Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
May 30, 2012 11:43 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — There were only three items on the agenda when the Mount Vernon City Council and city school board conducted their annual joint meeting on Tuesday.

First, city engineer Cameron Keaton discussed the sidewalk/traffic signal project on Mount Vernon Avenue and Division Street. He said work is nearing completion and indicated the traffic signal will also be activated by ball park traffic. Keaton said the city plans to resurface Mount Vernon Avenue this summer, so new striping and new signage for crosswalks will help make things even safer for students walking to school.

Keaton and superintendent of schools Steve Short both expressed their appreciation to Ariel for making the project a reality. Short also said he appreciates the things the city has done to maintain the traffic flow.

Related to traffic congestion in the area before and after school, at-large council member Susan Kahrl asked, since there is now a sidewalk, whether it would be possible for parents to use the ball field parking lot north of the stadium as a drop-off and pick-up point. It is an option, Short said. Council and school board talked about other possible ways to ease the traffic flow/congestion throughout the campus area.

The second agenda item concerned the question of parking lot charges for the gravel lot opposite the tennis court. Short said the school facilities are for people to use, adding that the school does not charge parking fees, but may charge outside groups a minimal fee for the use of the ball field(s). He said the fee is charged because school personnel are paid with taxpayer money and it isn’t fair for the taxpayers to cover the work caused by an “outside” group. Short said the fee, if any, is used to defray the cost of field maintenance, litter and trash clean up.

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