MOUNT VERNON — Tanner Salyers will take a seat on Mount Vernon City Council vacated by Chris Menapace, but won’t be taking over his committee appointments.

Council went through a shuffle on committees after Menapace resigned effective Oct. 1 due to moving out of the city. Councilmember Sam Barone took Menapace’s appointments, and Councilmember John Francis, in turn, took over all of Barone’s. Salyers will take the committee appointments formerly held by Francis.

Salyers is a candidate for one of three at-large council seats in the Nov. 5 election. He will finish Menapace’s term, and, since three individuals are running for the three at-large seats, he is pretty much assured to be elected.

Barone’s shift to Menapace’s committees puts him in the chair of the utilities committee, which is trying to iron out legislation on a stormwater utility. Salyers, having been appointed by the Republican Central Committee, steps into the council amid the process.

The coming council meeting Monday is the first that will have all of the new appointments. The utilities committee has an hour and a half, from 5:45-7:15 p.m., blocked off to discuss the stormwater utility.

Also Monday, Mayor Richard Mavis will have amended legislation to present to the council for trash haulers operating in the city. Mavis said the legislation clears up recycling requirements for haulers, in that they will have to sign a letter agreeing that they will offer recycling as part of their contracts. Currently, at least one hauler charges for recycling as an extra service, carrying an additional charge.

Haulers will receive notification on the changes the week of Nov. 18, Mavis said. They will sign the letter of agreement in conjunction with their permit inspection.

Also scheduled for committee meetings is a community reinvestment area (CRA) in the area of the old Mulberry Street school. The CRA is being requested by developer Joel Mazza, who plans to tear down the school and build apartments. The CRA would allow council to give Mazza real estate tax abatements on the new apartments.

In a 15-minute employee and community relations committee meeting, City Engineer Brian Ball is expected to discuss two interns from Kenyon College whom he would like to bring in part-time to his office.

Resolutions up for first readings include:

•Advertising for bids and entering into a contract for work on the New Gambier Road underground water reservoir;

•Confirming the mayor’s reappointment of James K. Gibson to the records commission for an additional five years;

•Confirming the mayor’s reappointment to the board of zoning appeals of Phil Herald, Jim Sulzer and William Smith for five-year terms, and a related resolution appointing Otho Eyster as an alternate member to the board of zoning appeals;

•Authorizing the safety-service director to purchase or trade-in on a new compact excavator for the water and wastewater department through the state cooperative purchase plan;

•Advertising for bids and enter into a contract for water main extensions in Ariel-Foundation Park;

•Authorizing the safety-service director to enter into a contract with Jones & Henry Engineering to inspect city sanitary pump stations.

An ordinance is up for first reading to amend the zoning classification of 1120 Yaugher Road from single-family district to office institutional. The request comes from East Side Church of Christ as it is in the process of selling the church building. The church predates the current zoning code and its use as a church is not permitted under the current code for single-family district.

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