MOUNT VERNON — Various projects including street paving, senior apartments, brick replacement, a broken water line and others were discussed Friday morning with Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis.
The city water department will be repairing a broken water line on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 a.m. on South Main Street. The repair will require the closing of South Main Street between Vine and Gambier streets. The repair should be completed by noon. The street will be reopened as quickly as possible, Mavis said.
The Parks and Recreation Department will now be in charge of reservations for the B&O Railroad Depot on West High Street. Those interested in renting the depot for an event can call 397-9577 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. “We will make it more convenient for people to come to City Hall and talk about their rental needs,” said Mavis.
Bids were received recently on a septage receiving station and an electrical upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant.
“We have not had a way to clean out septic tanks,” said Mavis. Estimates for the projects were submitted at $8, 890,000, and Mavis reported that bids were received lower than these estimates, with the lowest being $5,743,000. “It was a pleasant surprise to see bids come in that much under the estimate,” said Mavis. “We had a good group of bidders, and they are respectable companies.”
Mavis said the low bids came from Kirk Bros. in Alvada for the septage receiving station and from Claypool Electric in Lancaster for the electrical upgrade. Financing is in place for the projects, according to Mavis, with funds coming from wastewater increases put in place in 2007. “This will allow us to retire the debt for these projects,” said Mavis. A consultant is currently reviewing the bids and will report back with recommendations.
Trick-or-Treat Night will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Motorists are reminded to be aware of youngsters in the streets at this time.