MOUNT VERNON — Construction for new traffic light poles in the intersection of South Main and Gambier streets has been delayed until January.

Mount Vernon Streets Superintendent Tom Hinkle and City Engineer Brian Ball said Friday that the project, which will necessitate the intersection temporarily going to stop signs for a four-way stop, was delayed from this week by the contractor. That prompted the city to reconsider the project’s start date to begin after the holidays.

Removal of the mast arms was scheduled to start Wednesday.

The project will involve pulling out the old mast arms and poles. New foundations setting the poles back farther away from the radius of the intersection will be dug and poured, and the new poles installed. The poles can be moved back, but have to stay close enough to the intersection so that pedestrian walk signals are still clearly visible from across the street.

The new poles and mast arms are scheduled for arrival in mid- to late December. The work is expected to take four weeks.

Hinkle said weather shouldn’t affect the concrete work too much, although a different, more expensive mix may be needed if it gets too cold.

Hinkle further said that the city has completed its scheduled leaf collection for the year, but trucks will still be available for three days next week and Dec. 2-4 for spot collection. During that period, the city will downsize to two leaf crews.

The city collected 223 loads of leaves this year.

A catch basin at Jackson Street and West Vine that collapsed was repaired this week. The catch basin was damaged by heavy vehicle traffic, mostly trash trucks, driving over it, Hinkle said.

As the city rebuilds the catch basins, they are rebuilding them stronger. Heavy-duty frames and tops go in, which are then encased in concrete.

Christmas banners went up in town and some holiday baskets installed, Hinkle said.

Parks and buildings and grounds

The old water tower at Mound View Cemetery has been dismantled, Parks and Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Dave Carpenter said.

The contractor took the tower down by “cutting it up and letting it fall in on itself,” Carpenter said. Carpenter said it was cut up into six by eight-foot sections; the steel was about an inch and a half thick.

The tower has been out of commission for several years, replaced by newer tanks.

The tower was part of the system that first brought water under pressure to the city. It may date to the late 1800s, Mayor Richard Mavis said.

A goose hunt Friday at Ariel-Foundation Park saw hunters bag only two geese, bringing the number of geese harvested in November hunts to 12. Carpenter said there won’t be further hunts this year, but the park may have more early next year, weather permitting. The hunts take geese at the lakes in the park; if the lakes are frozen over, the geese go to the river and creeks where the city cannot hold hunts.

Christmas decorations on the square are scheduled to go up next week. Carpenter said his crews are getting ready for winter maintenance and mulching leaves in the parks with mowers.

Engineer

Traffic will return to normal on Newark Road as contractors on the sidewalk project take off for the winter, Ball said.

The sidewalk project reached its goal for this year, paving up to Melick Street. Infiltration ditches are complete for the length of the project, which ends where Newark meets South Main near the funeral home.

The contractor is scheduled to return in spring.

Driveway restoration is underway on Dixie Drive. Driveways were excavated to make way for new water lines installed this year; the driveways are being put back one half at a time so residents can still get their cars in.

Utilities

A sewer line leak in a line running under a cornfield was discovered this week off Progress Drive by private contractors doing bore sample work. The contractors discovered a stream of water that led to the leak, Assistant Utilities Superintendent Ken Griffith reported.

Because of its location in a field, Griffith said the city will wait until the ground freezes some before taking the truck in to fix the leak. Griffith said because of the remote location, it is not known how long the leak has been going on.

The utilities department has been using a new camera system to shoot inside sewer lines almost daily, Griffith said. The new camera can be used to find leaks and other problems but can also record where features such as line taps come in, data that can be downloaded and sent to the city engineer’s office.

Two fire hydrants were hit this week, one at Newark and Vine and another at Eastwood Drive, Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf said.

Mayor

Mayor Richard Mavis reported that he and Police Chief Roger Monroe visited the Meadow Ridge apartments to view recent renovations to the 48 residential units there. The complex owners voiced concerns over individuals who are placed on a no-trespass list but come on the property anyway. Monroe informed the owners that that police can do nothing if the persons have been invited in, Mavis said.

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