By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
With the approach of a new year comes the announcement of committee and board appointments for the city of London.
On Dec. 19, incoming council president, Pat Closser, announced chairmen and members for council’s various committees for 2014. Included are newly elected members of council, Rodney Lauer, Josh Peters and Jason Schwaderer. The assignments are as follows:
• Finance Committee—Rex Castle, chairman; Steve Skaggs and Rodney Lauer, members. The next meeting is at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 in council chambers, 6 E. Second St.
• Public Service Committee—Roger Morris, chairman; Josh Peters and Lauer, members. The next meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in council chambers, 6 E. Second St.
• Safety Service Committee—Skaggs, chairman; Dick Minner and Jason Schwaderer, members. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the London Police Department, 10 E. First St.
• Community Center Committee—Morris, chairman; Castle and Peters, members. The next meetings are at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 and Jan. 30 at the center, South Walnut Street.
All council committee meetings are open to the public.
City employee Bill Long was named to the emergency squad board.
Mayor Dave Eades reappointed four individuals to city posts: Stan Kavy, Board of Public Utilities; Vicky Victor, civil service commission; Ed Conley, recreation commission; and David Jackman, historic district review board. He said openings remain on the historic district review board, tree commission and board of zoning appeals. To inquire about the openings, call the city administrative offices at (740) 852-3243.
Outgoing council members
At the Dec. 19 council meeting, the last of the year, Closser praised outgoing council members John Dixon, Alan Knowles and John Stahl for their service.
“We appreciate everything you guys did for the city of London,” he said. His sentiments were echoed by the other council members.
Dixon, who served as council president, was not present at the meeting. He continues to recover from a stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. Eades reported that Dixon recently returned home and his recovery is going well.
Stahl served on council for 24 of the last 30 years. He said that in that time, many people have asked what motivates him to dedicate so much time to community service. He said his motivation is summed up by the following quote from playwright George Bernard Shaw: ““I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”