MOUNT VERNON — The leaves the city collects each fall may eventually help grow grass at Foundation Park.
Mayor Richard Mavis said Park Director Geoff Oliver has been talking to the Soil & Water Conservation office about the best way to use the leaves to help improve the soil at the park, which is all sand and gravel in some areas.
Simply composting the leaves and spreading the result will help, but it will be more effective if mixed with the right fertilizer. Mavis said Oliver is working with the SWCD to develop a plan for soil improvement at the park.
The city is also doing research and consulting with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on ways to control the Canada goose population at the park. Mavis said the goose population has increased to the point where the city is receiving complaints about the amount of goose droppings at the park.
City council should receive legislation in the next month that it needs to pass to go ahead with the renovation of the two railroad trestles on the east side of South Main Street near the viaduct. Once approved, the project, for which the city has a Transportation Improvement Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation, should begin by July 1, 2013.
The city should also see work get under way in 2013 on the renovation of the bowstring truss bridge and placement of it at Foundation Park. Mavis said the bridge should be installed at the park next summer.
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