MOUNT VERNON — The process of obtaining financial assistance for the cleanup of the old American National Can site has taken another step in its slow way forward.
Mayor Richard Mavis reported at his weekly news meeting Friday that a copy of the city’s application for the money was delivered to the Public Works district office in Newark Thursday. The district office will review the project and the city will hear in June or July as to whether the project will be funded.
“We’ve satisfied all the requirements during the application process,” Mavis said.
Mavis said he met this week with County Engineer Jim Henry, City Engineer Cameron Keaton, Service/Safety Director Dave Glass, Mark Ramser and Darrel Severns, director of the Knox County Regional Planing Commission. They’re working on the transportation portion of the RPC’s comprehensive plan.
The main topics of conversation were the Sandusky Street improvement project, which should begin in Mayor early June; a connector road between Ohio 229 and Coshocton Road (U.S. 36) possibly using Upper Gilchrist Road, and the extent of the Tax Increment Financing District planned for the Sandusky Street Corridor Project.
The connector road is something that’s not in the near future, Mavis said, but because of the way traffic has increased on US 36, it is something that may be doable in the future, he said.
He also said the Ohio Department of Transportation is making changes to streamline its planning and funding process. Instead of taking six years to do something, the new rules could reduce it to three.