MOUNT VERNON — The city will not be getting an extra $100,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation to help cover the costs of the improvements at the intersection of Ohio 13 and Commerce Drive.
Mayor Richard Mavis said the city was notified this week that the city was not eligible for the additional money because it had started work at the intersection before the required annexation was complete.
However, Mavis noted, the city was also facing a deadline for finishing the project, or it would lose a $150,000 Jobs Ohio grant for the project, which cost a total of $252,976.98.
The ODOT official who originally indicated Mount Vernon was eligible for the grant subsequently retired and was not involved in the final decision.
Vine to open
Mavis reported he learned at the meeting of the Woodward Development Advisory Committee this week that sidewalk and exterior work should be completed and Vine Street opened by Friday, Sept. 29.
He said they also got to tour the project and commented that the Woodward “will be a great asset to the city and business district.”