MOUNT VERNON — City and county officials, representatives of Rolls Royce and officials from other localities met this week with the new Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 Deputy Director, David Ray. Mayor Richard Mavis said it gave them the chance to discuss several transportation issues facing the local community.
Among those topics was the city having to pay for resurfacing part of East High Street because the section in front of the County Service Building is deteriorating too quickly for the city to wait for the resurfacing scheduled by the state two years from now. When the city paves a state route, the state pays 80 percent of the cost if it is done when the state schedules the project. If the city repaves it at another time, the city pays the whole cost.
The mayor also urged the state to consider changing the asphalt formula it has been using. He said in shaded areas, the asphalt the state specifies starts “unraveling.” City Engineer Cameron Keaton has changed the formula the city uses and it seems to work better; however it is more expensive.
He also continued to urge the state to replace “Mt.” with “Mount” on signs referring to Mount Vernon as signs are replaced.
City Hall received phone calls and emails from all over the world this week about an agency that is not even run by the city — the Knox County Animal Shelter. Apparently, a story claiming that Bosco, the dog who nipped the dog warden on the thumb during an examination, appeared on Facebook saying the dog was scheduled for euthanasia as a result and gave city and county addresses and phone numbers to contact.
Mayoral Assistant Tanya Newell said the city received 19 phone calls and 70 emails. Messages came from as far away as Australia and The Netherlands, as well as Canada, Minnesota, Virginia, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and South Dakota.
A number of calls were also received at the county commissioners’ office, but a count was not available.
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