MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council approved the transfer of funds within the water/wastewaster department to the department’s utility line item.
The move of $30,000 was necessary because utility costs for the plants ran much higher than anticipated, Safety-Service Director Dave Glass told council.
A transfer of $4,500 was approved from the fire equipment line item to maintenance for fuel and maintenance costs.
Council discussed the renaming of Blackjack Road during a committee meeting prior to the legislative session.
Glass said the entire portion, between Ohio 13 and Granville Road, will all become Blackjack Road, as it runs east to west. Industrial Park Drive, which runs north and south from the Industrial Park to Blackjack Road, will then continue south of Blackjack beyond the Sanoh plant.
“This has been in discussion for a decade,” Glass said.
Current technologies, including GPS, is creating problems for manufacturers like Ariel and Sanoh. Glass said the purpose of the name changes will be to eliminate that confusion.
Efforts were made to make the changes within the city nearly four years ago when Sanoh built its new production facility on Blackjack Road. There was opposition with Miller Township trustees as Blackjack Road extends through Clinton and Miller townships.
“We just feel that this has to be done,” Glass said. “The right thing to do is just to rename the road from one end to another.”
Council suggested this would be a good topic of conversation with the Knox County Board of Commissioners when the two entities meet on Nov. 26.
The Sandusky Street Tax Increment District was also discussed in committee meeting. The district encompasses all of Sandusky Street from the area near the Marathon station south to the Ohio 586 split near Burger King, according to Glass.
Glass said the district will not change any zoning in the area and will have no effect on residential properties. The purpose of the district is to begin to accumulate revenue from taxable improvements on the commercial and businesses properties in the district.
Plans are in the works to widen portions of Sandusky Street and to build a new bridge over the Kokosing River. This project is expected to help alleviate truck traffic in the downtown area.
“The bridge, if it ever comes, is 10 to 15 years away. This TIF district will be used for that,” Glass said.
“I’m not against the TIF district, but I think we need a whole plan,” said Mike Hillier, councilman at large. “We need to learn from Coshocton Avenue.”
The district will be funded by taxes that come from the increase in commercial or business property values. Property taxes on the base value of the property will remain where currently designated.
Councilwoman Nancy Vail said she has concerns with the district setup and the residential areas that are included.
Glass said the residential area is mostly between Belmont Avenue and Pleasant Street. He will have a map of the proposed district prepared that will include an overlay of an existing zoning for council before the next meeting.
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