MOUNT VERNON — The Parrott Street/South Main Street intersection has reopened.
Jason Epley, assistant to the city engineer, said at the mayor’s weekly press briefing Friday that the intersection was reopening as a four-way stop. Temporary striping, consisting of center lines and stop bars, are being painted and “Stop Ahead” and “Construction Zone” signs warn drivers approaching the intersection.
However, Epley said, “I don’t know how long the lines will last because it has been so wet and cold.”
Work continues by Century Link, Spectrum and AEP to move service lines. Century Link told the city they expect to have their lines moved and the poles that have been left in the paved area removed in the next week or two.
“We had to go ahead and pave the intersection with the poles still there or we wouldn’t have been able to pave before winter at all,” Epley said. “When the poles are removed we will probably have to fill them with concrete up to the present pavement level and when they come back to lay the top layer of asphalt in the spring, they’ll be able to just pave over the concrete plugs.”
Mayor Richard Mavis said the situation with the poles in the street has been an “embarrassment” to the city and the other agencies involved. He said the city has constantly been after everyone to comply with the plans laid out at the preconstruction meeting held in the spring.
Epley said the railroad expects to go to bid soon on its part of the project which is to raise the track level six inches. That needs to be done before July 1 because that is when County Engineer Cameron Keaton hopes to begin the bridge replacement project at the west end of Parrott Street.
Work also continues with the pouring of concrete entrances to driveways in the project area, which Epley said he hopes is done in the next three or four weeks. Priority is being given to driveways on Parrott Street so residents don’t have to park on the street.
Epley also reported that the sewer work on Wooster Road is essentially complete, but they have to repave a driveway. He expects Wooster Road to reopen Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
The rain and snow has also disrupted the city’s leaf collection efforts. Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle reported.
“We are a little behind on the leaf pick-up due to weather events,” but added that they still hoped to start the second and final round of leaf pick-ups Friday. Residents need to have their leaves ready for pick-up. The leaf pick-up schedule on the city website is updated regularly.
So far, the city has picked up 122 loads of leaves this year.
No leaves were collected Thursday, but workers had to come in early to spread salt on brick streets and bridges due to the ice. Also on Thursday, there were numerous cases of limbs falling due to ice build-up.
The mayor reported that the third officer hired June 25, Austin Johnston, has graduated from the police academy and will begin working on the street Sunday, riding with a training officer.
Parks and Buildings
New LED lighting was installed at the cemetery office and the last LED fixture was installed in the Law Director’s office.
Recycling and regular dumpsters will soon be removed from all parks for the winter and the last three port-a-pots are scheduled to be removed.
The Rastin Observation Tower at Ariel-Foundation Park will be open, weather permitting, during the winter.
Signs not city’s
The mayor reported the city has received a number of calls from people reporting that signs from the state paving project were still on their property. He said those signs are not the city’s and the city has no authority to remove them. Epley has been in touch with the Ohio Department of Transportation about the signs.
Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said water shut-off notices will be mailed out Dec. 4. He said the notices normally go out on the first Tuesday after the first Friday, but December starts on Saturday and he wants to keep the schedule as close to regular as possible. February will also be an irregular month, he noted.
A ceremony to turn on the new lights under the Viaduct will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the C.A.&C. Depot.