city for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

•Two authorizations for the safety-service director to sell by sealed bid or by trade, vehicles no longer needed for public use by the city.

•Authorization for the safety-service director to purchase a new or used one-ton dump truck for the Parks Department through the state’s cooperative purchase plan or through a dealer at a comparable price.

•Second reading of the measure authorizing bids to lease property owned by the city to construct a cellular communications tower near the water treatment plant. However, the measure is likely to be withdrawn or modified, because the city will actually be taking bids to lease the land, not to build the tower.


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




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