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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon Richard Mavis, left, and Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels listen as Dave Carpenter updates City Council on the details and application process for hunting geese in Ariel-Foundation Park. Mavis said in his State of the City report that Mount Vernon will be facing some tough decisions in 2017.

New administrator position considered

Mayor Richard Mavis told City Council Monday night that when he and Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels came into office in 1996 they knew they wanted to consolidate the leadership of water, wastewater, collection and distribution and the billing office.

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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon will soon be closing the Elmwood Fire Station on Ames Street. The station has housed firefighters and EMTs for more than 50 years.

City sets public hearing for Elmwood fire station sale

Sale of the Elmwood fire station, the possible hiring of an assistant utilities director, regulation of low-level cell towers and council’s meeting schedule are all on Monday’s City Council agenda. Then, throw in downtown parking regulations, and it makes for an eventful evening.

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Municipal Planning Commission too full to do business

The Municipal Planning Commission was scheduled to consider a rezoning request for the recovery housing facility at 197 Mansfield Ave., but the meeting had to be postponed when the number of people attending overwhelmed the capacity of the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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Architect: 4 options available for East Knox

The facilities core group committee for East Knox Local School District spent another session Tuesday discussing the options facing the district for the renovation or replacement of the junior/senior high school.

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Joshua Morrison/News The first voters in today’s general election were lining up before 6:30 a.m., at the Station Break, 160 Howard Street, Mount Vernon. Poll workers nimbly checked voters identifications and kept the line moving. Polls remain open today until 7:30 p.m.

Running for office

Although national pundits are already looking ahead to the 2020 elections, local attention this year will be focused on city, township, village and school elections.

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Privacy fence variance denied

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday rejected the application of a Hamtramck Street property owner for a variance to allow a six-foot privacy fence around part of his property.

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