Joshua Morrison/News Members of City Council met Monday for the first time in 2018. From left, Sam Barone, First Ward; John Francis, Second Ward; Nancy Vail, Third Ward; Bruce Hawkins, president; Janis Seavolt, At-Large; Matt Starr, At-Large; Jeff Gottke, Fourth Ward; and Chris Menapace, At-Large.

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MOUNT VERNON — City Council will continue its discussions on several significant issues Tuesday, including the proposed property registry, “vaping” and parking regulations in the central business district.

Council meets Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Veterans’ Day holiday.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a Planning and Zoning meeting on the property registry, followed at 6:20 p.m. by a Streets and Public Buildings session on the parking regulation,

Planning and Zoning will convene again at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the vaping measure and the Parks and Lands Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. to discuss low-level cell towers.

That will be followed at 7 p.m. with a public hearing on a proposed change in the Transient Occupancy Tax (better known as the “bed tax”). The change would extend the bed tax to businesses with only one rental unit.

The vaping measure was introduced with a provision to ban the sale of electronic smoking devices to “young adults,” (those between 18 and 21 years of age), but after initial conversations at council, the provision banning sales to young adults was removed. Mayor Richard Mavis said the city has received a letter from a group advocating raising the age for tobacco sales to 21.

The Law Director adjusted the ordinance to make the vaping law consistent with tobacco laws first, then they can consider the 21 standard later.

Both the vaping measure and the ordinance revising the bed tax application are on the agenda for final approval.

On the agenda for first reading is a measure implementing the recommendation made last month by Mavis to cut the hours the parking limits are enforced in the Downtown Business District from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday instead of Monday through Saturday.

An ordinance regulating the placement of “small cell technology” in public rights of way is on the agenda for second reading. Mayor Mavis said the city has received a letter from AT&T Services objecting to several revisions in the ordinance and Mavis said council will likely discuss those objections Tuesday.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include:

•Second reading of an ordinance to accept the vacation of an undeveloped portion of Riley Street and two partial undeveloped alleys in the Elmwood Place subdivision.

•Resolutions authorizing the auditor to make certain fund transfers an another to authorize supplemental appropriations.


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




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