FREDERICKTOWN — A downtown plan has Fredericktown a year and a half ahead of the curve for revitalization efforts, and there are two local non-profit organizations ready to help.

Lisa Lloyd, Knox County Foundation (KCF) program manager and Jeff Gottke, Area Development Foundation (ADF)/Knox County Land Bank vice president, visited with Fredericktown Council Monday to offer their support getting the village’s downtown revitalization plan underway. Gottke noted that Fredericktown is the only municipal entity in Knox County with a revitalization plan in place.

“You are about a year and a half ahead of the other municipalities (because) you have a revitalization plan,” Gottke said. Gottke said that most other municipalities do not have an approved revitalization plan in place, and getting one drafted and finalized takes around 18 months.

Gottke said the ADF can assist with technical support, such as reviewing grant applications and identifying funding sources. The ADF’s role can include helping prioritize and implement the goals in the plan, Gottke said.

Lloyd said that the KCF is putting funds aside for municipalities to assist with projects like those in the plan. The funds can be used to leverage grant dollars, or fund small projects.

The KCF is the same organization formerly known as the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, just under a new name. The name change reflects the foundation’s desire to “be more all-inclusive for Knox County,” Lloyd said.

Gottke suggested the village prioritize green space development as suggested by the plan as a short-term goal. He said the village is already making progress on goals in the plan regarding signage.

In other business, Gottke spoke briefly on the land bank and Fredericktown. Gottke said the land bank has met with village representatives and has a list of “a dozen, a dozen and a half” properties that the land bank may be able to address.

Also Monday, council re-elected James Hobson as council president pro tempore. As council president, Hobson will conduct meetings in the event of Mayor Jerry Day’s absence.

Councilmember Ryan Shoemaker said he has presented council with copies of inoperable vehicle ordinances from other municipalities and hopes council will soon draw up legislation for a similar ordinance.

Village Administrator Bruce Snell said village crews have repaired a sunken manhole at Second and Chestnut streets. The manhole will be marked off by orange cones until the new concrete cures, Snell said.

Snell further said that leaves will be collected only if bagged. The village is no longer collecting leaves, but the village will contact a local farmer who uses the leaves on his fields. To arrange for pick-up, contact the village, and the village will contact the farmer.

The village is currently collecting Christmas trees, Snell said.

Council went into executive session for acquisition of property, and asked Gottke to remain. No action was taken.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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