MOUNT VERNON — A meeting Thursday between the city and representatives of the various agencies working on the Parrott Street/South Main Street intersection went well said City Engineer Brian Ball.

He thinks there will be improved coordination between them on the project.

The Genessee and Wyoming Railroad has agreed to let AEP move their three-phase service line and the various utilities agreed to ways to improve communications to prevent incidents like the gas line break this week.

Among other things, Ball said, the gas line will remain exposed while work is being done in the area.

Ball said about 1,000 feet of water line has been installed along South Main Street and they should begin testing it next week. Some brief outages may occur.

Ball said they will try to notify residents of any planned outages using conventional media, social media and even door hangers.

River Cleanup

The final organizational event for the 2018 Kokosing State Scenic River Cleanup was held this week. The event is set for Sept. 15. Complete information and sign-up sheet can be found on the Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention web page, or you can email inquiries to Randy Canterbury at

Park clearing

Work has begun on the proposed mini-park at Madison and Marion streets. Carpenter said one large sycamore will be saved, but most growth there is “trash” and he said the Shade Tree Commission will be asked to suggest plantings.

Most of the streets that have been closed for construction and paving are reopened, with the exception of Parrott, Adamson, Delano and South Main streets.


Vine Street was to be at least partially reopened Friday, although some equipment will still be parked there.

Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle said Friday that he has removed all the other street closed and detour signs downtown. Any closing or detours will be determined by Kokosing Construction as they complete the U.S. 36 paving through town.

He said the curbing was poured on East High Street on Monday and the tiling and back filling on Eastwood Street was completed this week, but the fill needs to settle before they are repaved.

Painting of intersection continues and a couple dead trees had to be removed, one in front of Foster’s on West High Street, the other on Gambier at Division Street.

When Public Square was repainted this week, the handicapped spaces in front of First-Knox National Bank and City Hall were moved so the are better positions to utilize the handicapped ramps.

Hinkle also reminded residents that if they observe street light problems, they should report it to American Electric Power directly by going to the AEP website at, clicking on Outages and Problems and then, on the left, Report Street Light Problems.

If, for some reason, a person cannot access the Internet, the Street Department can report it, but you will likely see response sooner by going to the AEP site.

Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said they were fortunate this week when they replaced the old galvanized water line in Spice Alley, they were able to do it under pressure and no boil advisory was needed.


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



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