By Dave Pearce
Funding for the new police and fire station, annexation, and the upcoming yearly budgets dominated the June 27 meeting of the Mount Vernon City Council.
The Council voted that funding for the police and fire station will be as follows: a blend of CCDF/EDIT; $20,000 from CCDF, and the remainder from EDIT funds. The term of the loan would be 15 years and a building corporation would have to be utilized to enable borrowing.
The Council continued passed on second reading their intentions to annex West Ridge, Lakeview Place ‘B,’ Lots 12 through 19, and Western Hills Country Club. City Attorney Beth Higgins stated the Public Hearing on the annexation ordinance will be held on August 22, followed by third reading.
The Mount Vernon Redevelopment Commission is looking for a few good people. Mount Vernon City Attorney Beth McFadin-Higgins told the Mount Vernon City Council this week that the group will need to have an organizational meeting very soon. The Mayor has three appointments and the Council has two – they need to make those appointments now. Again, they need to meeting in the first couple of weeks of July and whoever they choose will also need to be bonded, so they need to get started on that.
Posey County Democratic Party Chairman and Mount Vernon resident Ed Adams was asked to serve on the committee and agreed to take on the responsibility.
Mount Vernon Mayor John Tucker indicated that he has, so far, chosen Mount Vernon businessmen Larry Williams and Mike Ashworth.
•Clerk-Treasurer Crist Sitzman stated she has received tax settlement from the county and all departments got through spring not needing a loan. Hopefully they will do as well and not need one before fall installment is received.
Councilwoman Higgins stated at the last meeting she suggested a stop sign at Locust and East Water Street. She added that traffic counters had been utilized and that the intersection does not meet the requirements for a stop sign. Higgins continued by stating she would like to add crosswalks instead at Mulberry and Water and Walnut and Water streets. Dieterle stated the speed limit in the area is 30 and maybe the council could look at lowering that to 20 MPH before the pedestrian walkway.
Mount Vernon Police Chief Grant Beloat stated he favors a stop sign and a pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection. Higgins stated she would like to see something done and in place before the Landing opens up. Higgins added there are a lot of distractions in the area right now and they really need something in place. She then moved to place a 3-way at Locust and East Water streets and lowering the speed limit to 20 MPH west-bound at Locust and Canal streets. Additionally crosswalks would be put in at both Mulberry and Water streets and Walnut and Water streets. The suggestion was approved.
The Council, after a brief recess, resumed by talking about upcoming city budgets. Tucker told department heads they need to get an earlier start on budgets than they did last year. Sitzman told the council that information she has received has indicated the city could see a budget increase of around 2.5 percent but that nothing is guaranteed.
Dixon and Beloat questioned the council on their feelings regarding raises in their departments. The Council indicated that both longevity as well as a percentage increase should be considered when raises are doled out for this year.
Tucker told department heads that budgets should be turned in to his office on July 8 at 3 p.m. and the hearings will be held on July 10 at 9 a.m., all day, with July 11th also scheduled only if they cannot get done with the hearings on July 10.
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