MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council will likely give final word on two issues Monday night, with legislation on golf carts expected to be approved and the preferred trash hauler discussion to be officially abandoned.
Street and Public Buildings will be the first committee meeting of the night, with a 10-minute discussion from 6:25 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. on an ordinance establishing rules of the road for golf cart traffic on city streets. The ordinance is up for its third and final reading, and is expected to be amended to exclude golf carts from streets that have a posted speed limit higher than 25 miles per hour.
The last committee meeting will be Utilities, from 7:05 to 7:15, to discuss the issue of a preferred trash hauler in the city. It is expected that the city will drop any further inquiry into a preferred hauler following a meeting June 17 in which several members of council heard from three haulers active in the city. At the close of the meeting, Councilmember Chris Menapace said that he will not recommend council go forward with the issue.
Between the two meetings, a half hour Planning and Zoning meeting will be held from 6:35 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. for a chronic nuisance abatement ordinance. Councilmember Nancy Vail has requested the meeting on the ordinance, which gives police the ability to serve a nuisance violation on landlords whose tenants have been convicted of two misdemeanor offenses or one felony drug offense at the leased residence. Landlords will then have to deal with the issue, or face fines and/or a minor misdemeanor for every additional offense committed by the tenant. A suggested cure to get out of the nuisance violation includes eviction of the tenant.
Several resolutions are scheduled for reading in the legislative portion of the meeting, to begin at 7:30 p.m. Among them is a resolution to seek bids for engineering on an infrastructure upgrade to correct stormwater issues in the Clintonville subdivision.
The subdivision has a lift station that is regularly overwhelmed by storm water during heavy rains. When the lift station gets overwhelmed, it discharges the overflow — which includes sewage — into the Kokosing. These events are required to be reported to the EPA.
City Engineer Brian Ball said the project may also include installation of sidewalks in the area.
Other resolutions include:
•A resolution adopting a fair housing resolution in accordance with the federal fair housing law.
•A resolution authorizing the safety service director to advertise bids for a command vehicle for the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
•A resolution adopting the economic development plan for the city’s central business district.
•A resolution creating a complete count committee for the 2020 Census.