Published: Friday, 03 March 2017 11:41
Written by Martha Trese
MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found three guilty after trials to the court and other hearings held in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on March 1, 2017.
Philmore B. Cooper, 32 of Columbus, was found guilty of speeding, 69mph in a 55mph zone, after a trial to the Court. Trooper Anthony Matheny of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Mt. Gilead Post testified for the State of Ohio. The Court sentenced Cooper to pay a fine of $45 plus court costs.
Scott Owens, 20 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia after a trial to the Court. Patrolman Ronny Flynn of the Fredericktown Police Department testified for the Village of Fredericktown. The Court sentenced
Owens to pay a fine of $75 plus court costs.
Todd J. Rhinebolt, 32 of Mt. Liberty, Ohio, changed his plea and the Court found him guilty of driving under financial responsibility suspension and failure to use reasonable control while driving. The Court sentenced Rhinebolt to pay a fine of $200 plus court costs for the driving under suspension charge and an additional $75 for the failure to control charge.
Thomas C. Kemmer, 43 of Fredericktown, failed to appear for his scheduled court trial. The Court issued a warrant for his arrest with county and adjoining county radius and set bond in the amount of $250 cash or surety without the application of the 10%
Justin L. Pfeiffer, 19 of Howard, failed to appear for his scheduled court trial. The Court issued a warrant for his arrest with county and adjoining county radius and set bond in the amount of $250 cash or surety without the application of the 10% provision. The Court also forfeited his previously posted bond.
Quinton T. Blair, 41 of Mount Vernon, failed to appear for his scheduled court trials. The Court issued a warrant of his arrest with county and adjoining county radius and set bond in the amount of $500 cash or surety without the application of the 10% provision. The Court also forfeited his previously posted bond.
Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the State of Ohio and the Village of Fredericktown in all of these cases
Published: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 07:26
Written by Martha Trese
By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — Council gave a first reading on Monday night to legislation that gives the city the authority it needs to fully collect the fines for all parking violation tickets issued.
Law Director Rob Broeren told council that although the city parking attendant issues tickets, if the offender does not voluntarily pay the fine, the city has no other recourse to collect the fine.
“We have an informal process now with the Mount Vernon Police Department, but you have to have an explicit appeals process to collect fines,” he said.
The legislation establishes a Parking Violations Bureau to which offenders can appeal if they disagree with the ticket or feel there are extenuating circumstances. Current wording leaves the door open for additional personnel to be hired to serve as violations clerk, hearing examiners and clerical employees; Broeren will amend the legislation before the second reading, making it clear that no additional personnel will be hired.
In response to Councilwoman Janis Seavolt's question as to how much the city should be collecting in fines but is not, Broeren said that a significant number of fines are unpaid. He did not have an actual cost because parking violations are still tracked on a paper system. Councilman Sam Barone said that it seems like “we should be adding up the ledger” to find out a comparison between what the city pays the parking attendant to enforce parking violations and the amount of unpaid fines.
The discussion turned to whether the parking attendant was needed at all. Barone said a survey of downtown merchants would probably show a 50/50 split about enforcing parking, adding that he was waiting to see council chambers crowded with downtown merchants. “We're doing it for them, it's costing us money, and I have never heard a thank you or response from them,” he said.
Councilman John Francis said he was against setting up another bureau.
In other business, council passed emergency legislation authorizing Auditor Terry Scott to pay bills and appropriate money. Appropriations include $2,000 from the Youth Philanthropy Group at the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County to the Youth Assistant Project at juvenile probation; $100 from the Knox County Retired Teachers Association to the MERIT Drug Court; and $240,930 from the Ariel Foundation to the city's tree planting and removal program.
Council also authorized the safety-service director to bid and contract with a vendor for janitorial services and gave a first reading to legislation raising wastewater rates.
Health Commissioner Julie Miller updated council on health department activities. Highlights include:
*Working with Bullock's Drive Thru and Grocery on West High Street to sell fruits and vegetables in the carryout
*Nutrition and cooking programs at the Escape Zone
*Working with Fredericktown and Mount Vernon EMS to do fall safety and medication assessments
*Newborn home visit program
*Parent education program
*Adult work site wellness program with a focus on obesity
Council will hold a public meeting on Monday, Mar. 27, at 7 p.m. in council chambers to review a request to rezone 1199 Newark Road from R-3 multiple family district to general business.
Liquor control permits were received for Mafi LLC, DBA MAFI at 812 Coshocton Ave. Unit 4 (D1) and the Woodward Development Corp., DBA Harvest at the Woodward at 107 S. Main St. (D2 D2).