Economic development job, budget topics at Mt. Vernon

Bill Cearns

MT. VERNON - At the Feb. 11 Mt. Vernon City Council meeting, City Recorder Judi Driskell announced that city budget allocations are down by approximately $10,000 due to loss of state government revenue. Driskell stated that the city has received $93,000 in timber receipts from the county.

Consultant Sue Newstetter informed the council that a mayors' meeting recently discussed the county's economic development specialist position. What worked in the past, what didn't work, and what could be improved upon was reviewed. Meeting participants concluded that the specialist position should be continued.

Mt. Vernon Mayor Dennis Bradley stated that he and Bruce Newman of the Rural Community Assistance Corporation have produced a set of guidelines for the summer paint program which Bradley will present to the council for review at its next session.

Fire Chief Bill Cearns and his volunteer fire crew responded to an early morning Feb. 11 outbuilding fire on Sue Wilson's land. The structure was being used for lambing and brooding and was fully engulfed, officials reported. The fire appeared to be caused by a light used to warm the shed, according to Cearns.

Cearns said the fire department received all of the training manuals purchased with funds from the hunter's booth and other donations. The manuals have enabled him to begin Fire Fighter I training. He stated that additional volunteer firefighters are needed.

As maintenance supervisor, Cearns will be starting a second round of lead and copper tests on city water lines in March. Well sites and sewer lagoons have been sprayed to reduce weeds, he added.

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