MOUNT VERNON — The city is planning to take action against one of its problem properties. At the mayor’s weekly press briefing Friday, Property Maintenance Enforcement Officer Greg Bemiller said the owner of 304 E. Ohio Avenue, Lucas Stagg, has failed to comply with an order to clean up the outside.
The Board of Property Maintenance Appeals originally approved the order at its Nov. 2 meeting, pending inspections by the fire department, health department and Bemiller. The order was confirmed at the December meeting.
Bemiller said he allowed the people living in the house to remain there in the winter, but since it appears nothing has been done to clean up the property, he is ordering the house to be vacated, a contractor hired to clean up the outside and the house then boarded up. The cost of the cleanup will be posted as a lien against the property.
Stagg is currently in jail awaiting trial on unrelated charges.
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Coshocton Avenue paving
City Engineer Brian Ball said the city has notified the Ohio Department of Transportation to proceed with the awarding of the U.S. 36 paving project to Kokosing Construction. The city had to come up with an extra $67,000 for the project and Ball said they determined that 60 percent of the cost is for Coshocton Avenue, so the city will be able to pay for that portion of the extra cost using Tax Increment Financing District funds and only 40 percent will have to come from the General Fund.
Ball said the Spice Alley, Green Alley and Wooster Road sewer projects are now out for bids. The cost estimate is $430,000. However, part of that will be the cost of repaving the small parking lot next to the Knox County Common Please Court and the city has a tentative agreement from the county to reimburse the city for that cost.
Ball reported the storm sewer portion of the Pleasant Street project is almost complete. The chlorine and bacteria testing of the new waterline had to be redone, apparently because the new line wasn’t adequately flushed before the tests.