MOUNT VERNON — Issues of an inventory policy and financing a maintenance building faced the Mount Vernon City Council when it met Monday evening in council chambers.
Mike Hillier, chairman of the finance and budget committee, announced that Ordinance 2011-25 to implement a citywide policy regarding inventory of all city property had been postponed from a previous meeting for review.
The responsibility of departments keeping track of large equipment as well as small tools was one issue at hand. In referring to previous committee and administrative group discussions, Mayor Richard Mavis explained that while every department has been keeping track of inventory, establishing a standard form would be difficult as individual departments operate differently. “We thought that it was not necessary to put something before council that would specifically identify everything that’s going to be done,” said Mavis.
Other concerns were brought forward with verbiage in the draft regarding the recording of consumables used on the job as well what individuals have access to work areas. On the evening’s regular agenda were Ordinance 2012-05 and -06 regarding seasonal personnel, and number and wages of seasonal parks personnel. Hillier stressed his recommendation would be to remove these items from the agenda for future consideration while having policies in place by July 1; and to have Ordinance 2011-25 regarding the city-policy on inventory postponed indefinitely. “Let’s just get this totally off the books,” suggested Hillier.
Also discussed was the financing of a proposed new maintenance facility which would house the street department, the distribution and collection department along with the meter division and the public utility operations.
City auditor Terry Scott explained that the city intends to issue bonds to finance the construction of this facility. The estimated financing will be $3.5 million, of which 50 percent will be paid by general government funds, 25 percent will be paid by water funds, and the remaining 25 percent will be paid by wastewater funds over 15 years.