MOUNT VERNON — Winter events continue to use up salt and pile up overtime in the Street Department, a tired Superintendent Tom Hinkle reported Friday at the mayor’s weekly press briefing.
Since Jan. 4, he said, the department has totaled 393 hours of overtime and has used about 1,000 tons of salt. (Last week, 700 hours of overtime was erroneously reported.)
Saturday, two drivers were called in for four hours to salt problem areas. Sunday morning, four drivers were in but then Tuesday the morning shift was called in at 2:30 a.m. and worked through their regular schedule as well.
Friday a shift was called out at 12:30 a.m.
“We totaled 93 hours of overtime for the four events this week,” he said. “I’ve already ordered another 300 tons of salt, which we should start getting today or Monday.”
The plow on the small truck broke Friday, but he didn’t have an estimate on the repair yet. All the large plows are in service.
Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf said only 24 frozen water services were reported this month, fewer than occurred last year, although he didn’t have the exact number from last year.
He said some were not frozen at the meter where the service passed to close under a driveway or elsewhere.
He also said the old camera they have been using to examine sewer lines broke this week while checking lines in the North View and Stump Street area.
Workers were also kept busy this week at lift stations keeping heaters on so they would not freeze.
With the budget approved, Parks, Buildings and Public Lands Superintendent Dave Carpenter said they now know what equipment purchases and projects are on tap for 2019.
At the cemetery, two front-mounted zero-turn mowers will be replaced, as will one of the utility vehicles used to haul supplies and personnel around the cemetery.
In Parks, one of the mid-size, 35 horsepower tractors will be replaced with a 72-inch mid-mount mower. The old unit will be traded in.
Also to be replaced is the 2005 3/4-ton dump truck with utility bed. The old truck will be traded in or sold by sealed bid.
At the Plaza Building, the elevator controls will be updated and the control room for the elevator will be relocated. Replacing the control will allow more option for operating the elevator and improving security.
The lock systems on the first floor of the Plaza Building will be updated and improved.
The front entry doors at city hall are being evaluated, or they may look into improving the entry doors of individual offices.
The renovation of Council Chambers will take place when the front steps are completed (so they can remove the pew from the room.)
Plans being altered
Ball said he continued meeting this week with representatives of Mount Vernon High School and Mount Vernon Nazarene University to coordinate the installation of a water line and extension of Yellow Jacket Drive with location of the school bus garage and the location of the college’s planned lacrosse/soccer field.
The city is finally ready to file the paperwork for the annexation of the newer section of Ariel-Foundation Park, which Mayor Richard Mavis said would be done in the coming week. City Engineer Brian Ball said a lot of research went into preparing the annexation map for the 98.5 acres, but the map has been approved by the county Map Department.