MOUNT VERNON — Because of the Christmas holiday, City Council will not meet until Wednesday evening.

The evening will start at 6:15 p.m. with Mike Hillier’s Streets and Public Buildings Committee meeting about trucks in the downtown area. The main subject will be a video done by Councilman Matt Starr, while riding with a trucker through the downtown area.

The subject of ways to reduce truck traffic on brick streets, which Hillier brought up at the last council meeting, will be the subject of a committee meeting in January.

That will be followed at 6:30 p.m. with a Utilities Committee meeting about the latest Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow Solid Waste District plan, which local governments have received for review and approval. A resolution approving the new plan is on the legislative agenda.

The district is required to update the plan every five years, and a majority of governments in the district have to approve the revised plan. Mayor Richard Mavis said there are no major changes in the plan, but the administration will ask only that the approval be given only first reading, so council members have time to look over the revised plan.

Then, at 6:45 p.m., the Parks and Lands Committee will receive an update on Shade Tree and Beautification activities from Chair Jim Brown.

During the legislative session, council will vote on a emergency resolution to make interim appropriations for 2019. This essentially amounts to appropriating the basic amount needed to fund the city until the permanent budget is finalized.

Three mayoral appointments are on the agenda for approval: Colleen Clarkson to the Shade Tree and Beautification Commission; Gail LaBenne to a one-year term on the Historical Review Commission; and George Curry as the citizen member of the taxicab board for a three-year term.

Council will also consider a resolution authorizing the Revolving Loan Fund agreement with the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The sale of the old Elmwood Fire Station property on Ames Street will be up for second reading. At the last meeting, council was approached by Jeff Harris, speaking for the Knox County Land Bank, who suggested turning the property over to them, but council seemed unconvinced that was a good idea since they have already rezoned it for residential use.

Council will also vote on measures authorizing the auditor to make supplemental appropriations and another making several transfers between funds.


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




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