Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

London considers parking restrictions on High Street

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Parking restrictions could expand in downtown London.

On Nov. 21, London City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that proposes a two-hour time limit between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for anyone parking on High Street from Walnut Street on the east to Madison Road on the west.

An identical restriction already exists for parking on Main Street from High Street on the north to Center Street on the south.

Council’s public service committee suggested the two-hour limit on High Street after hearing from downtown business owners and considering the needs of individuals visiting county courthouse offices.

In some cases, individuals who work or live downtown park their cars for the day, which limits spaces for people coming downtown to visit shops or conduct business at the courthouse, said Councilman Alan Knowles, sponsor of the ordinance.

The proposed change will go through two more council readings, as well as a public hearing set for Jan. 16 during council’s regular meeting, before being put to a vote.

• Pat Closser, incoming council president, is filling in for John Dixon, council president, who is recovering from a stroke.

• The registration deadline for the city’s winter youth basketball league is Dec. 6. The league is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The fee is $60. The season runs through Feb. 22 at the London Community Center. To date, over 200 children have signed up. To register, go to http://londonparksandrec.org or contact Ben McCoy, parks and recreation manager, at benm...@ci.london.oh.us or (740) 837-0184.

• The city is considering a request from the Madison County Geneaological Society for free use of city-owned space to set up their equipment and records.

• Newly elected and re-elected council members are slated to be sworn in at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 19 prior to the next council meeting. Meetings take place in council chambers at 6 E. Second St.

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