MOUNT VERNON — Trash hauler Republic Services will cease curbside collection in Mount Vernon after selling its accounts to Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services.
In a letter provided by Mount Vernon Mayor Dick Mavis, Rumpke announces that Republic “is selling certain waste collection assets” and states that they will take over the accounts beginning Sept. 1.
Mavis, speaking Friday during the weekly meeting with the News, said the transition is expected to be seamless, with service continuing without interruption. However, it is unknown if Rumpke will set new collection days for the newly-acquired accounts, Mavis said.
Mavis said Republic will continue to operate the city’s transfer station. Republic has approximately 1,000 customers in the city, Mavis said.
Representatives of Rumpke were unavailable for comment as of press time Friday.
Installation of a water line along Newark Road and Dixie Drive will likely be completed in three sections, beginning with the first of two sections on Newark Road. Utilities Director Mathias Orndorf reported that the contractor has begun putting pipe in the ground on the first section on Newark Road. They will test each section for pressure and bacteria as it is completed so that once the three sections are joined the line will be ready to go, Orndorf said.
The water line runs from Dixie Drive to an existing line on Glen Road. Once all sections are installed, customers along the route can tap in. Currently, residents on Dixie Drive and some of Newark Road are on wells. Residents will be responsible for hooking in; the city will install the tap and water meter. Residents hooking in must pay a tap fee.
The city has started switching over to a GPS clock-based system for traffic light timing, Streets Superintendent Tom Hinkle said.
The clocks are set by satellite, which checks the system at 4 a.m. every day. The clocks are checked to see that all are on the same time and reset those that are not.
So far, 15 clocks have been installed in the area of Gay, Main, Mulberry and Sandusky Streets. The system will involve 29 clocks total and will switch over once all clocks are installed, Hinkle said.
Hinkle said some “minor” adjustments may be made to signal patterns in town but for the most part they will stay the same.
Dates for the early season goose hunt at Ariel-Foundation Park have been set for Sept. 10 and Sept. 13, sunrise to 1 p.m.
Interested hunters can pick up applications at the parks/cemetery building at 307 Wooster Road. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4.
Parks and Building and Grounds Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported that the shingle roof for the maintenance building at Mound View Cemetery is being replaced with a metal roof at a cost of $4,500. The shingle roof was falling apart, Carpenter said. Work is expected to begin in the next two to three weeks.