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Council considers change for hotels

City residents renting one room or their entire home through Internet websites will be subject to a 3 percent bed tax after city council approves legislation redefining a hotel.

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City OKs study for stormwater utility

Mount Vernon City Council is moving the city forward in its quest to establish a stormwater utility after adopting legislation that will allow administration to contract with a company for a stormwater utility study.

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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.

Voters will get charter question

Voters in the city of Mount Vernon will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to organize a charter commission after Mount Vernon City Council voted to approve an ordinance to place the question on the November ballot.

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Joshua Morrison/News Jeff Harris of the Area Development Foundation of Knox County gestures during his presentation at the annual meeting of the members and board of directors of the ADF on Monday at the B&O Depot. Harris spent 45 minutes discussing the various activities and accomplishments of 2016, and goals and objectives for 2017.

Loan program builds economy, adds jobs

An infusion of cash from the state of Ohio will help bring new jobs into downtown Mount Vernon and ultimately spur additional economic growth through the Area Development Foundation.

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Water meter upgrades ahead of schedule

What was expected to take 8-10 years is now believed to be accomplished in fewer than three years — and maybe sooner with use of multi-seasonal workers, according to Mathias Orndorf, Mount Vernon utilities director.

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Joshua Morrison/News The house at 204 E. Sugar St., remains boarded up after being labeled a public nuisance in 2017.

Resident: What’s the plan?

An East Sugar Street resident addressed Mount Vernon City Council Monday night, asking council what it intends to do about properties that have been boarded up for long periods of time by property owners or deemed public nuisances.

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