MOUNT VERNON — Monday’s meeting of Mount Vernon City Council will be preceded by a public hearing on using city funds to repair the Knox Cattleman’s Dam.

Before council is a resolution that, if approved, would draw $300,000 from the city’s reserve balance fund. The money would be used for engineering and repairs to the dam, and would be recouped by the city by assessing property owners in the area of the dam for the cost of the repairs.

Letters have been sent out to 150 residents who are in the area of the dam’s watershed, and therefore could be assessed.

Because a large crowd is expected, the public hearing will be held at the Station Break. The hearing is scheduled for one hour, from 6-7 p.m., and the public will be permitted to speak.

Following the hearing, council will reconvene at 7:30 p.m. at council chambers in city hall.

Resolutions set for first reading include:

•Authorizing the safety service director to enter into a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for bridge inspections;

•Authorizing the safety service director to enter into a contract with CT Consulting Services for engineering for water/wastewater systems extensions in Buckeye Addition and Parrott Street Extension;

•Approval of recommendations of the Knox County Tax Incentive Review Council concerning businesses receiving tax exemptions. All have been recommended for approval, except for a business that is no longer in operation.

•Authorizing the safety service director to enter into a contract with ODOT for replacement gaurdrail;

•Authorizing the safety service director to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for sludge removal at the wastewater plant for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Ordinances up for second reading include:

•A resolution setting the salaries of elected officials;

•A resolution amending the city ordinances regarding penalties for violating the city’s storm water rules, specifically to allow delinquent payments to be attached to property taxes.

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