MOUNT VERNON — An ordinance to create a position of assistant director of public utilities has been pulled from Monday’s City Council agenda.

The measure was to have been discussed in a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., but Mayor Richard Mavis said the administration is still working on a full report of changes in environmental protection reporting and licensing requirements, as well as the actual job description.

The Employee and Community Relations Committee will still conduct a committee meeting at 6:30 p.m., but will focus on legislation changing the positions of utility operations foreman and assistant foreman to crew chief and assistant crew chief.

The changing of the foreman and assistant foreman position to crew chief and assistant crew chief was approved by the Civil Service Commission last week.

Also coming to council for the first time Monday is an ordinance regulating “electronic smoking devices.” The devices, also known as e-cigarettes or vaping, would be treated the same as regular tobacco products and incorporated into the smoking regulation ordinance.

Mavis said the plan is to just give the measure a first reading and schedule a public meeting for the next council session, because Law Director Rob Broeren will not be at Monday’s session.

Two public hearings will be held by the Planning and Zoning Committee. At 6:45 p.m. they will her public comments on the rezoning of 215 Ames St., the former Elmwood Fire Station, and at 7 p.m. on the rezoning of property at the intersection of Ohio 13 and Commerce Drive that was annexed for the intersection improvement project.

Several items that were on the agenda Sept. 24, but could not be given final passage because not enough members were present to suspend the rules and pass them as emergencies, are on Monday’s agenda.

These include:

•A resolution approving the appointment of Don Carr to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

•A resolution authorizing the auditor to make supplemental appropriations.

•A resolution authorizing the auditor to transfer certain funds.

•A resolution authorizing the Safety-Service Director to advertise for bids and contract for equipment, materials, supplies and services for the Water Treatment and Distribution operations.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

•Additional resolutions authorizing the auditor to make more supplemental appropriations, most from tree-planting grants.

•Authorizing the Safety-Service Director to sell by absolute auction or scrap a fire vehicle no longer needed.


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



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