MOUNT VERNON — Milling and paving will begin on Coshocton Avenue Monday, Mayor Richard Mavis reported.
At his weekly News briefing, Mavis said the work was to have started Friday, but was delayed slightly. It’s still on schedule to be completed by mid-November.
Except for the lane that has already been done, the street will be milled and paved from Sychar Road to Vernonview Drive. The process will take about three weeks, weather permitting.
There has been a small glitch in installing the traffic signals at Vernedale Drive. The mayor said the pole at the northeast corner of the intersection that holds the cable for the existing signal is in front of the pole that will hold the boom for the new light.
As a result, sometime in the next three weeks, police officers will have to direct traffic for the three hours or so it will take to remove the existing pole and to erect the new light.
The city will open bids Wednesday for the planting of more than 200 trees in six parts of the city. Mavis said a grant from Ariel Foundation is paying the estimated $62,000 cost of the plantings along part of Mount Vernon Avenue, North Sandusky Street, Riverside Park, Arch Avenue, Hiawatha Park and along the cemetery at Wooster Avenue.
At least half the trees are to be planted this fall; the rest will be planted in the spring.
The city Shade Tree Commission will also be planting about 60 trees at various locations around the city. The trees will be planted at locations where old trees were lost or need to be replaced.
Those plantings, which will probably cost about $8,000 or $9,000, will be paid from the annual budget of the Shade Tree Commission.
Mavis also reported that the District 17 committee to review applications for Clean Ohio Fund grants began meeting Friday. The committee, consisting of representatives of each of the six counties in the district — Knox, Morrow, Licking, Delaware, Fairfield and Pickaway counties.
The committee will review the 79 applications that have been submitted, then give its recommendations to the Public Works Commission for review and a decision on how to allocate the $10 million available. An official announcement of what projects are funded will be made about July 1, but local governments will receive unofficial notice in the spring about whether their project was approved, Mavis explained.
Mavis said the number of projects submitted is a little fewer than normal, but a great many are like Mount Vernon’s: A request for money for paving projects.
The 79 requests total $19,515,000, so about half may be funded. Mavis said that since Mount Vernon had a project funded in the last cycle, its latest request is not likely to be approved, but the city will submit it again next year.
Five other projects were sought in Knox County worth a total of $1,946,622. The include road improvement or paving projects in Morgan, Hilliar and Berlin townships; six county road paving projects sought by the county engineer and a water line project in Centerburg.
Mavis said the district’s six counties have been notified the Natural Resources Assistance Council needs four new members. Mavis said if anyone is interesting in serving on the council, which is a non-paid position with meetings in Newark, applications are available at his office or from the county commissioners.
When money is available, the council provides grants for parkland purchases, natural areas and similar project.
No grants were provided this year as no money was made available.
Mavis said a public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the dining room of the Memorial Theater building to discuss the house numbering on Fairgrounds Road.
The county is changing the numbering on the road which are out of sequence. Only a small portion of the road is in the city, Mavis said. The meeting will allow people receiving new addresses a chance to have their questions answered.
Mavis also noted that the annual vigil against domestic violence, sponsored by New Directions and the Delta Project, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the square.
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