MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis and other city officials got an upclose look at industry in the Mount Vernon area this week.
They toured Owens Corning, Sanoh of America and were part of the dedication program at Rolls-Royce. During the tours, they found out that the industries are going strong despite some issues with the economy.
“It was good to see things working well. When industry does well, the city does well,” said Mavis. “Hopefully, the economic recovery will continue because it impacts the city’s ability to get jobs done.”
Mavis said Owens Corning is operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while Sanoh’s new facility is fully operational. Rolls-Royce’s dedication ceremony was for two new buildings and improvements to other areas of the plant.
Mavis also was a part of a meeting this week with about 20 people regarding parking in downtown Mount Vernon. The information received from the meeting will be presented to the Greater Downtown Management Council for review Thursday.
In other news,
•City officials were to have met Friday with officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation in Jacksontown to see the preliminary plans for the widening of Coshocton Avenue and the safety project associated with it. Mavis said there will be a meeting with property owners affected by the project sometime in November.
•The city recently found out there was some unexpected deterioration in the concrete beams under the walkway at the plaza building. Mavis said the engineer will take a look at it and determine what course of action needs completed.
•Mavis said the city is looking to fill two spots on the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should call the mayor’s office at 393-9517.
•In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the city will display a banner on Public Square and host an annual vigil on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
•Mavis was saddened by the news of the passing of Kathleen Selsam this past week. Selsam would have turned 104 on Sunday and Mavis had a proclamation honoring the former nurse.
•City officials submitted an application Friday for funds to help resurface 40 streets with the Ohio 229/Edgewood Road project. The grant will be for $900,000 of the $1.3 million projects.
•City officials recently advertised for bids for the brick street curb work on McKenzie and McArthur streets.
•Mavis will participate in National Walk to School Day on Monday at East Elementary School. He visited Pleasant Street and Dan Emmett elementaries last week about safe routes to schools for walkers.
•Trick-or-treat in the city will be Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.