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Alternate site suggested for old cabin relocation

MOUNT VERNON — Members of the Foundation Park Conservancy have suggested that the western part of Ariel-Foundation Park is an ideal location for a historic 1800s cabin.

The cabin is on Burtnett Road; the Knox County Historical Society has to dismantle it by November. In August, Mark Ramser, on behalf of the historical society, requested council's permission to locate the cabin near the Dan Emmett House and CA&C Depot.

In a letter to Mayor Richard Mavis, Michael Percy, vice president of the conservancy, suggested the western part of the park as an alternative location. “The conservancy has long desired to facilitate the development of the western region of the park with the desire to include restrooms, picnic facilities and a heritage area,” he wrote.

The concept is to create a traditional early homestead for Knox County with the cabin as the centerpiece. Restroom facilities would replicate an early area barn. The site would also have other accessory buildings, a prairie area and a tree grove that includes the 50 species of trees native to Ohio. “This vision would create an area that would, with the assistance of the historical society and the agricultural museum, provide a display that would provide substantial use and exposure for all organizations involved,” he wrote.

Mavis told city council members on Monday that the city owns both parcels of land and that council has to approve the final location. He said there were more negatives with the park location regarding potential vandalism. Conservancy members requested an on-site meeting with city officials and historical society representatives to discuss the issue.

Complete rehab coming to Meadow Ridge in 2018


MOUNT VERNON — In March, KnoxPages.com reported that if funding came through, Meadow Ridge low income apartments on Follin Avenue would undergo a complete rehabilitation in 2018. At Monday's council meeting, Robert Bender of Provident Companies gave details of the project.

“One thing that really changes the atmosphere is when you completely redo a property,” he said, adding that residents take on a sense of pride and ownership. “The biggest thing I look forward to is adding safety.”

The complex has 48 units: 16 one-bedroom and 32 two-bedroom.
Interior upgrades include:
*New kitchens, bath, flooring, interior doors and trim
*ENERGY STAR appliances and lights
*ENERGY STAR heating and central air with smart thermostats

Exterior upgrades include:
*New exterior doors, roofs, siding
*Add porches to all units
*New community building, to include an office, exercise room, and library and computer room
*Reconfigure service building for accessibility and change office to maintenance
*Add 18 security cameras
*Replace curbs, pave parking lot and driveway, add new parking spots at community building
*Replace walks and add handicapped curb ramps
*New walk to existing public sidewalk
*Rebuild existing trash enclosures
*New grills and picnic tables
*New covered mail boxes
*Replace existing eight lights with solar LED
*Repair basketball court, replace and add playground equipment
*New walking path into and around adjacent recreation area with benches
*Soccer field in adjacent recreation area
*Community garden
*New entrance sign

Bender said rehabilitation will begin the end of July 2018 and take about a year. When it is finished, all single-story units will have a zero-threshold entry. Five units are designed for handicap households; one unit will be designed as hearing and visually impaired.

Bender said that $35,000 has been allocated to help residents relocate into other units during rehabilitation. Management is allowing units to go empty as residents move. Currently, four are empty; the goal is to have 12 empty when rehabilitation begins.

The complex will have full-time management on staff Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full-time maintenance personnel will be on call.

Two public meetings are scheduled to share information about the project: Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dan Emmett Elementary School and Friday at 1 p.m. at Meadow Ridge Apartments, apartment 724-3.


Local People: KCH adds Dr. Jonathan Hardin to medical staff

MOUNT VERNON - Knox Community Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jonathan Hardin to its medical staff. Board-certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Hardin is a welcome addition to the Department of Primary Care—Family Medicine and the Newborn Nursery.

Dr. Hardin received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at Martin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Benning, Georgia. He served as a Special Forces Battalion Surgeon with the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Syria and comes to Centerburg from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

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Dr. Jonathan Hardin - submitted photo

Dr. Hardin was drawn to Family Medicine because of its broad scope and patient continuity. He has a special interest in treating the whole family, from pediatrics (including newborns) to the elderly, building multi-generational relationships. Women’s health, sports injuries and minor surgery are all part of the comprehensive primary care he will provide.

Both Dr. Hardin and his wife are Ohio natives and are excited to return to the area to raise their family.

Dr. Hardin is joining Jasmine Usher-Ledet, MD, in Centerburg, at 4581 Columbus Road. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 740.625.6234.



Around Ohio: 3 year old involved in skid loader accident

RICHLAND COUNTY - The Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call Monday morning at 10:45 a.m. where it was reported that a 3 year old child was accidently run over by a skid loader at a farm on Olivesburg-Fitchville road. Deputies and Shiloh EMS personnel responded to the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office arrived and conducted an investigation and preliminary indications are that this was an accident. The coroner’s office arrived at the scene.

Any further information will be released by the Richland County Coroner’s office.

Hiawatha Water Park/Pool attendance figures released

MOUNT VERNON - Numbers released by the city show fewer swimmers visited the Hiawatha Water Park/Pool this year than last. The attendance report indicates there were 52, 759 visitors to the pool in 2017. The number in 2016 was 65, 890.

The pool was closed due to cool weater 10 days this year, 5 days last year. The day with the most attendance in 2017 was June 12. That day there were 1,583 swimmers when it was sunny and 90 degrees.

Previous year totals were:

2012 - 53, 046

2013 - 52, 540

2014 - 50,731

2015 - 58, 117


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