MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis reported the Wooster Road/Vernonview Road water line work will begin on Tuesday with the initial work being done on the Wooster Road section. This will be to install new water service lines along the area.
Mavis also reported the final layer of asphalt has been applied to the Blackjack Road project.
“The final grading has taken place and that will finalize that project,” Mavis said. “And I believe Sanoh will be finally moved in by July. They had started to move last April.”
Mavis said curbs have been poured on Gay Street and sidewalks would be put in starting next week.
“The other thing they will be doing next week is they will be abandoning the old water line,” Mavis said. “They left the old line in and will be capping that off. They will be converting to the new line and all the connections have been made to that. In addition they will be restoring base and we should see some asphalt the first week of June.”
Mavis also reported the city will be putting in handicap ramps at the crosswalks where there had been none.
The city opened bids on the demolition of the old Connell’s building. There were 10 bids submitted. The estimate for the job was $70,000. The bids ranged from a low of $33,900 to a high of $77,000. The low bid was submitted by Knox Contracting of Mount Vernon and final approval will come from the city engineer’s office after the specs are checked. The plan is to remove the building, put gravel in the area and use the space for parking.
In other news:
•Water is in the waterpark and all equipment is working properly. A final class for life guards will begin soon. The pool is scheduled to open for half days on the June 8 and 9 with full days beginning June 10. Pool passes are still available.
•The city is working on its Web site to make it easier to get up to date information on water main breaks and boil advisories.
•Mavis reported the Memorial Day parade is ready to go and will start at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Ron Staats will be announcing the parade, which will have more that 80 entries.
•The city will begin to enforce city ordinances on house numbering. Criteria are that house numbers should be six inches high if a house is 50 feet or more from the street. Numbers should be four inches high if closer. Numbers must be Arabic numerals with a color that contrasts with the background.