City has 229/US 36 connector route concept
MOUNT VERNON — City officials have developed a concept for a new roadway connecting Ohio 229 with US 36.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis presented a conceptual rendering of the road, which extends Upper Gilchrist to Eastern Star Road via a new stretch of roadway beginning at the Upper Gilchrist/New Gambier Road intersection. The design incorporates a roundabout where the new roadway would connect with Eastern Star, and an overpass of New Gambier. The road will cross an area that is currently undeveloped fields. The city has met with the current property owner, Mavis said.
A second roundabout is incorporated in the design at the intersection of Ohio 229 and Eastern Star Road.
The design is part of discussions involving traffic on Edgewood Road that go back to 2002. City Engineer said the concept will be presented to council, and the next step will be getting estimates and traffic reports.
The city is getting equipment ready for leaf collection season, and Streets Superintendent Tom Hinkle said residents should be reminded that leaves need to be left on the tree lawn and not raked into the street. The leaves litter the street and can clog stormwater catch basins.
Hinkle said he does not yet have a date for when leaf collection will begin. However, the drop-off area at Ariel-Foundation Park will be open Monday. The area is located just off 400 Harcourt Road and is for loose leaves only; bags and containers cannot be left at the site.
Anyone with questions should call 740-393-9501.
Hinkle further reported shoulder repairs to Park Road are complete. Ditch repairs on Park are also near completion, and the street department is waiting on a coconut fiber matting to hold seeds and soil in place. The ditch had eroded to the edge of the road.
The city further carried out a few repairs to driveways following complaints from New Gambier Road residents. The road was resurfaced with chip and seal recently, and some homeowners said the approaches to their driveways were impacted. Hinkle said after investigating the complaints, some repairs were warranted.
Parks and Buildings and Grounds
Parks Superintendent Dave Carpenter announced two more dates for Goose hunts at Ariel-Foundation Park. The hunts will be held Nov. 15 and 22, with a application deadline of Nov. 6.
Hunters will be randomly drawn for the two hunt dates. All applicants will be required to attend an orientation meeting Nov. 7.
The hunt is the second, following two in September. Carpenter said 225 geese were counted at the park Tuesday.
Carpenter further reported a foul ball Sunday during tournament softball play hit a main electric line to the concession stand behind diamond three at Memorial Park. The line shorted out and its coating caught fire, but quickly burned out. The line has been replaced.
A ground wire at the base of a light post at Harmony Playground was removed after complaints were received about it, Carpenter said. While not a live wire, it was determined to be a tripping hazard.
A new water fountain was installed at Dan Emmett Park, paid for through a grant obtained by the Knox County Health Department.
Carpenter said his department plans to purchase a bike repair station, to be installed at the C A & C Depot.
The station features an air pump and tools strung on steel cables.
The utilities department issued three boil orders for water line breaks this week. Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf reported a line break on Snowden Avenue Saturday as well as two lines on Sunset Street and Mansfield Road that occurred at approximately the same time Tuesday. All required boil orders. The breaks came at a time when a truck and backhoe were out for repair.
Orndorf noted that the lines on Mansfield Road are aging and all will need to be replaced.
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