MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council will hear from the city Monday on a water line that will extend city water service to potential customers in Clinton Township.

The city will address the council on the Ariel-Foundation Park water main extension project in a 15-minute Utilities Committee hearing starting at 6:30 p.m. A resolution to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the project is up for second reading Monday. The project proposes an extension to Pittsburg Avenue that will eventually open the way to getting more water customers in Clinton Township, according to Mayor Dick Mavis.

In a letter to council dated Oct. 25, Mavis writes “sometimes we have to remind people that we are in the business of selling water and this is part of an initial plan to run the waterline out Pittsburg Avenue and serve some of those other areas.”

Mavis also noted in his letter that there will be no further discussion on the Community Reinvestment Area for the Mulberry Street School property. Developer Joel Mazza, who sought the CRA to get real estate tax abatements on new apartments he plans to build on the site, has dropped out of discussions with the city on the CRA.

Council has a second committee hearing scheduled from 6:45-7:15 p.m. to discuss a stormwater utility. An ordinance creating the utility is also up for a first reading Monday.

The utility will bill residential customers $4 per month and use the revenues to repair, maintain and install stormwater infrastructure. The fee will increase to $5 in 2021, then $6 in 2022. Any further increases must be approved by the council.

Other business before council includes the following resolutions up for first reading:

•Confirming the appointment of Scott Brenneman to the city recreation board for a 5-year term;

•Confirming the appointment of Bev Hamilton to the metropolitan housing authority;

•Confirming the mayor’s appointment of Gail LaBenne to the historical review commission for a 1-year term.

Up for second reading are two resolutions confirming the mayor’s appointment of James Gibson to the city’s records commission for a five-year term and confirming the mayor’s appointment of Mike Whitaker to the shade tree and beautification committee.

Ordinances up for first reading include:

•Amending the solid waste hauler ordinance to include language that states haulers must offer recycling services and do so weekly as part of their contract with residential customers;

•Establishing a $10 hourly rate for seasonal employees hired as part of the Kenyon internship program.

An ordinance up for second reading asks to rezone 1120 Yauger Road from residential to office/institutional. The request comes from the 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 a single-family district.

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