MOUNT VERNON — As winter winds down, the city salt supply is in good shape, Safety-Service Director Dave Glass reported Friday.
Glass said the city started the season with about 1,000 tons of salt left from last winter’s mild season, so the projection for purchases his year was set lower. However, with the number of weather incidents in November and December, the stockpile was gone by Christmas.
As weather incidents continued in January and February, Glass said they were concerned for a time that the city would have to exceed the 20 percent maximum of purchases over their contracted amount, but it did not happen and he said the city has a comfortable supply to get through the rest of the winter, as long as there are no major storms.
Glass said the city has awarded the contract for the engineering on the downtown connector trail to the firm EMH&T of Columbus.
The connector will start near the car wash on Gay Street, cross the river on the old railroad bridge, then turn left and cross Dry Creek on a smaller bridge, then proceed along the levee to the middle of Memorial Park, where it will connect with the Kokosing Gap Trail.
He expects it will take about a year and a half to complete the project.
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