By Pam Robinson
Mount Vernon Mayor John Tucker is moving the city another step ahead in working out a plan for a new police and fire station. On Friday, Sept. 14, he met with Black Township Trustee Lindsay Suits at Fifth Third Bank, and there he signed the option to purchase the Dausmann property at 311 College Avenue. The Board of Public Works and Safety went on record Thursday afternoon to ratify the Mayor’s action.
Tucker noted that Black Township Trustee Lindsay Suits will now take up negotiations with the owners. 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 dollar project.
In other business:
• Clerk-Treasurer Cristi Sitzman opened bids received for the sewer forced main relocation on the old Hwy 62 Bridge. The bids were opened in the order received as follows: Kieffer Brothers, $20, 975 and D-Lite Excavation, $21,702.62. The board acknowledged receipt of the bids, and agreed they should be taken under advisement of Wastewater Supt. Rodney Givens, Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates and City Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins. The board voted should everything be in order, Supt. Givens should proceed with the lowest responsive bidder.
• Tucker pointed out issues at the Country Terrace Lift Station that will require major work. Wastewater Supt. Givens emphasized it was an illegal sanitary sewer overflow, or SSO, that should have been eliminated in Phase 1 of the sewer renovation project, now in Phase 2. The problem will be fixed, starting next week.
• Matt Walls of Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates discussed the recent 10 year storm event when 4 ½ inches of rain fell in 12 hours and its impact on the West Elementary Storm Water Project.
• Mayor Tucker reported that Parks Superintendent Michael Harshbarger wants to keep the Fairview Park property rather than relinquishing it to the city. The new superintendent has ideas on ways to use the property and wants to continue using and maintaining it.
• The board approved the request of At the Cross Mission to collect donations at the intersection of Fourth and Main on Saturday, October 6, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only adults will collect donations, and proof of insurance will be supplied to the clerk-treasurer.
• The board agreed to investigate the feasibility of a fire truck pulling event on September 27 at 5 p.m. at the request of Curves owner Keisha Allyn. The board will get back in touch with Allyn after its investigation.
• The board concurred to have Wastewater Supt. Rodney Givens get the gutters repaired at the plant.
• The board denied the request from Paul Gross to forgive his weed mowing bill since all parameters were met according to the ordinance.
The Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety meets again Thursday, October 4, at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.
By Pam Robinson
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