Joshua Morrison/News Work will begin soon in the alleyway on the south side of the Knox County Courthouse. It was recently discovered that up to three sewer lines drained into a storm sewer under the alleyway.

MOUNT VERNON — The city’s Engineering Department is working on plans to make emergency sewer repairs in Spice Alley.

Engineer Brian Ball explained during the mayor’s weekly press briefing that, while studying drainage problems in the alley next to the Knox County Courthouse, sanitary sewers from three buildings were found to connect to storm sewers. The buildings are the Juvenile Probation building behind the courthouse, the Giles Law Group office building and the Fowler dentist office across High Street. The connections were apparently missed when sanitary sewers were installed in the area years ago.

Ball said he doesn’t know yet how much the project will cost and he’s hoping city crews can do much of the work.

The EPA has been notified of the situation and Ball said they hope to get the work underway in October or November.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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