MOUNT VERNON — At long last the city will be taking the final steps of annexing the 98.543-acre addition to Ariel-Foundation Park.

The city owns the property and the expanded park has been in operation for several years, but the annexation was delayed by the process of having the land re-surveyed and problems with old property descriptions corrected.

Once Council passes the ordinance to petition the county for annexation, the paperwork will be filed with the county to complete the process.

The evening will actually start Monday with a 20-minute Streets and Public Buildings Committee meeting on the Cut-through Traffic Study. This will involve the results of a test council member Matt Starr had performed by a number of high school students, measuring the time it takes to follow various routes from the south side of the city to the eastern portion of Coshocton Avenue.

That will be followed by a 20-minute session of the Utilities Committee to explain the water line construction project on Yellow Jacket Drive, the water line loop project on Venture Drive and the engineering services contract for the maintenance and repair project for the New Gambier Road underground reservoir.

Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said the reservoir is overdue for repairs, including repair or replacement of valves and check valves, checking concrete for deterioration and repairing as needed, a total inspection inside of the roof and upgrading the pumping station. The whole project will take about a year.

Authorization to seek bids for all three projects will be on Monday’s agenda.

Mayor Richard Mavis said the Yellow Jacket Drive line has been planned for some time and the planned construction of the Yellow Jacket Drive extension is an ideal time to do it.

At 6:45 p.m. the Planning and Zoning Committee will spend 15 minutes hearing comments on the proposed fines to be included in the Property Maintenance Code. The ordinance will be on the agenda for first reading.

The committee hearings will end with a 15-minute session of the Planning and Zoning Committee to discuss the proposed vacant property registry.

The ordinance is on the agenda for second reading.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• Final approval of an ordinance increasing fines for handicapped parking violations. Mavis said implementation will also involve updating the signs required for handicapped spaces.

• A resolution authorizing the adoption of the citizen participation plan for the Ohio Community Development Block Grant Program. This is an update that has to be renewed every five years and is unchanged from the last approval.

• A resolution establishing the city’s membership in the Regional Planning Commission and appointing representatives.

• A resolution approving the appointment of former Law Director William D. Smith of Mansfield Avenue as an alternate member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, filling the unexpired term of Todd Burson, which ends Aug. 19.

• First reading of an ordinance amending the Property Maintenance Code to levy fines for repeated violations.


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