MOUNT VERNON — Mayor Richard Mavis announced that the Planning Commission meeting postponed Thursday due to an overflowing crowd, will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Station Break Senior Citizen Center.
The larger conference room, which can hold up to 180 people (100 seats will be set up), will be used.
The Planning Commission meeting had to be postponed when the Council Chambers reached its capacity of 65 people and another 20 people were standing in the hallway, hoping to get in. The commission was to consider an application to rezone the property at 197 Mansfield Ave. from R-1 (single family residential) to R-3 (multi-family residential).
Riverside Residential Recovery Services bought and remodeled the house, and can operate in an R-1 zone, but is limited to five clients. In an R-3, they can accommodate 16.
Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle reported that a sudden wind storm that hit about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday caused several trees and limbs to fall. One fell across Martinsburg Road south of Pine Street. It broke power lines and wound up laying across Spectrum lines.
The city closed Martinsburg Road while AEP cut power to its lines so the city was able to remove the tree. Then Spectrum could get its lines back up.
Another tree came down on Craig Drive, a decent-sized limb came down on Orchard Drive West, another came down at Chestnut and Highland and half a pine tree came down in a dead-end alley near Birch Street.
The first significant snow of the season then had the salt trucks out Wednesday morning to salt hills and brick streets.
The rest of the week, he said, crews have been out straightening and replacing signs and making sure the big trucks are ready for possible snow expected this weekend.
Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said the water will be shut off about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on Vine Street between Main and Gay streets to allow the removal of the old fire hydrant at the northeast corned of Vine and Gay. The hydrant has been leaking for a long time and a new one was installed at the southeast corner of the intersection, allowing the old one to be removed. A boil advisory will be issued.
Orndorf said the water will probably be off for two to three hours.
He is also still working on what options they have for sludge disposal, but they probably have two months before storage becomes a problem.
City Engineer Brian Ball said the traffic control cabinet for Parrott Street has been built, but not delivered yet. The cabinet will probably be installed next week, but the light will be on flash for a while. The pedestrian lights will not work until the railroad completes installation and testing of its new controllers.
Ball also reported he has been working with the Ohio Department of Transportation on the Mount Vernon Road bridge project. It will begin with the removal and replacement of the south side of the bridge, followed by the approaches and the first part of Cougar Drive, then the bike trail and the north side of the bridge.
One lane of the bridge will be kept open during construction, but alternative routes, for both motorists and the bike path, will be posted. ODOT has not set a date for beginning the project.
Mavis said he has recruited 10 people so far to serve on the Stormwater Action Committee to study the ways to set up and fund a stormwater utility. He said he would like to have two more members.
Mavis said a meeting was also held this week with representatives of Danberry Senior Housing. The company is looking at developing 75 to 80 senior apartment units off Coshocton Avenue in the area of Venture Lane.
The tile project on the first floor of the Plaza Building is complete, Parks and Buildings Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported.
Tile was replaced in the lobby, the first floor public restrooms, one office and hallway, the police training room and the police locker rooms.
Winter maintenance of mowers and other equipment continues in both the Parks and Cemetery departments.
The city received one bid for the 1992 Sutphen aerial truck no longer used by the Fire Department. John Harrison, a farmer, submitted bid of $7,551, which was more than the scrap value and so was accepted.