MOUNT VERNON — East High Street between Gay and Park is not reopening as planned.

At the mayor’s weekly press briefing Friday, City Engineer Brian Ball said that the sewer work being done ahead of the U.S. 36 repaving hit an unexpected snag — a bundle of Century Link wires next to the sewer line. Century Link has been notified but Ball said work will not be likely to resume until the beginning of the week.

The bundle of copper wires is actually touching the city line, he said.

Another location issue is delaying the repair of a water line at Vine and Park street.

Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said a service line break was repaired Wednesday, but an older galvanized line needs to be replaced and they can’t dig up the line until Columbia Gas has located its lines in the area.

Ball said he has also been busy this month preparing a letter requesting engineer firms to submit their qualifications to be considered for providing engineering services in connection with a Municipal Stormwater Utility Study.

Orndorf said not very many downtown business representatives received the automatic alerts for the water shutdown this week due to the water line work being done in front of the Woodward this week. He said a valve didn’t work so the had to shut off a larger area than expected. The problem is that many of the people at the businesses who might get alerts are signed up with their home addresses.

“They need to sign up with their downtown business addresses to get the downtown alerts,” he said.


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




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