MOUNT VERNON — City Engineer Cameron Keaton reports that McKenzie and McArthur streets were both open and ready for traffic. Two blocks of the brick streets had been closed for the building of new curbs and leveling of intersections.
Mayor Richard Mavis reports he attended a committee meeting of the DKMM Solid Waste District to determine the preliminary plans for the submission of a new solid waste plan for the district. That draft has to be submitted by August 2011, but the committee decided not to do any more preliminary work until the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency completed the changes to some rules. Those changes won’t be made until February or March and the committee didn’t want to make any plans without knowing what those changes might be.
One area the committee looked at was ways of saving money on consultant work. According to Mavis, last year $45,000 was spent for consultants, but revenue is down because there is less trash being thrown away. The committee decided there was some work it could accomplish, but still needed to have the consultants available on a part-time basis.
Mavis reports city workers were on the streets at 2:30 a.m. Thursday in an effort to keep the streets clear during the storm that rolled through Knox County during the night. Mavis said things went well and that the city has 500 tons of salt on hand for the winter season.
Mavis and other city officials toured the Jeld-Wen plant in Mount Vernon this week.
Mavis met with officials from Connect Ohio this week. The group is focusing on providing Internet access to rural areas and Mount Vernon and Knox County were high on its list. A pilot program was started in Colorado this year and Mavis said there may be some work done in Knox County this coming summer.