MOUNT VERNON — The Division Street/Mount Vernon Avenue improvement project is essentially complete, Mayor Richard Mavis reported this week.
Some crosswalk markings will be done later this summer, he sad, and a final inspection was being done this week on the 8,000 feet of sidewalk constructed. Some seeding will have to be redone because it was washed out by recent heavy rain showers.
Mavis said he hopes to have a small dedication ceremony in July to give some recognition to Ariel Foundation for its support of the $600,000 project.
Because people sometimes arrive at the Knox County Airport with no way to get into town, Mavis said the city kept a Chevrolet Impala that was being removed from city service and has arranged for the airport to have it as a courtesy car. People coming into the airport and needing transportation will have to arrange it with the airport.
Mavis said the city held its second hearing Thursday on the use of $64,000 in Community Development Block grant funds it is receiving. Of that, $52,000 is being allocated to the Pleasant Street improvement project scheduled for next year. This will be a rebuild of the brick street from Mulberry Street to Sandusky Street, about 900 feet.
Total cost of the project is expected to be in the neighborhood of $362,000. Another $7,400 will go to pay for the Fair Housing consultant to which the city refers tenant complaints about landlords not making repairs.
“Without a building code, it’s helpful to have a consultant who can call tenants and let them know what their rights are,” Mavis said.
The remaining 15 percent, or $9,600, goes for administration.
Thieves have struck again at a city park, Mavis reported. New metal toilet paper dispensers, installed in Memorial Park restrooms because it was thought they would stand up to vandals, have been stolen. A manhole cover was also stolen this week in the north end, but it was not off a manhole cover in a street. Mavis said area scrap dealers have been warned to watch out for the items.