MOUNT VERNON — The intersection of South Main and Gambier will go to a four-way stop next week as prep work for new traffic signal mast arms begins.
Mount Vernon Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle said Friday that the light signals will be taken down and stop signs put in by mid-week. The intersection could remain a 4-way stop until the end of the year.
The intersection is having new light poles and mast arms installed. The new poles are expected to come in the third, or possibly fourth, week of December.
Before the poles can go up, however, the old ones have to be removed, new electrical work completed and new concrete foundations poured for each pole. One of the four foundations has already been poured.
The poles will be set back farther off the roadway than the current poles.
Hinkle and City Engineer Brian Ball said the city looked at stringing up temporary lights but it is not feasible. Ball said the lights would have to be anchored to buildings within the intersection.
The street department converted from leaf pick-up to snow removal and back again after snow and ice that fell Monday night. Hinkle said four workers came in Monday to remove the leaf pick-up equipment from three city trucks and installed salt boxes. They started at 8 p.m. and were on the road by 10 p.m., Hinkle said.
Crews came back in Tuesday morning for snow removal, then converted the trucks back to leaf collection.
Hinkle said the city has completed its first pass for leaf collection and will hit all streets at least once more. To date, the city has collected 168 loads of leaves.
Ball reported that the city has been going back over manholes from past paving projects to straighten them up.
Until a few years ago, the city’s policy was to pave around the manholes, adjusting the collars to the level of the street. This left the edges of the manholes unprotected, causing them to be offset by traffic wear and freeze/thaw cycles.
The new policy is to surround the manholes with concrete collars, which better hold them in place.
Ball said some of the manholes the city is currently working on are brick.
Parks and Buildings and Grounds
The lakes at Ariel-Foundation Park were stocked this week with 1,380 game fish and 4,000 minnows, Parks and Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Dave Carpenter said. The fish include Walleye, Crappie, Hybrid Bluegill and Bass.
Carpenter said the local VFW has been raising money to purchase more fish, and so the lakes may be stocked yet again this year.
Carpenter further reported that the first of two November goose hunts, held Friday at Ariel-Foundation Park, had eight hunters participating and saw 10 geese harvested. The next hunt is scheduled for Nov. 22.
Previous hunts this year in September netted 56 geese. Carpenter said the hunts, along with “addling” of goose eggs in the nests, have been keeping the goose population around 150 at the park. Prior to the hunts, the goose population fluctuated between 250 – 300, Carpenter said.
The city has finally received approval for the relocation of a fence at the Hiawatha pool. The fence relocation is part of upgrades made this spring and summer. Carpenter said he hopes to get the fence moved before the ground freezes.
Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf said the jet/vac truck has been repaired and is being used to do water testing on the city’s west end.
Water crews were called out to a restaurant on Coshocton Avenue to correct a water back-up issue. It is believed the back-up occurred due to a problem with the restaurant’s grease trap system. The back-up occurred outside the restaurant, Orndorf said.
A company that owns a Coshocton Avenue strip mall will have to make improvements to its stormwater system before the city will approve the sale of one of the mall’s storefronts, Mayor Richard Mavis said.
Regency Properties will have to clean out its stormwater retention ponds before the city will approve a lot split allowing Rural King to buy the storefront at 1500 Coshocton Avenue. Mavis said the ponds are still doing their job but have become choked up with brambles.
The ponds will become the property of Rural King, Mavis said, and the city will seek an operator maintenance agreement with them for the ponds.
Mavis further stated that inspection week for trash haulers operating in the city has been postponed. The week was originally scheduled for Nov. 18, but amendments to the trash hauler ordinance that Mavis would like to see effective for next year have not been approved by the city council. Mavis said he hopes the council will approve the amendments at their next meeting.
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