By Lois Mittino Gray
Members of the Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety voted to accept the tax sales certificates on two run-down delinquent properties at their meeting on Thursday afternoon, April 4. This allows the city to fix up the property, recoup the money for work done, and get them back on the tax rolls again.
The properties are located at 114 West Second Street and 203 West Eighth Street.
The County Commissioners turned the houses over to the city and assign the tax certificates after they have been up for tax sales three times unsuccessfully. The city works on getting the deeds back and all liens are wiped off and work begins to get them viable on the tax rolls once more. Any profits from sales after expenses are reimbursed to the city for work are split with the county. Last year, the city accepted six properties like this from the county.
Mayor John Tucker praised the work of code enforcement officer Sherry Willis stating “She does a great job matching up interested people with these properties”. Board Member Bill Curtis noted “This is a good deal all around for everybody and we get homes on the tax rolls again”.
In other action:
–Don Rye, Street Department Yard Foreman, reported that the storm sewer at the West School Rain Garden is linked into the main sewer system and ready. “We know where everything goes now so let it rain” he said with a smile.
–Alicia La France, Young Adult Specialist, Alexandrian Public Library, requested that Fifth Street from Main to College be closed on Wednesday, May 29 from 3:30-7p.m.
The closure is needed for the kickoff event of the Summer Reading Program featuring a magician and the Evansville Boom Squad. The Board approved and barricades will be put up at those times.
–A request was made by Mary Ann Fuelling representing the Mount Vernon Azalea Trail Committee to block off eight parking spaces from South Main to Water Street by the stop sign at the river ramp to the corner of the bandstand. They will parallel park two trailers in the spaces to hold their annual azalea sale on Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. Customers will approach from the sidewalk and the street does not need to be closed.
The Street Department was authorized to deliver ten barricades to the area on Friday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. to keep the spaces clear for the trailers until after the sale is over on Saturday mid-afternoon. Fuelling said last year the sale started on time and “it was a big rush. We sold 300 azalea plants in 30 minutes.”
–Steve Fuelling discussed putting a bid package together and getting three quotes on prices to rebuild the concession stand/sound and light building. He hopes to attract local contractors for the job. Presently there is a 14 by 12 foot foundation there at the top of the hill overlooking the amphitheater by the river. The action was approved.
–Superintendent Rodney Givens reported that a new VFD drive was put in the lift station. He explained that the new device was complex, but they have good technical support to help with it. “It has 499 parameters in the drive and we have had to reset about fifty of them”, he said. He also showed before and after pictures of work done on an infiltration problem recently discovered when video camera work was done.
.–The new packer truck bid will continue to be tabled until the study authorized by the Council to look at the city trash pick up operation is completed.
– Tucker announced the Board will meet in Executive Session next week to discuss job performance of employees.
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