August 2022 Spotlight on Mount Vernon with Mayor Matt Starr

Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr shared updates on the City with The Morning Thing on Friday, 8/26/22.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics included:

  • An update on current construction and maintenance projects
    • the progress of the projects in the Sunset Street area, Columbus Road/South Main Street intersection
    • update on the paving in the Clinton Road/Fearn Avenue/Pearl Avenue/Grange Avenue area
  • Information about the BIG projects coming from Columbia Gas and AEP for the West side of the City. The plan is to replace pipelines and install new transmission lines.
  • News that the City Engineering Department has secured a federal grant for over $262,000 for design work on the South Sandusky Street Corridor.
  • Update on the project of removing and relocating the lime sludge from the city water treatment plant. Mayor Starr shares an update on the current status of the project and the EPA’s investigation. The City is working on a compliance plan.
  • Updates from Mount Vernon City Council:
    • Ariel Foundation grant of $7,700 for the design of a first responders memorial at CA & C Depot
    • PAK United received a donation from Working Class Roofing and Mr. Tax of Mount Vernon
    • Council is discussing the idea of contracting a pool management company for 2023
    • Requests for proposals are coming soon for the roofs at the CA & C Visitors Center and the B & O Railroad Station
    • Street Resurfacing projects in the North End
    • Historical Review Commission Update
    • Ohio Civil Service Employees Union Contract 
  • Update from the Mount Vernon Police Department.
    • They did assist the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with the recent shootings.
    • June statistics show 1,436 calls for service.
  • Update from the Mount Vernon Fire Department including updates on recent training.
    • The Fire Department beat the Police Department in the PAK United Softball Game last week, 11-9.
    • The Umpire Glenn Clark was presented with a Community Service Event for his countless hours in volunteering.
    • The Fire Department received a FEMA (Assistance to Firefighters) grant for $188,000 to purchase new hoses, nozzles and a vehicle exhaust removal system.  
  • Mayor Starr shares a list of events planned for the City in September.
    • Public meetings on the Mansfield Avenue shared youth path, to provide safe paths to school
    • September First Friday
    • Battle of the Badges Blood Drive for the American Red Cross
    • McCartney Experience at the Woodward Opera House
    • Clint Black Concert at the Knox Memorial
    • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is planned for September 21st with a focus on how we are dealing with trauma and the stories of hope that come from crisis.
    • Goal setting for the 2023 City Budget
    • Start of Phase 2 of the City’s Strategic Planning
  • Mayor Starr shares the immediate goals for September
    • finish the work on the City’s Parking Garage
    • work on plans for the new Courthouse, City Law Office and the Police Department
    • start nailing down the next paving schedule for the city

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