MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council will get the ball bouncing Monday on a plan to assist Mount Vernon Nazarene University in an expansion of the school’s physical education facility. A new basketball arena is reportedly planned.
Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday to hear a presentation from Dr. Dan Martin of MVNU about the university’s project. Under state law, the city can issue bonds on behalf of the school that will enable them to save money on the financing.
Council will act on the bond issue at a special meeting Dec. 19, at which time it will also vote on a possible tax abatement for the planned Rolls-Royce office building at Sandusky and Chestnut streets and on an interim budget for the first two months of 2012.
Mavis said the special meeting is being scheduled because all three measures need to be passed quickly and will require six votes to pass as emergencies. With Nancy Vail unable to attend meetings the rest of this month, only six members can be present. If second and third readings are needed, there will be time to schedule them before the end of the year.
The new council will take office after Jan. 1.
Other hearings Monday begin at 6 p.m. with the Employee and Community Relations Committee discussing Fire Department personnel changes; the Finance and Budget Committee at 6:15 p.m. concerning the city’s application for CleanOhio funds for the American National Can site cleanup, and Street and Public Buildings meets at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Plum Alley.
At 6:45 p.m. the Planning and Zoning Committee will have yard sale legislation on its agenda and at 6:52 p.m. the Utilities Committee will discuss the inventory of city property worth a minimum of $100.