MOUNT VERNON — The city’s project to rebuild the front steps of City Hall hit a snag this week and will require extra work.
City Engineer Brian Ball said the contractor for the project was installing the forms for pouring the concrete caps on top of the brick side arms when he found they were out of level.
Further investigation of the base of the arms found they are sitting at least partly on the original steps, which are broken and crumbling. Ball said they will need to be removed and a new foundation built.
Estimates for the cost of the extra work are being prepared and he is confidant the total cost will remain within the budget because of the contingency fund they included in the estimates.
Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle reported they have completed the second round of leaf collection and all but one truck will be converted for snow removal and salt application.
One truck will be retained for leaf collection for another week to pick up individual piles of leaves that are reported to 740-393-9501 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. before Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The drop-off site near the west entrance to Ariel-Foundation Park will remain open until Dec. 16 for those who want to dispose of their own leaves. This is for loose leaves only. All bags and other containers must be removed after they are emptied.
The city has collected 247 truckloads of leaves this year, well over the 160 loads collected last year. That’s because the leaves have been wet and they cannot load as many onto a truck as when they are dry.
“We’ve also been lucky. The three snow and ice incidents we had we were able to handle with one truck spreading salt,” he said.
Hinkle also did an estimate of the major costs of leaf collection, which are labor and fuel. He estimated the total cost at nearly $65,000, which includes $3,000 for diesel fuel for the trucks, $1,200 for the off-road diesel for the leaf machines, $50,000 for wages and benefits for regular employees and $10,000 for seasonal employees.
Parks and Buildings
The Law Director’s Office was moving Friday into the renovated space on the second floor of the Plaza Building, Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported.
The renovation project for the restrooms that are near the tennis courts at Memorial Park began this week. All exterior siding and rim is being replaced or refinished. Skylight windows are also being replaced.
Goose hunting applications are still being accepted for the Dec. 8 and 14 hunts at Ariel-Foundation Park. Deadline is 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Parks/Cemetery Office at 307 Wooster Road.
Students from Knox County Career Center planted daffodil bulbs in the downtown flower and tree bed Friday. Students were also doing tree plantings at Mound View Cemetery, Pleasant Street, Mulberry Street, Decatur Drive and North Main Street.
Court probation volunteers are beginning a project today to paint areas on the first floor of the Plaza Building, beginning with the first floor lobby. They also went through the entire building and did a thorough cleaning of all surfaces to help cut down on the spread of germs.
A water main break on Clinton Road between Pearl Avenue and Old Mansfield Road the day after Thanksgiving resulted in a boil advisory, but it was lifted the next evening, Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf reported.
Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels reported he had signed the necessary permits for Dunkin’ Donuts to begin work on the West High Street location. However, he said they gave no indication how soon work would start.
Work is continuing on the wiring for the new traffic light at Parrott and South Main Street, Ball reported. The bases have all been poured, but have to finish curing before the masts can be installed. Ball said the contractor is checking on when the control box will be completed and can be installed.
Pouring was scheduled on Friday afternoon for a curb and retaining wall on the northeast corner.
Ball said AEP has been working to move power lines, but Century Link still has wiring on two of the poles that are in the right of way.