Joshua Morrison/News Excavations have begun on the corner of South Main and West Gambier streets in Mount Vernon for the future South Main Plaza. The plaza’s main feature will be a fountain with dog sculptures.

MOUNT VERNON — A concessions business will provide hot food for sporting events at Riverside Park until a problem with the park’s electricity can be sorted out.

Mayor Richard Mavis reported Friday that an “outside concessionaire” will provide food service for games while issues with power at the park are fixed. The local teams will provide some food, such as chips and soda.

The issue poses a problem for youth sports leagues. Concession sales are a major fundraiser, Mavis said.

To help offset the loss, the concessions business will donate 10 percent of their sales back to the leagues. It is the same 10 percent that the city usually takes, but this time will go to the teams.

Parks Superintendent Dave Carpenter said his department is working with a contractor on the issues with the concession stand. There have also been problems with the scoreboard at the park, which will require the replacement of the scoreboard controller.


Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf reported that a new water line off Yellow Jacket Drive has passed the pressure test, but failed microbiological testing. Water in the line has to be tested and come up clean for two consecutive tests.

Jason Epley, assistant to the city engineer, said the line will likely be tested again Monday.

The line had trouble holding pressure at the required 150 psi last week, and the problem may have been an air bubble or a leaking valve. It has since passed the test.

Orndorf further reported that water line work on South McKenzie Street did not result in a boil advisory, as previously expected. The old line was vacated with customers switching to a new line, and a leaking valve was fixed as well.

A sewer camera and trailer was received by the city June 28. The system cost $190,000, Mavis said.

The camera is used to record live feed, which can be viewed in the trailer, as it travels through sewer lines. It is used to locate problems inside the lines. The new camera is an improvement over the former camera in that it can look into lateral lines feeding into the sewer lines.


Epley reported that almost all the paving work scheduled for this summer in the city has been completed. The remaining projects are Kirk, McKenzie and Clay streets.

Patching of asphalt alleys continued this week, Streets Superintendent Tom Hinkle said, and additional alleys were graded that the city received complaints about. Striping of roadways for stop bars, arrows and crosswalks were expected to be completed Friday.


Steel roofing materials have been ordered to finish enclosing a new water heater room at Hiawatha pool, Epley said. A gap between the old heater building and the new has yet to be roofed in.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has asked the city to perform a self-certification regarding a project at Hiawatha park that received ODNR funding in 1975, Mavis said. The certification requires a photo of a sign showing the park received ODNR funding; the funding was in part for the pool and bath house, both of which have since been replaced.

If no sign exists at the park, the city can purchase one from ODNR for $96, Mavis said.


Mavis said the city is considering a Natural Resources Assistance Council grant to provide funding to repair the breech in West Foundation Lake. The city has secured a pledge for $330,000 in grant funds for the estimated $500,000 project, and hopes to get the remaining amount through NRAC.

Mavis further reported that the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival committee met with former festival co-director Pat Crow to identify power sources in the downtown area. There are six power sources that can be used during the festival, Mavis said.


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