MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council has two long-discussed pieces of legislation before it for Tuesday’s meeting.
The stormwater utility is up for its third and final reading. Changes to the ordinance for trash haulers operating within the city is up for a second reading.
Both have been pored over by council and city officials with changes made between readings. The stormwater utility has received the most attention, with council holding several meetings discussing changes. The ordinance Tuesday will be slightly different than the ordinance that received its second reading Nov. 4, containing changes suggested in a public hearing that was held the same night.
A copy of the ordinance with changes was provided Friday to the News. One of the changes is hoped to clarify how residential customers are charged and reads “All residential properties will be (billed) per assigned physical address.” Any residential property, despite how many parcels it contains, will be billed as one address charged one fee. The fee is proposed at $4 per residence for the first year of the stormwater utility, after which it will increase to $5 in 2021 and $6 in 2022.
The trash hauler ordinance has been changed this year to clarify language involving recycling services. The previous ordinance was unclear about a requirement that haulers provide recycling as a service included in the entire package of services for residential customers. In addition to clarifying this point, the ordinance has been further changed to read that haulers must pick up recyclables no less than bi-weekly.
Pick-up for bulk items, such as furniture, is also included, and states that the customer must notify the hauler that the item is out to be collected. The hauler may charge an additional fee for collecting the bulk item or items.
A total of 15 minutes has been set aside for a Utilities Committee meeting regarding engineering services for a water main extension to Ariel-Foundation Park. The services will further study the viability of a water line loop out to Harcourt Road, which would have the potential to add more customers to city water. The loop was brought up by council at its Oct. 28 meeting, where Clinton Township Sewer District Chair John Holland said that most customers in the proposed extension area do not want the service, or can’t afford it.
The council meeting is being held Nov. 12 due to Monday being Veteran’s Day.