By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — A resolution approved by the Mt. Vernon City Council on Monday night will pave the way for water line improvements to the downtown area.
The resolution approved an engineering agreement with Round Table Design Inc. to replace cast iron water lines on Main Street and Broadway. The agreement will be for $210,000 for the design engineering.
“We’re hoping to have the preliminary engineering work done by late spring or early summer 2014 and begin the work shortly,” said City Manager Ron Neibert. “Once the design work is done we see the scope of the work that needs to be done, we may decide to do one project one year and another project the next year. Obviously, there will be a lot of coordination with IDOT regarding traffic control plans.”
Councilman Dennis McEnaney said he was “extremely pleased” the city is moving forward on this project.
“When you drive down Broadway or Main and see all those cuttings on the roadway and the number of breaks we’ve had in that region, it will not only improve service to that area in all of Mt. Vernon but will make it more reliable. I’m really happy we’re able to do this type of project.”
McEnaney made the motion to approve the resolution, seconded by the Rev. Ron Lash. Councilmen David Wood and Todd Piper were absent.
The council approved two other resolutions — one with Evansville Western Railway to install new lights and gates to accommodate improvements to North 42nd Street; and revised an intergovernmental agreement with the comptroller’s office regarding a local debt recovery program.
In other action, the council approved on second readings the liquor license ordinance, allowing beer and wine to be sold at Girolamo’s Italian Food at Ninth Street and Jordan Avenue; and an ordinance granting easements to Ameren for a line extension to Continental Tire of the Americas.
The council took no action on a first reading to rezone property at 28th Street and Veterans Memorial Drive from R-MH to B-2, with the council agreeing more information is needed before taking action. Vic Cusumano is the petitioning party.
Four officers of the Mt. Vernon Police Department were recognized for coming to the aid of a local man who attempted to hang himself. The officers — Derek Gaither, Aaron Wiedeman, Matt Hoelscher and Eric McClaren — were presented with department Life Saving awards.