MOUNT VERNON — Motorists using Coshocton Avenue have undoubtedly been glad to see the project is almost finished.
Mayor Richard Mavis reported Friday that the paving of the main traffic lanes was completed by Friday morning and crews were working to complete the “radiuses” at the intersections with side streets.
Grading and seeding was also not completed by the time of the mayor’s weekly press briefing, and he said the striping may still need to be finished at the beginning of the week. He said the barrels marking lanes will not be removed until the striping is done.
Mavis reported that the city has been talking with representatives of BTB (Blight to Bright), the solar power firm that plans to purchase most of the old American National Can property once it is cleaned up, and Rio Tinto, the current owner of the property to finish preparations for the clean-up of the property.
Among other things, the agreement between Rio Tinto and BTB has to be in place for the Clean Ohio grant to come though, and the city wants to make sure Rio Tinto’s local match for the grant will be available through the duration of the project, expected to take as long as 18 months to two years to complete.
Mavis said the city is administering the project, but is not paying out any money, so they want Rio Tinto to place it’s share in an escrow account.
Solid waste plan
Mavis said the Solid Waste District Planning Committee, which he chairs, will meet Tuesday to take a final vote on the solid waste plan before sending it on to the EPA.
He explained that the committee developed the original plan and sent it to the EPA for review. It recommended some changes and the revised plan went to all the political subdivisions of the district for approval.
To be implemented, the plan had to be ratified by political subdivisions representing at least 60 percent f the district population.
In the total four-county district, subdivisions representing 81.9 percent of the population approved the plan. In Knox County, 89.3 percent approved; Brown, Jackson, Pleasant and Union townships and the village of Gann (Brinkhaven) did not respond.
Knox County had the second-highest approval rate, behind Delaware County’s 98.2 percent. Morrow County had an 88.8 percent approval rate, Marion County just 33.5 percent.
Mavis commented on the closing of a large part of the Curtis Inn this week for fire code violations, saying it was “disappointing” that a place which had once been a showplace for the community has had this happen.
The mayor also said the new police uniforms unveiled this week are something that has been in the works for some time because of the difficulty an expense involved in maintaining the old uniforms.
He said the department had spent a lot of time studying what it needed and the change will save a significant amount of money in the long run, even if you only consider the cost of dry cleaning required for the old uniforms.
Mavis said the Christmas lights, which had been left on the large evergreen tree on Public Square after last Christmas season, have been tested and still work, only needing a few bulbs re-placed. They will be ready for the annual Christmas Walk and Parade on Sunday, Nov. 25.
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