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Mayor Richard Mavis - ex-officio
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Richard Mavis, ex officio, Mount Vernon mayor
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Mayor Richard Mavis
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Mayor Richard Mavis
[The following appeared in the February 15 edition of the Mount Vernon News.]
Proud of the city's progress, and optimistic about its future, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard K. Mavis has announced he will seek re-election next November to the office he has held since 1996.
"I look forward to my re-election campaign as an opportunity to share with Mount Vernon
city voters what I believe is a solid record of accomplishment, and to share my vision for the next four years," Mavis
Among the accomplishments Mavis
is eager to discuss are the construction of a new central fire station, water treatment plant and the Hiawatha Water Park/ Pool; infrastructure improvements along the Coshocton Avenue business corridor and in downtown Mount Vernon; re-engineering of major intersections along Mount Vernon
Avenue and Edgewood Road; programmed restoration of brick streets in historic neighborhoods and the conversion of Chestnut Street and South Gay Street to accommodate heavy traffic; acquisition and preliminary development of Foundation Park, and the implementation of EPA
mandated improvements at the Cougar Drive wastewater treatment plant.
"I am particularly proud that the city of Mount Vernon
has been able to move forward on many of these projects, and sustain basic services to it citizens, during an economic crisis that severely stressed so many other cities and counties in the region," said Mavis
"We are blessed in Mount Vernon
with knowledgeable and hard-working personnel in every department, as well as dedicated bi-partisan leadership on City Council."
credited the city's diverse business and industrial base for its ability to attract and retain jobs, thereby supporting a broad revenue base at moderate levels of taxation.
's income tax rate has not increased throughout Mavis'
"Whoever has the privilege of serving as mayor for the next four years, the primary focus needs to be keeping Mount Vernon
competitive, not only in Ohio but regionally and nationally, in the constant quest for job-creating businesses and industry," Mavis
"We help ourselves in this effort by paying attention to matters of infrastructure, maintaining a robust park system, sustaining efficient emergency and safety forces, and keeping taxes as low as possible.
All of these elements contribute to the high quality of life we enjoy in Mount Vernon
And quality of life, in turn, attracts and retains jobs in our community."
wife, Peggy, have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
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Mayor Richard Mavis - mayor of Mount Vernon and former Knox County Commissioner
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Mount Vernon Mayor Richard K. Mavis announced he will seek re-election next year to the job "he still wakes up excited to go to each day, in the city whose future he cares deeply about."
Since taking the helm in City Hall in 1996, Mavis
has played the leading role in modernizing infrastructure and safety services, promoting commerce and industry, and expanding recreational opportunities in Mount Vernon
"We are one of Ohio's most desirable small cities today , thanks in large part to dedicated city workers, elected officials, City Council members, and involved citizens, who have joined me in keeping one eye on the future while effectively managing our day-to-day challenges.
We are especially proud of the fact we have accomplished all that we have in the past 20 years with no increase in taxes," Mavis
Among the accomplishments Mavis
considers most significant during his
tenure are the widening of the Coshocton Avenue corridor to Upper Gilchrist Road; the construction of a state-of-theart water treatment plant and implementation of EPAmandated upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant; relocation and construction of a modern central fire station; construction of the Hiawatha Water Park/Pool and Foundation Park expansion; major roadway enhancements at Mount Vernon
Avenue, Edgewood Road, Gay Street, Chestnut Street, the KCH crossover from Yauger to Coshocton Road and elsewhere; and continuous improvement of the central business district.
said some of the most important civic advancements during his
administration haven't involved bricks and mortar.
"I am very proud of the fact that since 1998, all new firefighters have been required to also be paramedics, which not only saves lives, but also makes good business sense.
We also save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in outside contractor fees by employing a small, but productive, inhouse engineering staff," Mavis
Mayor Mavis also mentioned implementation of citywide curbside recycling services; the employment of a code enforcement officer; creation of the Greater Downtown Management Council and recent actions in support of the Mount Vernon Parking Company as examples of "little things" that add greatly to the quality of life in Mount Vernon.
"My desire to continue serving as Mount Vernon
Mayor is an acknowledgment that our work is not yet done," Mavis
concluded, "I look forward in the months ahead to sharing my record of accomplishments as mayor, as well as my vision for a vibrant and welcoming City of Mount Vernon