(Posted April 6, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The city of London now has a logo.
Mayor Patrick Closser unveiled the design at the April 1 city council meeting. It features the city’s name, a set of buildings, and an arrow pointing up.
The house in the logo represent the citizens and families that are the backbone of the community, Closser said. The storefront represents the businesses that continue to thrive in the community. The courthouse is included as the most well-known landmark in the city and in Madison County and as a symbol of the city’s heritage. The arrow climbing over the buildings sends the message that the city will prosper into the future.
“With great teamwork, we know the sky is the limit,” Closser said of the logo’s theme.
For many years, a seal that features compass points inside a circle has appeared in city communications and on city vehicles. While the seal has its place, Closser said, the new logo is the tool the city will use to convey “what the city is about and where it is heading.” Soon, it will appear on signage, t-shirts, marketing materials and possibly city vehicles.
“We’re going to start getting it out there so we have more of an identity,” Closser said.
London will celebrate Independence Day with 50 percent more boom than it did last year. On April 1, council voted 6-1 to increase the mayor’s budget for this year’s fireworks from $10,000 to $15,000, upon council member Rich Hays’ suggestion. Carla Blazier cast the lone “no” vote.
“For such a small portion of our overall budget, to add that $5,000 really does mean a lot to the citizens,” Closser said. “I’ve already had people reach out to me and thank me and thank (council) for doing that.
“People need something. We need just to sit back and stare at the sky. If we can, instead of 20 or 25 minutes, be able to do that for 35 minutes, just that little extra bit, sitting there with your family, being able to watch those fireworks go off, is just an amazing thing.”
Henry Comer, council president, agreed.
“That is really going to help bring a sense of normalcy,” he said.
The fireworks display will take place eon July 3.
For the second year in a row, COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is moving its annual Science Festival online. In-person festivities, including satellite events in areas outside of Columbus, have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
To engage children living in those satellite cities, COSI is sending out “STEM lunchboxes.” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The boxes include STEM-related activities based on a NASA theme. A total of 500 boxes are headed London’s way. Of those, 350 are going to London City Schools and 150 are going to St. Patrick School.
“It’s a great partnership we have with COSI,” Closser said. “It will hopefully get kids real interested in STEM. We all know that’s the wave of the future. They need to learn these things young so when they get older they can get a great job, do great things, invent fantastic things and make us all proud.”
The boxes will arrive by the end of April.
- The city is cracking down on property owners who have not paid their bills even after given plenty of opportunity to do so. As a starting point, they are looking at closed accounts that are several years delinquent. On April 1, they voted unanimously to collect payment through property taxes, in cooperation with the Madison County Auditor’s Office, on a North Main Street account that is delinquent by more than $700. Closser said council can expect to see more of these types of ordinances in the coming weeks.
- Council voted unanimously to appoint Amy Rees as the new council clerk. She replaces Arlene Duffey who retired at the end of last month after 32 years of service. Rees will perform the clerk duties in addition to her job as executive assistant for the city’s administrative offices.
- Council voted 6-0 to close a portion of the alley that runs parallel to Virginia Avenue, between Columbia and Chandler avenues. Originally, the petitioner requested vacation of the entire alley, but council decided on a partial closure after hearing from citizens with concerns that included property access. Council member Josh Peters abstained from the vote.