By Pam Robinson
Black Township Trustee Lindsay Suits addressed the Mount Vernon City Council regarding necessary action to help make a new city police and fire station a reality. The Black Township Trustee’s Office is offering up to $400,000—taxpayer money in its cumulative fire fund—to make the land and building purchase and to help with renovations for a new city police and fire station, an estimated $1.2 million project.
Suits read council a letter from Indianapolis attorney G. Jayson Marksberry, who represents the Black Township Trustee’s Office. In the letter, Marksberry spells out the required steps to move forward on the project: 1) review all inspection documents related to the subject real estate; 2) execute an assignment agreement with the City of Mount Vernon; 3) enter a purchase agreement with the seller, Old Orchard LLC. His letter follows a July 25, 2012, phone conversation with City Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins regarding the option agreement to purchase the real estate.
After the meeting, Suits identified the real estate in question as the Old Dausmann Motors’ facility on College Avenue across from Subway restaurant. Suits stated that the City of Mount Vernon and the Black Township Trustee’s office had been talking about the project since January, and she’d like to see action before the end of this year.
Suits stressed that she hopes elected officials will “step outside the political arena” and reach a decision that benefits local families. She explained that although the City of Mount Vernon has been applying for grants to complete the project, the city can expect to receive more grant funding once the property and building have been purchased.
City Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins said she would be happy to continue conversations with Marksberry on the project and to copy Suits on any email correspondence between her and Attorney Marksberry.
In other business:
•When meeting as the Water Utility Board, council agreed by consensus for Don Morrison, a representative of Main Stream LLC, the engineer in charge of the water solids dewatering project, to make a final payment to Empire Contractors for $1,980, rather than the $35,000 Empire billed the City of Mount Vernon. Morrison said he is looking out for the city’s interests and contends Empire did not complete work as contracted.
• Water Chairman Bill Curtis announced that the work on the water improvement project will begin in earnest within 10 days to two weeks, once the barge arrives.
• Water Superintendent Chuck Gray noted the entire water treatment plant would be down four to six hours for work on Wednesday, August 15.
• Council approved on first reading and then suspended the rules and adopted on second and third readings the ordinance (2012-15) adopting the 2012 supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Mount Vernon.
• After confirming a change in wording that will place all identify all signage as either conforming or nonconforming in code compliance, the zoning ordinance, except regarding the flood plain, brought forward by the Area Plan Commission was passed on second reading. Subsequently, the rules were suspended and the ordinance (2012-16) was adopted on third reading.
The Mount Vernon City Council will meet again on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the City Hall Annex, 7 p.m.
By Pam Robinson
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