MOUNT VERNON — Leaf collection got off to good start this week, Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle reported at the mayor’s weekly press briefing, despite delays due to some rain and cold, plus a broken piece of equipment that put one truck out of operation for part of a day.
“We’re still close to being on schedule,” he said, but advised people check the schedule posted on the city’s website to find out when their area is likely to be collected.
Collection is also being slowed down by being unable to hire a full team of leaf rakers. Normally they hire four for each of the three trucks (a total of 12), but he was only able to hire eight this year, so two trucks have a crew of three rakers and one has a crew on only two.
Meanwhile, Hinkle is keeping one eye on Tuesday, when possible rain and snow is in the forecast for the morning.
As a precaution, he said, they’ve gone ahead and prepared the truck that isn’t in use for leaf collection for snow removal and salt spreading.
It will take about three hours to convert the trucks if we get a heavy snow, he said, but they’ll be able to work on the worst areas with the one truck.
Hinkle also said they are going into the winter with a full salt barn with an estimated 900 to 1,000 tons of salt.
He also said he has been informed that Small’s Asphalt will be at work in the coming week, repairing the dig on East High Street where the old cistern was filled in, as well as numerous other small holes from utility work around town.
Parks and Buildings
Parks, Buildings and Lands Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported that the Law Director’s office will move into its new room in the Plaza Building on Nov. 30.
The next goose hunts at Ariel-Foundation Park are scheduled for Dec. 8 and 14. Applications are available at the Parks Office at 307 Wooster Road. The deadline is Dec. 5 and the mandatory drawing and orientation will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the C.A.&C. Depot at 501 Main St.
The last hunts Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 produced only seven and five geese harvested, respectively.
All park restrooms have been winterized and closed for the season.
Two trees, a pine tree and a Buckeye will be removed from the northwest section of Public Square. He said they are not healthy and a tree expert has recommended their removal. A maple tree is already in place to replace one and a second tree may be planted in the spring.
The lighting project on the Viaduct is complete and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the C.A.&C. Depot.
Work on Clay Street, where a water line replacement project found an unknown water line, has been temporarily suspended. Director Mathias Orndorf said the determined the line served only the Subway shop, and since it is now served by the new line, they will be able to tear off the old line, but will wait for a school break or holiday before disrupting traffic on Mount Vernon Avenue.
On Parrott Street, Epley said the last courses of the intermediate layer of Parrott Street were being paved Friday. The driveway ramp entrances are to be paved with concrete.
Epley said the traffic light can’t be erected yet, so the city will turn it into a four-way stop until the utility poles can be erected and the lights put up.
American Electric Power and Century Link also still have to complete work relocating poles and lines before the traffic poles of the other system can be erected.
Concrete work is done in Green Alley. It will reopen seven days after the concrete was poured.
Wooster Road remains closed for a sewer project, but Epley said he hopes to have the road opened soon for at least one-way traffic.