MOUNT VERNON — Demolition of the Curtis Inn is expected to start by the second week of February, Mayor Richard Mavis and Safety/Service Director Dave Glass announced at the mayor’s weekly press briefing. If all goes as planned, the existing building will be gone by the end of April.
Mavis and Glass met this week with Denny Taylor and Scott Peterson, representing Mount Vernon Nazarene University, to get an update on the project.
Glass noted that surveyors have already been working at the site and an asbestos survey has been under way on the building.
Mavis and Glass said that once work begins, the sidewalk in front of the building on South Main Street and around the side to the old Masonic temple building, will have to be closed, along with the section of sidewalk on the west side of Gay Street along that side of the hotel.
Replacement of the sidewalks is part of the project.
Construction of the new building should begin this spring and Mavis said the university is optimistic that it will be up by the end of the year.
Police chief test
The Civil Service test for the job of Mount Vernon Police chief will be given at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4. The job was posted Thursday morning, after Robert “Kit” Morgan signed the agreement that will reduce his rank to corporal, making him ineligible to try for the chief’s post. Corporals will not be eligible to take the test unless there are not at least two candidates from the ranks of captain and sergeant.
Whether he would be able to take the test for captain (if not enough sergeants take the test) is unclear and would probably have to be referred to the Civil Service Commission for a ruling, Mavis said.
The chief’s test will be held sooner than expected.
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