MOUNT VERNON — In their first joint meeting of the year Monday evening, no contentions arose between the Knox County Board of Commissioners and the Mount Vernon City Council.
Agenda items included:
•Parking enforcement on Chestnut and East High streets. The city enforcement of parking limitations has kept a rotation of spots open, as no complaints of parking inaccessibility have been heard lately, according to the commissioners.
•The crosswalks over Chestnut and East High streets were also discussed. Commissioner Teresa Bemiller, who said she was nearly hit crossing Chestnut recently, suggested adding lights; city engineer Cameron Keaton said lights would cost $8,000 plus labor. Council member Nancy Vail suggested cross-hatch striping on the walks to draw more attention to them. Councilman Jay Maners suggested neon-colored signs with high reflectivity. Mayor Richard Mavis asked Keaton if there was sufficient space between the walks and parking spaces for people to be seen. Keaton said he believed that distance should be 15 feet, and that he would check to see if they are in compliance with that regulation. If not, he said, some parking places may have to be lost.