MOUNT VERNON - At Monday night’s Mount Vernon City Council
meeting, council members discussed the possibility of erecting a fence in
Ariel-Foundation Park. Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis told council that the
sidewalk that runs between the CA&C Depot and the restroom facility runs
very close to northern end of the park’s east lake and is bordered on its other
side by the the Kokosing River.
The lake is a former gravel pit, which, according to the
mayor, is 16 feet deep from the water’s edge.
The fence would be approximately seven hundred feet in
length on the lake side of the sidewalk and two hundred feet on the Kokosing
side. It is expected that the money would be received in early 2017.
Seventy five percent of the projected $45,700 fence erection
cost would be paid through an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant. The
City of Mount Vernon would be responsible for 25%, which equals $11,425.
One member of council asked if the fence would have openings
for fisherman who would like to access the lake from that location. Mayor Mavis
stated that openings in the fence could be added. Council member Booth suggested
a gate be added.
Council, during the legislative portion of the meeting, unanimously
authorized the city to submit the grant application.
Council member John Francis read a proclamation expressing
appreciation to Ariel Corporation upon the occasion of its fiftieth
Two city residents, addressing council during the public
participation portion of the meeting, expressed concern regarding the amount of
noise, traffic, and a frequently loose dog coming from a business on Quarry St.
They also expressed their displeasure at the state of
disarray and disrepair of a house located at 4 South St.
Safety Service Director Joel Daniels stated that the city is
working on getting the owner of the South St. property to clean it up and said
that the city might need to “turn up the heat” to get the cleanup accomplished quickly.
Council member Nancy Vail expressed pleasure at the Safety Service Director’s
Another Mount Vernon resident brought the council’s
attention to the language of signage in front of the post office regarding van
parking as well as the wording on the city’s parking tickets.
Regarding the American National Can Property, Mayor Mavis
said that the city is awaiting a “no further action” letter from the EPA, at
which point the property will be cleared for development. The city is slated to
receive 15 acres of the property and a company will receive the rest.
In other business:
Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing
the transfer of $4,500 from the engineering-Field Equipment account to the
Engineering-Office equipment account to allow the engineer’s office to purchase
Council unanimously approved a resolution
retroactively authorizing funds for the city auditor to pay utility bills from
American Electric Power from the Water Plant-Utilities account in the amount of
$3,010.40 and BNR Inc. from the Water Plan-plant Maintenance account in the
amount of $5,583.06
Council unanimously approved the appropriation
of $5,000 to the Merit Drug Court account.
Council passed a resolution allowing the Rails
to Trails Conservancy Ohio Sojourn to camp at Ariel-Foundation Park from Sunday,
September 26, 2016 to Monday, September 27, 2016.
According to estimates, 100-200 people will
be a part of this event.
Council member Booth asked whether the
resolution needed to be approved right away. Council member Kahrl responded
that it did need to be approved immediately so that Rails to Trails could begin
promoting the event.
Council member Barone added his support for
this resolution, saying that this event will promote the idea that the park
will have an economic impact on the city.
Council member Barone invited the public to a community work
day at Ariel-Foundation Park. Volunteers to this event will do work such as
weeding or park cleanup.
All council members were present at the meeting. The next
council meeting is scheduled for May 23 at 7:30 PM.