By Pam Robinson
City Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins noted recent activity—survey work and boring for environmental reasons—in preparation for the Landing housing project on the Mount Vernon riverfront when the Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety met on Thursday. Then, the board took action on two legals that further pave the way for the project to begin.
First, the board approved a transfer of an easement from the City of Mount Vernon to the Landing project. The easement covers the current municipal parking lot at the corner of Second and Main streets. It was stated that if the Landing project doesn’t proceed with its plans for the easement within a year, the property reverts back to the City of Mount Vernon.
Second, the board approved an offer from 21st Century Leadership Posey County, Ltd. to purchase a 50-foot strip south of the alley adjacent to the old Armory building for $40,000. It was stated that 21st Century Leadership’s board had already approved the purchase.
After the meeting, Mayor John Tucker said in a phone interview that investors are hoping to close on all real estate by the middle of November. Weather permitting, groundbreaking will happen shortly thereafter.
In other business:
•The board approved the purchase of a new incubator for the wastewater treatment plant in an amount not to exceed $5,000.
•The board approved the use of the fire chief’s vehicle and the city credit card for Fire Chief Wes Dixon and two firefighters to attend a large scale exercise in northern Indiana on September 26, 27, 28.
•The board agreed through consensus to hold interviews with six police officer candidates in executive session at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 4.
The Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety will meet again Thursday, September 20, 2012, 4 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.
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