MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council held a swift meeting Monday night with only four members in attendance — Nancy Vail, Matt Starr, Jeff Gottke and Chris Menapace. A quorum was established although there were not enough members to vote to suspend the three readings rule.

Proclamations were read honoring Boy Scout Troop 339 as it celebrates its 80th anniversary Sunday at 8 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s 50th anniversary in October.

Council heard first readings on the following resolutions:

•To appoint Don Carr to the Board of Zoning Appeals for the remainder of the an unexpired term of Stephen Rhoades ending June 26, 2022;

•To make supplemental appropriations of $155,000 grant from Ariel Foundation for tree removal, stump grinding and new plantings; $56,590 grant from Ariel Foundation for MVNU Forest creation; and $14,000 to equipment from unappropriated resources for 2018.

•To authorize the following fund transfers: $5,000 from Street-Materials & Supplies to Street-Vehicle/Equipment Maintenance; $32,000 from Police-Worker’s Compensation to Police-Maintenance of Equipment; $8,000 from EMS-Equipment to EMS-Maintenance of Equipment; $1,000 from Training/Travel to Dues/Supplies; $10,000 from Sewer Reserve to Sludge Removal; $1,000 from Transfer Water Liens to County Auditor Deductions; and $1,325.51 from Bond Redemption to Bond Interest.

•To authorize safety-service director to advertise for bids for supplies and services for the water/wastewater departments including water meters, line repair supplies, station pump and fuel.

Three ordinances were postponed in order to hold public hearing:

•The rezoning of the former fire station on Ames Street from P-1 – Public, Semipublic District to R-1 – Single Family District, will return to the agenda on Oct. 8;

•The rezoning of eight parcels of land from Clinton Township RRA-Rural Residential and Agricultural District to R-1-Single Family District to Municipal R-1-Single Family District, will also be addressed on Oct. 8; and

•An ordinance redefining a “hotel” to include any property offering sleeping accommodations with one or more rooms. The old language required five or more rooms to be considered. The ordinance hotel will return on Nov. 13.

David Stuller, city treasurer, addressed council for the first time since taking office. He has completed his first week of duty. He said he worked with City Auditor Terry Scott and is “getting the feel” for the position. He commented that the city is working to collect unpaid income tax as far back as 2005.


Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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