MOUNT VERNON — A water outage will take place Monday morning to repair a leak at McArthur and East High Street. Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said the outage will probably last two to three hours and will extend from McKenzie to Catherine on both sides of High Street.

Notice will be put out on the WENS system and on Facebook. A boil advisory will be in effect when the water is restored.

Water is also an issue in the Parrott Street area, although this is better news. Orndorf said the new water line has passed its pressure test and the first bacteria test. A second bacteria test will be read today and if it passes, crews will start hooking up customer water lines, probably Tuesday. Pits have already been dug in anticipation of making the connections.

The connections should only take a few minutes at each residence.


Superintendent Tom Hinkle said crews spent most of the week hauling street sweepings to a landfill near Glenford. They have so far hauled 181 tons of sweepings. The cost of dumping the sweepings, not including trucking and personnel costs, is $10,000.

Striping on city streets has been completed. Striping on the U.S. 36 project will be done by the contractor and is supposed to start today west of Public Square.

Hinkle said they have also been repairing water digs, especially those in brick streets and in the coming week he expects to begin repairing a sink area on North Mulberry Street near Burgess Street. Weather will determine when that work begins.

Hinkle said they also expect to soon begin a project on South Main Street in conjunction with the Shade Tree Commission. He said they will take out some trees and will also remove 18 small tree fences around some of the trees. They will also be replacing the power outlets at 36 tree locations.

He said he expects that work to begin the first or second week of October.

Hinkle also looked at the traffic light at Parrott and Newark Road and found a sensor was damaged. The light has been adjusted.

Parks and Buildings

Superintendent Dave Carpenter said the IT portion of the creation of the new Law Director’s office should be completed by Sept. 26. Flooring has been ordered but no installation date has been set, and the lighting was being installed Friday.

Fall maintenance has begun at Hiawatha Water Park. The mushroom feature was painted this week, warranty repairs to the Pebble Flex surface were completed and the exhaust fan in the pump room was replaced.


Engineer Brian Ball said the Ohio Department of Transportation report that the Ohio 768 paving project should be completed by the end of next week.

He also reported that Carpenter Marty Transportation, the contractor who did the origin/destination study on eastern Mount Vernon, has prepared a a one-page summary of the data, which is available on the city’s Facebook page and website. It can also be obtained at the mayor’s office or the engineering office in City Hall. The public meeting on the study and the Edgewood Avenue traffic situation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at City Hall.


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




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