MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council voted to approve the 9-1-1 Plan revision during Monday night’s City Council meeting. The final vote was 5-1-1. Mike Hillier voted against the plan and John Fair abstained.
Council had three committee meetings over the last six weeks to help prepare for the vote, but many council members felt they were lacking information when they realized Monday they were not given a copy of the Feasibility Study which included a breakdown of some of the expenses necessary for consolidation.
Julie Miller, county health commissioner, presented an overview of the health department’s annual report to council. She said the number of certified birth certificates the department issued last year was up over 2011, because the department is now able to access birth certificates from any county in Ohio.
Animal bites are a big concern for health care officials as there were 40 more bites in 2012 than 2011. Miller said only about five were reported bites from wild animals or rodents. The rest were mostly from dogs.
As the number of restaurants increase, the number of health inspections and food service licenses will also increase.
“If this continues, we may have to add more staff,” Miller said.
Steve Oster, superintendent of the Knox County Board of DD (developmental disabilities) spoke to council regarding 500 individuals it offers assistance to including the Help Me Grow services. He highlighted the services provided to a 23-month-old boy who is a victim of shaken baby syndrome. Early intervention has helped teach him to walk, to talk, to eat and many other functions that some doctors did not believe he could accomplish.
Oster reminded council the board’s levy is up for renewal this fall.
In other news:
•Two pieces of legislation regarding easements were postponed indefinitely.
•Council adopted legislation that will allow the safety-service direct to contract for engineering of the East Chestnut Street storm sewer and water project.
•Adopted a resolution strongly opposing House Bill 5 which would eliminate local government’s authority to collect income tax.
•Approved an ordinance that would change language in the Codified Ordinances updating fire department functions and fire prevention.
•Approved an ordinance that will allow the safety-service director to hire temporary police officers and firefighters.
The following first readings were heard:
•A resolution to amend the lease of the former landfill to include certain recreational uses by the Knox County Park District.
•An ordinance amending the zoning classification of three parcels near the intersection of Ohio 13 and Upper Fredericktown Road.
•Ordinances establishing the pay of seasonal help for recreation and parks, parks, streets and cemetery departments.
Second readings were heard for:
•An ordinance establishing a maximum number of hours and pay rate for the code enforcement officer.
•An ordinance establishing a maximum number of hours and pay rate for the parking enforcement officer.
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