MOUNT VERNON — Eastern Star Road may have closures as well as be limited to single lane traffic next week as city crews do shoulder repairs.

Mount Vernon Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle said Friday that in some places, edges of Eastern Star Road are starting to crack and fall away due to erosion and a poor soil base. The city began repairs this week.

Repairing the road involves digging out the berm and replacing it with a 16-18 inch deep limestone and crushed stone layer, Hinkle said. The asphalt above is ground out and replaced.

Hinkle said the damage to the road is widespread and will need completely repaved. Hinkle said he hopes the road can be scheduled for repaving next year, but the repairs to the shoulders couldn’t wait. Hinkle said he feels the damaged areas might not last through the winter if not fixed.

Hinkle further reported that traffic lights at the Columbus Road intersection were operating on a generator Wednesday and Friday. AEP shut the power off to the intersection while working on some poles south of the viaduct.

A “rolling barricade” will be maintained Oct. 17 for the Mount Vernon High School Homecoming Parade. Hinkle said the parade will start on Sugar Street at North Main down to the square and south down Main Street to the CA & C Depot. The parade is expected to be about two blocks long and start at 7 p.m.

Civil Service Commission

Civil Service Merit Administrator Tony De Iuliis said a total of 28 applicants for a firefighter/paramedic job with Mount Vernon FD passed a written test. The top 10 scorers, who also pass a physical agility test, will be interviewed by MVFD Chief Chad Christopher. Christopher will ultimately make the hiring decision.

The job opened to replace a firefighter/paramedic who is preparing to leave the department, De Iuliis said.

The applicants’ test scores are retained for a year and may be used to bring in job candidates if another position opens during that time.


Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf said that 22 residents on Dixie Drive have signed up to hook into a water line that is even now being installed on their street.

The project also involves putting in a water line on Newark Road. The Newark Road line is in service, but Newark Road residents who want to tap in have to wait for delivery of parts that the city needs to put in meters.

Assistant City Engineer Jason Epley reported that about 800 feet of the Dixie Drive line have been installed. leaving about 500 more feet to go. Some repairs to driveways that were excavated for the project are underway, Epley said, but most restoration work to driveways and lawns won’t be completed until spring.

Orndorf said he had complaints from residents that they were not informed of recent boil advisories in their area. Orndorf said he strongly encourages signing up for Knox Alerts, which sends messages to cellphones and voice messages to landlines. To sign up for the alerts, visit


Epley reported that, along with the Blackjack Road/Newark Road sidewalk project, infiltration trenches to help with water ponding issues after rains are being dug off Newark Road. The trenches are excavated four to five feet down to a sand/gravel layer, then filled with gravel and topped with soil. The trenches take in stormwater, which filters down through the sand layer.

An alley that runs roughly parallel with Newark Road in the 100 block behind several businesses was finished out with a new concrete surface that is graded to guide rainwater to a storm drain, Epley said. The design seems to be working well, although there are a few spots that still hold a “minuscule” amount of water, Epley said.

Parks and buildings and grounds

A contractor will be in doing fence repairs at for various city buildings and grounds and parks buildings next week, Superintendent Dave Carpenter said. The gate at the parks shop at Fountain Street will be relocated 20 feet back from the road; Carpenter said vehicles currently have to wait in the street while opening the gate. Fence repairs include a section of fence at the shop damaged by a falling tree and a gate damaged by a motorist at the city’s parking garage.

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