City starts process to install 340 ADA compliant sidewalk ramps

(Posted March 19, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London city council recently passed legislation to start the process of installing 340 sidewalk ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project will cover every corner in the city that requires a ramp.

The legislation, passed unanimously on March 7, allows Rex Castle, London’s safety-service director, to advertise for bids and enter into contract for the project. The work must be completed by the end of 2024.

Making the project possible is a $204,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The grant will cover the entire cost of the project, with no out-of-pocket money from the city. The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities is administering the grant.

“Access has always been on the forefront of this administration. This is another example of working with different entities to make London more accessible for all people,” said Mayor Patrick Closser.

Madison County was one of 67 counties in Ohio that received funding earlier this year to make improvements that support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. A total of $14.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act money was distributed across the state.

Other approved legislation
• Early in the year each year, council approves legal fund transfers as part of the previous year’s budget resolution. Council approved this year’s transfers at the March 7 meeting. Among them was $200,000 to help cover fire department operations.

• Council approved legislation to set aside $25,000 for this year’s fireworks display which will take place on July 3. This marks an increase of $5,000 over last year’s allocation for fireworks.

• Council authorized the Board of Public Utilities to advertise for bids and enter into a contract to lease the approximately 160 acres of farmland it owns adjacent to the city sanitation department at the end of Jenkinson Avenue.

• In a 6-1 vote with Brent McDaniels casting the “no” vote, council approved setting aside $45,000 to cover the cost of finish work on the lot on Walnut Street where the old community center was located. The work will include applying fill dirt, grading, and seeding the lot.

• Council approved a measure that allows the mayor or safety-service director to apply for grants without seeking council approval to do so. This allows for speedy response to short grant deadlines. The administration still needs to seek council’s approval to accept any grants they are awarded.

• Council member Michael Norman is hosting a community meeting at 7 p.m. March 27 at town hall, 20 S. Walnut St. The meeting is informal and open to anyone who wants to talk about any topic pertaining to the city.

• Council member Shannon Treynor said she has started conversations with Jennifer Hitt, the city’s law director, about the possibility of instituting a municipal transient occupancy tax, also known as a hotel tax. She said it could be a new source of revenue for the city.

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