MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City workers had to deal with several unexpected items during the week.
Last Saturday’s storm knocked down a couple of trees and several branches in the city, keeping the street department busy, Superintendent Tom Hinkle reported Friday.
A tree across the road in the 200 block of East Hamtramck Street closed the road to traffic for some time until the city workers could clear it Saturday. Hinkle said another smaller tree fell on McKenzie Street between Gambier and Vine. The department also cleared branches that had fallen around town.
“We had limbs come down here and there; not like blocking the road limbs. They fell down in tree lawn areas or sidewalks and we had to go around and clean up on Monday. So we spent some time Monday dealing with what those winds caused,” Hinkle said.
The street department was also busy, trying to finish up some patch work around the city. Several areas where there had been water line breaks, as well as a few alleys, were patched up while there is still hot asphalt available. Hinkle also wanted to get as many potholes fixed before winter sets in and creates even more.
The city is now preparing the equipment for leaf pickup, which is expected to begin Nov. 5. Hinkle said the city is trying to give residents a better time frame when they will be picking up leaves on their streets. He said they will list the streets to have leaf pickup on the web site, www.mountvernonohio.org, and try giving a three-day window so residents can better plan on getting leaves raked to the curb.
“Hopefully, this will help give them closer to an exact time that we will be on their street,” Hinkle said.
He also mentioned the city is accepting applications for seasonal workers to help with leaf pickup. Approximately 10 workers are needed and those desiring a job can call 740-393-9501.
Assistant to the Engineer Jason Epley reported they are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel for the South Main Street and Parrott Street intersection work. He said workers were pouring curbing Thursday and Friday on Parrott and Adamson streets and on the east side of South Main. The concrete curbs take several days to cure, so they are putting steel plates over top the curbs so residents can get into their homes.
They will be laying down an aggregate base on those roads beginning Monday and Tuesday and will hopefully, he said, start laying the base and intermediate asphalt layers down on some of the roads Wednesday.
“The roads won’t be all the way open, but we hope to access the drive thru then,” Epley said. “We’re shooting to get the road opened in mid-November.”
Epley also reported they will be working on a handicap ramp from the sidewalk on Coshocton and Upper Gilchrist roads to make it safer for pedestrians to cross Coshocton.
Parks Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported two sections of concrete were replaced this week in the city. The first was the men’s restroom entrance at Hiawatha Park and the other was on Taylor Road at the north edge of Mound View Cemetery.
The parks department has begun shutting down drinking fountains in the parks in preparation of the cold weather. The restrooms remain open at Memorial, Riverside, Ariel-Foundation and Phillips parks.