Joshua Morrison/News

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News


MOUNT VERNON — The city has scheduled two public meetings, one about Parrott Street, the other about Edgewood Road.

Mayor Richard Mavis, City Engineer Brian Ball and the job superintendent from the Layton Company will hold an informational meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 for residents of the Parrott Street construction area. They will “share construction phases, area of the project, time frame of the project, impact on resident activity and the expected end results of the project.”

The meeting will take place in City Hall Council Chambers.

The second meeting is Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Ball is having Carpenter Marty Transportation tabulate the results of the origin and destination report for traffic on Edgewood Road in easily understood tables and charts.

That work is supposed to be done by Sept. 19 and the city will make the charts available for study prior to Oct. 4 meeting.

Both meetings will allow time for questions.

Construction has already begun at Parrott and city Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said water crews have been there “eight to 10 times” already to fix water line breaks.

Orndorf said a water outage will occur Tuesday as they connect a new 6-inch main and pressurize it to check for leaks.

He also said a crew will be working on an old fire hydrant at Pine and South Main, installing a shut-off valve.

He said they decided to do the hydrant work now so that they will only have one outage, which they hope will last only two or three hours, and one boil advisory.

Affected residents have already been sent notices of the upcoming outage. It will also be on Facebook and the WENS network.

Orndorf said the breaks in the area have been caused by the combination of old lines and vehicles passing over the line with less cover over them as the work to lower the street surface continues.

Storm water

The mayor said he and Ball have selected three firms to interview about consulting on establishing a stormwater utility, he said those interviews have been scheduled for the coming week and they present a recommendation to City Council at its Sept. 10 meeting.


Jason Epley, assistant to the city engineer, said Kokosing Construction will not be paving this weekend, but will be clearing manholes and pouring concrete. Paving will resume Tuesday night.

He also reported that the sewer line has been installed in Spice Alley from Vine Street to Attorney Jim Giles’ office, but the work can’t continue until a zero-turn hoe (designed to work in confined places) is available to rent, so crews will move to Wooster Road for that sewer project.

A section of Wooster Road will be closed late next week, Epley said, with the official detour using U.S. 36 and Ohio 768.


Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle said workers completed the installation of 160 feet of storm tile on Eastwood Avenue, including replacing the lid of a vault that houses some key valves in the water system. Orndorf explained the valves regulate the different pressures in the water system created by the different heights of the reservoirs.

Hinkle said they have completed line painting in the city except for the “long lines,” which should be done about the second week of September. That also doesn’t include the U.S. 36 permanent lines, which are part of the state paving project.

Otherwise, he said, street crews have been trimming branches to aid visibility in the area of Ames Street and South Main Street, cleaned up a tree that had rotted out and fallen over at Mulberry and Phillips and removed the traffic light at Mulberry and Hamtramck.


Parks Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported that pickle ball players have purchased a sun/wind screen for the courts at Riverside Drive, and parks personnel helped install it Aug. 23.

Painting, electrical work and the ceiling have been completed in the new Law Director’s Office in the Plaza Building. There are some Internet and telephone connections to complete and the flooring contractor is working on the quote for the carpeting and tile.

Ariel-Foundation Park will be closed until 1 p.m. Sept. 5 and 7 for the controlled early-season goose hunts. Twenty-one hunters have applied for permits to participate.

Fire test

Civil Service Administrator Tony DeIuliis said 14 firefighters have signed to take the lieutenant’s test. The date for the test has tentatively been set for Nov. 14.

To qualify for the test, a firefighter has to have five year of experience.


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




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