MOUNT VERNON — There are approximately 1,500 residences in Mount Vernon that are not served by a trash hauler, giving impetus to a proposal that all residents prove they have trash service.

Mayor Richard Mavis presented numbers Friday from the city’s seven permitted trash haulers that shows they serve 5,543 customers. There are approximately 7,000 customers in the city.

Mavis said some of the numbers appear to be estimates, and the number of accounts can fluctuate. However, it does indicate that there is a sizable number of residents who do not have trash service.

“We are beyond going back to talking about a single hauler, beyond talking about a preferred hauler,” Mavis said. However, the city is interested in “tightening up” the trash ordinances, and a proposed addition is a requirement that all residents prove they are served by a permitted trash hauler.

The numbers presented by Mavis further showed that of the 5,543 accounts, only 39.7 percent choose to use recycling services provided by their hauler. All permitted haulers are required to offer recycling, but it is up to the customer if they wish to participate.


City Engineer Brian Ball said New Gambier Road, previously placed on the spot patching list, will have to be repaved due to the poor condition of the road. Ball said the city “is seriously thinking” of repaving the road with a chip and seal surface. The current surface is asphalt, and was last paved in 2009, Ball said. A chip and seal surface would be expected to have a life of about five years, Ball said.

The chip and seal could be done by city crews and would cost around $100,000 less than asphalt, Ball said. The surface would use a “sharp limestone” component that Ball said holds up better than river gravel. The limestone sinks in in about three weeks, when excess loose stones can be swept off. The road surface will not have loose stones after that, Ball said.

McGibney Road has a similar surface and is holding up well, Ball said.

Streets Superintendent Tom Hinkle said crews were only able to get out for two days to do street patching this week, due to weather. Crews are currently working in the north end in the area of Sandusky Street and Mansfield Avenue.

The base coat is down on some of South Main Street in downtown, but paving of East Vine will have to wait until at least Tuesday. A gas company is going to excavate an old line on the street. City crews will remove the current crosswalk surfaces in the project area, which will be replaced with stamped concrete. The paving is expected to wrap up next week.

New crosswalk signals have been installed that make the intersection of Coshocton Avenue and Vernonview a fully boxed crosswalk intersection, Hinkle said.

A mast arm pole on Coshocton Avenue at Highland Drive was struck by a truck Friday and will have to be replaced.

The streets department took possession of a new front end loader this week, which replaces a 1997 backhoe. The backhoe was used as a trade-in on the loader.

Hinkle further reported that the Teryl and Marita drives project is complete.


New pool heaters at Hiawatha pool are on line and running and the old heaters have been removed, according to a report submitted by Parks Superintendent Dave Carpenter. The remaining pieces of the project are expected to be completed in two to three weeks, depending on weather.

Pew seating has been removed from council chambers and put in the impound lot building on Greenwood Avenue and new chairs delivered Thursday and Friday. The curtains in council chambers are being removed and replaced with blinds; carpet installation is scheduled to begin July 23.

The pews are being auctioned off on

The Kokosing Gap Trail received a new coat of asphalt between Phillips Park and Mount Vernon Avenue this week.


Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf said water will be shut off for a day in the area of Kirk Street for final work on a water main and valve. The water will be shut off between 8-9 a.m.

The work finishes a water line project, replaces a valve and installs a new hydrant.

Property maintenance

Code Enforcement Officer Greg Bemiller reported the city’s property maintenance checklist and exterior property maintenance checklist for tenants is now posted online at enforcement. Bemiller suggests landlords present their tenants with the tenant checklist when signing a lease, and encourages property owners to review the maintenance checklist to familiarize themselves with the code.

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