MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council’s legislative meeting was dominated by discussion of the tractor-trailers in the city’s residential neighborhoods, mainly the East High Street area.
According to East High Street resident Roger Robertson, the problem was nearly nonexistent 20 years ago, it become noticeable 10 years ago and now it happens quite frequently.
“Three years ago it happened about three times a week,” Robertson told council. “Now it’s five times a week and it even made the newspaper on Saturday.”
Robertson said he is concerned not only that trucks continue to navigate East High Street instead of staying on the state route, but also the damage that is done when trucks hit light and power poles and then they drive into lawns and driveways of neighborhood residents.
“Someone needs to notify the GPS makers and tell them we are not going to tolerate any more misdirection,” Robertson said. “We are sick and tired of the situation getting worse and no one doing anything about it.”
When it comes to issuing citations for trucks in residential neighborhoods, City Law Director Bill Smith said it doesn’t matter how the driver ended up off the state route.
“I don’t care about what the GPS gave as direction,” Smith said. “That doesn’t mean a damn thing.”
Council member John Fair said he would ask for a committee meeting to further discuss the issue in hopes of coming up with a solution.
The legislative portion of council was rather short and sweet with council approving the appointment of Joel Daniels to the Municipal Planning Commission, established membership in the Regional Planning Commission and confirmed the reappointment of Mike Hillier to the Heritage Centre Association and Nancy Vail to the board of the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau with Susan Kahrl filling in while Vail recuperates from surgery.
A second reading was heard on a resolution to accept the donation of property on Fairgrounds Road that is next to a water basin. A second reading was also heard on an ordinance that would set guidelines for city inventory standards and an ordinance that would vacate a portion of Ridgewood Avenue.
A first reading was heard on an ordinance that would amend the traffic control map and traffic control file.
Council went into executive session to discuss land acquisition. No action was taken.
Council will meet next on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Committee meetings will be scheduled prior to the legislative meeting.