Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 16, 2013

Council to consider annexation

By RICK HAYES rick.hayes@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — A resolution to consider annexation of property on Wells Bypass Road — the site of the new Mt. Vernon high school — will be taken up by the Mt. Vernon City Council on Monday.

School officials requested the 81.65 acres be annexed into the city, according to City Manager Ron Neibert.

“By making this request, the high school is asking the proposed annexation be protected by the city fire department and that water and sewer services be extended to the property,” Neibert said. “Obviously, this is something the high school desires and the city feels it will benefit from the annexation.”

School superintendent Michael Smith said earlier the new school site into the city is an important step in moving forward.

“We’re looking forward to the new school property officially becoming a part of the city proper,” Smith said during an Oct. 29 Board of Education meeting. “That’s one of our first major milestones, getting that accomplished, so we’re excited about that.”

The real estate in question is not within the corporate limits of any municipality, but is contiguous to the city limits of Mt. Vernon. “The city limits are hereby expanded to include said real estate including all streets and alleys contiguous to said real estate,” the resolution states.

The council will also consider a permitted use zoning allowance for the new school site, changing the property from agriculture to a “public secondary schools” designation.

Two other resolutions will be considered by the council on Monday.

A professional engineering services agreement with Rhutasel and Associates for design of Richview Road/Wilshire Road sidewalk improvements is proposed. The scope of the work includes preparing plans and specifications for construction/reconstruction of sidewalks on Wilshire Drive between Oakland Avenue and Highland View and on Richview Road between Wilshire Drive and North 24th Street, information states.

“There are some sidewalks on Richview we’re replacing. Right now, the sidewalks are intermittent. In some places we have sidewalks, in other areas we don’t,” Neibert said.

A resolution approving an agreement with local architect Rick Kirkpatrick regarding design services for the Mt. Vernon Market Place — at the location of the former Armory building. Kirkpatrick’s services were recommended by the city’s Branding Committee.

Kirkpatrick will provide preliminary design and illustration services to the city in order to depict proposed activities for the renovated facility, information states.

Neibert said the roof has been replaced on the facility and the gym floor — which was beyond rehabilitation — was taken up this week by local business woman Linda Lowery, who plans on using the wood as part of the revitalization project at her business on South Ninth Street.

IN OTHER BUSINESS:

n The council will conduct first reading on an ordinance rezoning property at 17198 E. Fairfield Road from agriculture to residential, mobile home. The petitioning parties are Donald and Deborah Coyle.

n Conduct first reading on an ordinance rezoning property at 726 N. Eighth St. from business to residential. The petitioning party is Crystal Webster.

Monday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Memorial Park.