Council members and administration discuss variety of sidewalk issues

By Melanie Williamson When the Streets, Buildings and Grounds Committee met on Monday, February 11, their agenda included three separate issues all pertaining to sidewalks. The first of the three issues was regarding the ODOT requirements for a safe pedestrian crossing for the Route 6 overpass and the new plan to have sidewalks installed alongContinue reading “Council members and administration discuss variety of sidewalk issues”

City council receives department updates from administrators, continues food truck discussion

The Vermilion City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, October 22. The meeting started with Gwen Fisher sharing an email the council received from Vermilion Parks and Recreation Board President Terry Parker in response to comments made by resident Homer Taft at a previous council meeting. Taft questioned why the parks board seemedContinue reading “City council receives department updates from administrators, continues food truck discussion”

Ordinance No. 2018 – Mobile Food Services

Below is the full draft of the proposed ordinance regarding food trucks in¬†Vermilion. It was made clear during the Monday, September 24, city council¬†legislative¬†committee meeting that this is a rough draft and that any part of this ordinance may be changed or eliminated. The discussion on this draft will continue at the Monday, October 1,Continue reading “Ordinance No. 2018 – Mobile Food Services”

Food trucks show increased interest in Vermilion, but city needs regulations

By Karen Cornelius The Legislative Committee of Vermilion City Council met on Monday night, June 11, and discussed having food trucks in Vermilion. The topic was brought up by mayor Jim Forthofer reporting for the service director, Tony Valerius, who looked at Vermilion’s current legislation on food trucks and trailers and wanted to make recommendationsContinue reading “Food trucks show increased interest in Vermilion, but city needs regulations”

Council approves mayor’s appointment of Amy Hendricks as finance director

By Karen Cornelius Vermilion City Council held a special council meeting on Thursday night, January 11, to vote on one specific item, the appointment of a new city finance director to replace outgoing director Brian Keller. After a call to order, council members went into an executive session for personnel, and then reconvened to unanimouslyContinue reading “Council approves mayor’s appointment of Amy Hendricks as finance director”

Council members are sworn-in, receive assignments, approve appointments

By Karen Cornelius Due to New Year’s Day falling on a Monday, Vermilion City Council was sworn-in on a frigid Tuesday night, January 2, at 7 p.m. by Vermilion Municipal Court Judge Zack Dolyk. At 8 p.m. council held an organizational and regular meeting with the time mandated by the city charter. City council wasContinue reading “Council members are sworn-in, receive assignments, approve appointments”

Committees review Main Street project costs, water bill fees, 2018 streets

By Karen Cornelius Fire chief’s update: The Health and Safety Committee met on Monday night, January 8, and heard an update from Vermilion fire chief Chris Stempowski. The chief said there were 10 incidents in December bringing the total for 2017 at 251 calls. He stated he attended an “Active Shooter” course in Detroit concerningContinue reading “Committees review Main Street project costs, water bill fees, 2018 streets”

Registering Internet BNB rentals, short-term rentals back on city’s agenda

By Karen Cornelius The Legislative Committee met on Monday evening, January 8, and discussed vacation rentals and possible legislation for AirBNB (bed and breakfast) and short-term rentals. Currently there is no regulations for these temporary rentals by property owners offered over the internet where only a credit card is required. There is an ordinance requiringContinue reading “Registering Internet BNB rentals, short-term rentals back on city’s agenda”

Mayor seeks new finance director; Bramhall is new city engineering firm

By Karen Cornelius Vermilion City Council met on Tuesday night, January 2. There was a swearing in for all seven council members at 7 p.m. with Vermilion Municipal Court Judge Zack Dolyk doing the honors. An organization and regular meeting was held at 8 p.m. as stipulated by the city charter. After calling the regularContinue reading “Mayor seeks new finance director; Bramhall is new city engineering firm”

Committees discuss historic district zone, street budget, parking ban

By Karen Cornelius Fire chief’s report: The Health and Safety Committee of city council met on Monday, December 11. Fire chief Chris Stempowski reported 18 incidents in November bringing a total of 241 for the year. He said the bottles used for breathing were tested, and the boats, trailer, and other rescue equipment have allContinue reading “Committees discuss historic district zone, street budget, parking ban”