MOUNT VERNON — In the wake of Thursday evening’s Parrott Street project meeting, City Engineer Brian Ball said the city will take a look at the Parrott Street/Newark Road traffic light to see if anything can be done to allow residents of Delano Street to more easily turn left onto northbound Newark Road.

Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle will look at putting up reminder signs for people turning onto a side street from Columbus Road that they are in a 25 mph zone.


Despite the rain early in the week, Hinkle said the department has completed the “long line” painting on city streets. The project used 130 gallons of yellow paint, 160 gallons of white and 1,200 pounds of glass beads (mixed into the paint for increased visibility).

A large limb fell on McKenzie Street between High and Vine Saturday and another fell on Clinton Street Monday.

He reported Greenwich Electric is in town installing battery backups for the traffic signals at four intersections: Mount Vernon Avenue and Newark Road, the Chestnut and Park intersection, Vernonview and Coshocton and Upper Gilchrist and Coshocton.

The units keep the signals working for at least 24 hour if the power goes out. A few other intersections already have them.

He said the department will be hitting utility digups hard this week, especially those on brick streets.

A large tree on Mulberry Street had to be taken down quickly as the trunk had split and it was in danger of falling.


After the success of the first special goose hunt at Ariel-Foundation Park when 42 geese were harvested, the take fell off to 11 the second day.

Superintendent Dave Carpenter said he has scheduled four more hunts to help reduce the park’s goose population. They will be held Friday, Oct. 20, Friday, Nov. 2, Saturday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 14. information on drawings in early October for the permits will be announced later.

Excavation work continues on the inclusive playground being constructed at Memorial Park in a cooperative effort of the Knox County Health Department and Department of Developmental Disabilities, plus the Foundation Park Conservancy and the city.

Carpenter said they will have to move a second tree for the project. That will be done next week.


A total of 118 shutoff notices were sent out this week, reported Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf. He said that an average number, maybe even a few less than normal.

A boil advisory had to be issued when a 6-inch waterline on Marma Drive split Monday.

He said a new 10-inch line to serve the hospital’s new addition will be tested Monday. The line only serves the hospital and a nearby vet clinic, so no other businesses will be affected.

Trees removed

A caller reported a couple trees had been removed on Vine and Catherine streets and wanted to know why it hadn’t been cleaned up. A drive to the area revealed the stumps of the trees on Vine the Shade Tree Commission had arranged to be removed had been groundout, the ground leveled and the area cleaned up. Some sidewalk bricks were stacked nearby to be reset when the ground settles. The logs from the tree on Catherine were still stacked by the street. The contractor arranges for their removal, which city officials said sometimes takes a few days.


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




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