MOUNT VERNON — An unexpected expense has put another crimp in the city budget, City Engineer Brian Ball reported at the mayor’s weekly press briefing. Ball said the Ohio Department of Transportation has informed the city it will need to pay an additional $62,000 for its share of the paving of Ohio 229 through town and $7,500 for Ohio 586 paving. The increase is mostly related to the cost of curb, gutter and handicapped ramp work the city is responsible for.
Utilities Director Matthias Orndorf said the mailing of monthly bills to the second third of city customers went well, but there was a surprising number of calls from people who didn’t know a water and sewer rate increase was taking place.
He said two or three billing errors occurred. Old coding was discovered and corrected.
He also said traffic on West High Street will be disrupted one day this week, when they have to dig up a major water line valve at the intersection of Fountain and High streets. Orndorf said they can’t close the valve so they will have to find out if they can fix the mechanism or if it will have to be replaced.
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