MOUNT VERNON — Lights and hot food concessions will be out at Dan Emmett Park after a tractor trailer clipped some power lines on Nuce Road.

Mount Vernon City Parks Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported Friday that power will be out at the park for at least two weeks. The power was taken out by a truck that caught some overhead lines, snapping two poles.

As the lines came out, they pulled the concession stand’s meter box along with it. The box came out through the roof, which will also need repaired.

Carpenter said day games can still go on, and concessions may be able to bring in cold food, stored in coolers.

An assessment of the damage is on-going, Carpenter said.

Carpenter further reported that the Hiawatha pool heating system project is about “70 percent complete.” The construction of the new heating system room has necessitated relocating some fencing on the pool’s east side, and Carpenter said he just learned the permitting fees are expected to be around $1,600.

The Ohio Department of Health’s public pool division will handle the permit.

“I don’t know how they got at that number but it is going to cost us,” Carpenter said.

The C A & C Depot has been officially turned over to the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

The city owns the depot, but the Ariel-Foundation Park Conservancy holds the lease on the building, Carpenter said.

Carpenter said the chamber will pay utilities at the depot but will not be charged rent, according to the terms of the lease. The city will have the benefit of a tenant to keep an eye on the depot during office hours, Carpenter said.

The depot is open to the public daily, to provide access to public restrooms inside.


Parts of the Ohio 13 corridor will receive new pavement markings, Streets Superintendent Tom Hinkle said. The old markings, put down by ODOT several years ago, have not held up, he said.

Hinkle said the new pavement markings will be completed using thermoplastic, which should last longer. Streets to be addressed include Gay, Chestnut, South Main and Columbus.

South Main Street between Gambier and Ohio Streets reopened Thursday afternoon, in time for First Fridays.

The road has been closed for several weeks to put in new water taps.

Work has wrapped on South Main Street for nine storm sewer basins. Of the nine, six received new tops, which required cutting out parts of the street and curb and new cement and asphalt going in.

A traffic loop sensor at the intersection of Blackjack and Newark roads was damaged during work by Columbia Gas, Hinkle reported. Until the sensor is repaired, the traffic light is on a set pattern.

That means that the light will stop traffic, even if no traffic is waiting at the light.

On the other side of things, city work involving storm water lines on Teryl and Marita drives hit a Columbia Gas line in three places, then hit a water line. Service for both has been restored.

Pothole patching has wrapped up in the east end of town and will move into the north end of town.

Crews were out removing two trees that fell across roadways June 2. One was across North Gay Street, and the other fell across Ridgewood Avenue.

Paving projects on Columbus Road, South Main Street from Newark Road to the train tracks, Adamson and Delano streets are complete, Assistant to the City Engineer Jason Epley said.

Epley said paving is expected to start Monday on a project involving North Main Street, starting at Sugar Street, and up Wooster Road to Taylor Street.


Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf reported the South McKenzie water line project is underway. The line tapped into a 6-inch line on the east side of Mount Vernon Avenue and will run down the center of South McKenzie.


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