MOUNT VERNON — City Council will have its lightest agenda in months Monday, but four committee meetings plus five resolutions and an ordinance on the agenda will extend the evening, and a restart of the vacant property registry measure will likely occupy center stage.

The committee meetings begin at 5:55 p.m. with a 20-minute executive session of the Parks and Lands Committee to discuss property acquisition.

That will be followed at 6:15 p.m. by another Parks and Lands Committee session to discuss the Main Street corridor project and the plans of the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee related to that project.

Legislation authorizing the Safety Service director to seek bids and enter a contract for the project is on Monday’s agenda.

A portion of the project is slated to begin May 6 when Smith Paving begins work on the brick crosswalks. Smith Paving will replace the curbing of the walks, then the Street Department will reset the bricks in the walks. The work is expected to last most of the week and traffic will be disrupted, but all parts of the street will be accessible from one direction or the other.

At 6:30 p.m. the Utilities Committee session will give the mayor time to explain his aims in the 3 p.m. April 24 meeting he has scheduled with the seven trash haulers with permits to operate in Mount Vernon. This will also give council a chance to express their views on some of possibilities.

The mayor has said the aim of the meeting is to “save residents money and to reduce the number of heavy trucks on city streets.”

One of the possibilities he has been looking at is a plan used in Hudson in which the city is divided into zones and then each has a day designated for collection. Residents would still have their choice of haulers.

At 6:45 p.m. the Planning and Zoning Committee has set aside 30 minutes to discuss a new version of the Vacant Property Registry. Mayor Richard Mavis said the plan is to table the existing version of the plan, which was the cause of so much confusion at the last council session, and introduce a new ordinance, with a new number, and give it a first reading Monday.

The discussion on the vacant property registry collapsed at the last council meeting when it became clear everyone did not have the same version of the proposed legislation.

The rest of the legislative side of the agenda will include:

•Authorization for the Auditor to make supplemental appropriations, including $2,569,000 for the city’s share of the Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge project and $187,000 from the Ariel Foundation for the Downtown Mount Vernon Corridor Project.

•Authorization for the auditor to transfer various funds.

•Authorization to sell a 72-inch PTO-driven mower no longer needed for public use.

•Confirmation of the mayor’s appointment of Bev Hamilton of North Main Street to the Metropolitan Housing Authority to fill the unexpired term of Dee Mickley, which expires Dec. 31.


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



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