MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council addressed a light agenda Monday night approving four pieces of legislation.
Council authorized the safety-service director to trade in two vehicles toward the purchase of a new truck for the engineering department and a used truck for the water/waste water department.
Funds for the purchase were approved in the city’s 2013 budget.
Payment of bills from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP totaling $1,733.50 and R&J Car Care- Star Bright for $523.09 were approved. City Auditor Terry Scott said the invoices were for services rendered in 2012 but are being paid out of 2013 appropriations.
Council also voted to approve a donation of $1,600 from the Town & Country Garden Club for use in the miniparks by the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee.
An ordinance was adopted altering the amount of change provided for the Income Tax Department increase from $85 to $200. The ordinance also increase the pool drawer fund from $50 to $1,100. Scott said the change was long overdue as the pool has been using those funds for years.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis said the agreements to move forward with the cleanup of the ANC property will be signed shortly. The work is expected to take 1 1/2 years.
Carrie Crouch, downtown manager for the Heritage Centre Association, addressed council and provided copies of the HCA’s 2012 Annual Report. Crouch said 2012 was a “year of transition” as she came on board in April. Last year 13 new businesses were open in downtown providing 19 new full-time and eight part-time jobs. Two of those have since closed as well as two additional businesses.
Michael Percy updated council on the progress of the remodel work at the CA&C Depot, formerly The Station Break. Percy said activity at the depot will start to pick up around the building. Once completed, the building will house the Knox County Park District office as well as restrooms and a vending area.
Percy expects the interior of the building to be open for the First Friday events this summer.
“This will provide a gateway to downtown from the trail,” Percy said.
Funds for the remodel come from fundraising efforts of the Foundation Park Conservancy and the “wonderful benefactors” that support its mission.
Council dismissed into executive session to discuss compensation of a position and the possible acquisition of land. No action was taken.
The next council meeting will be Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall.
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