MT. VERNON — The city's housing and marketing project is nearing completion of the next phase."This part is the marketing aspect of it," said Nathan McKenna, City Capital Projects Manager. "It will be for developers, lenders and builders."The need for housing within the city was discovered as part of a study that was presented in January to the city council. The study, completed by Joe Zanola of the Zanola Company LLC, identified the need for 350 to 750 housing units based on past and expected job creation in the area. The next phase of the project was to create a web-based outreach program. The Internet program is to include the Just Right web site and establish monthly e-mails, blogs and web updates to entice building professionals; establish an ever-growing target, prospect and referrals database; provide outreach blitz to reconnect and advance current interested projects; and provide personal outreach, follow-up and scheduling with high value prospects."Right now, we're streamlining the process and getting everyone on the same page," McKenna explained. "We're developing the website for the housing program, which will be a one stop shop for developers and lenders to get up to date information."As an example, McKenna said the site will contain information about the process for building a subdivision, where the process starts, who to contact and everyone's part in the process, staring with the city engineer, inspection, fire department, zoning and building, and include the Jefferson County Development Corporation, which receives many first contacts from developers."We will be doing staff training next week, with a workshop on (May) 15," McKenna said. "Everyone will be given the same information, and everyone will know their part in the process."Once the training is completed, the city council will be updated as well, with a city council workshop planned for May 28.
Nine people sent to prison
MT. VERNON -- Nine individuals were recently sentenced to prison in Jefferson County as a result of pleading guilty to various offenses. State's Attorney Doug Hoffman has released the following information on cases terminated with prison pleas. n GeoContinued ...
Lengthy sentence given
A Jefferson County man was sentenced to federal prison on crack cocaine charges, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced. Andre T. Davis of Mt. Vernon was sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison, four yContinued ...
Huntman to retire from JFPD
MT. VERNON -- Chief Michael Huntman will retire from the Jefferson Fire Protection District at the end of this month after serving more than 30 years with the department. Huntman, who has been chief for about 19 years, said he looks back fondly on hiContinued ...
National Day of Prayer on May 1
MT. VERNON -- Community members are being invited to join the Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast Committee for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1. The service will start at noon on the east side of the Jefferson County Courthouse. "Weather permitContinued ...
Security system update OK'd
MT. VERNON -- Jefferson County's Public Safety Committee approved a bid of $113,610 to upgrade the security system at the Jefferson County Justice Center. The only bid received and accepted was from Security Automation Systems, based out of IndianapoContinued ...
- Chief Huntman to retire from JFPD
- County eyes fund transfer
- Arbor Day event set
- Palmer hires attorney
- Arbor Day Celebration set for Saturday
- MVTHS talks high gas bill
- Three hurtin ATV crash
- Park grant resolution approved
- City accepts park grant
- Kyle Price Ride set for April 26
- Nine people sent to prison