MOUNT VERNON — A contractor will work three, two-day weeks through the Christmas/New Year’s season on water improvements on the northwest side of Mount Vernon.

City Assistant Engineer Jason Epley said Friday the improvements will cause some sporadic water shut-offs as well as boil advisories. To keep water on during the holidays, the work will be carried out in the days following Christmas and New Year’s.

The contractor will be working Thursday and Friday next week, the week of Christmas and the week of New Year’s. Epley said it isn’t known if work will be completed by then, or what the schedule will be if it is not.

The project area is in the area of Curtis to James streets and Sandusky to Mansfield streets, Utilities Superintendent Mathias Orndorf said. There will also be work in the area of Old Mansfield, Marion and Charles streets.

The project includes line maintenance, including valves, hydrants and possibly a water line replacement. The project is funded through a Community Development Block Grant. Orndorf said a reference map of the project area is being prepared.

Orndorf further reported that valve work on the New Gambier Road reservoir will begin next week with a valve replacement.


Parking from Spice Alley to McKenzie Street in front of the Memorial Theater will be blocked off this weekend to provide an open lane for the Food For The Hungry food drive, Street Superintendent Tom Hinkle said. The parking on both sides of the street will be blocked off with barricades.

A section of curb and gutter on Upland Terrace was removed and repoured around a residential driveway, Hinkle said. The curbs were installed in small sections, Hinkle said, and many of them have become uneven and broken. Hinkle said the curbs should be replaced, but there is currently no schedule to do so.

The leaf drop-off area at Ariel-Foundation Park will close by 4 p.m. Monday. Hinkle encourages city residents to take leaves to the Thayer Road compost facility after that.

Parks and buildings and grounds

Two heat pumps at the Plaza Building will need to be replaced at an estimated $8,000 each, Parks and Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Dave Carpenter said. The pumps were examined during the routine maintenance of heat pumps.

A program through the state that reimburses cities for cremation and burial costs of indigent individuals is now in place. Carpenter said he is working on the first burial submission request for the program.

The painting of City Hall will continue through next week and is expected to be finished by Dec. 20.

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