Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News

MOUNT VERNON — The city will have a draft of the stormwater utility for Mount Vernon City Council Monday.

Mayor Richard Mavis said Friday that the city is preparing the draft, which he hesitated to call legislation.

“You could call it a quasi-draft,” Mavis said. “We expect it to be tweaked by council, we’ve tweaked it several times. We want to give them something to look over (so) they can review it and come back with questions in two weeks.”

The stormwater utility proposes a monthly fee on residential, and business, water customer accounts. The fee, which has been proposed at $6 for residential accounts, will go toward maintenance of stormwater infrastructure, as well as leverage grants for large stormwater projects.

Businesses will pay a fee based on a formula.

The biggest bone of contention for the council so far has been tiered billing. Tiered billing would allow the city to charge certain customers additional, one-time fees for repairs to infrastructure that only affect them. Mavis said tiered billing will be included in the draft presented to council.

Discussion on an amendment to the city’s ordinances for collection of delinquent stormwater penalties has been moved forward from the Sept. 23 meeting to Monday.

The amendment would give the city the authority to attach delinquent payments on property tax bills. Currently, the city can only charge delinquent payors with a misdemeanor.

Councilmember Chris Menapace had requested discussion on the issue after council tabled it at an August council meeting. The discussion will be held in a Utilities Committee meeting from 6 – 6:40 p.m. The amendment is up for second reading during the council’s regular legislative meeting.

Discussion on a resolution to officially designate the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market use of the square on Saturdays will be heard in a Employee and Community Relations Committee meeting from 6:40 – 6:45 p.m. Mavis said the discussion will involve getting a resolution that promises the farmer’s market use of the square on Saturdays. The farmer’s market has been operating under a “handshake agreement” since it started 20 years ago, Mavis said, and organizers would like to have something more official in place. The resolution will probably ask the farmer’s market to cede the square the Saturday of the Dan Emmett Festival, as it has always done.

A Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) for the area of the Mulberry Street school will be discussed from 6:45 – 7 p.m. in a Finance and Budget Committee meeting.

The CRA came up after local businessman Joel Mazza announced he plans to buy the old school, demolish it, and put in apartment-style housing.

CRAs can grant tax abatements on new construction for a set period of time. The tax abatements can go up to 100 percent, and can be crafted to have set provisions that the entity receiving the abatements must meet. If the provisions are not met, the abatements can be rescinded.

The committee meetings will close out with discussion in a second utility meeting from 7 – 7:15 p.m. on getting water and sewer service extended to several businesses in the Buckeye Addition/Parrott Street Addition area.

A half-hour executive session for pending litigation is scheduled for the Employee and Community Relations Committee from 5:30 – 6 p.m.

Resolutions in the legislative portion of council’s meeting for third reading include:

•Authorizing the safety services director to enter into a contract with CT Consultants for engineering services for water and wastewater service in the Buckeye Addition/ Parrott Street Addition area;

•Acceptance of the recommendations of the Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) concerning commercial properties receiving tax abatements;

•Authorizing the safety service director to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for sludge removal for 2020 – 2022.

A proclamation congratulating Mount Vernon Nazarene University for receiving accreditation for its engineering program will be presented by Mavis.

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Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @twitter.com/mountvernonnews