(Posted Oct. 12, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The dog park at the corner of Elm Street and Keny Boulevard in London is officially open.
The gates are unlocked, the parking lot is laid, the rules are posted, and the doggie bags and trash cans are in place.
“We were hoping to get the water line run under Elm Street to get the drinking fountains installed but with how extensive that project will be, we decided to put the water line in sometime in the spring,” said Mayor Patrick Closser at the Oct. 4 city council meeting.
Progress is being made on another city parks and recreation project–installation of a lighted volleyball court at the municipal swimming pool. The street department has dug out and leveled the area and the light poles are up. Installation of the court was scheduled for Oct. 11 with the fence going up the week of Oct. 15.
“This will be a great addition to the pool and our community. I would like to thank our donor once again for his generosity to fund this whole project and knowing the importance of the pool and recreation in London,” Closser said.
The name of the donor has not yet been released. The cost of the project is $90,000.
In council action, council members approved by voice vote a request for a liquor license for Tony’s Coneys Cafe, which will occupy the former Cappy’s Pizza building on Lafayette Street.
Council is considering two changes to the requirements for individuals appointed to the city’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Currently, anyone who holds an elective office or another appointed office of the city is not eligible for appointment to BPU until at least one year after the expiration of the elected or appointed term they are serving. If the changes are approved, that will no longer be the case.
The second change under consideration deals with residency requirements. Currently, BPU members must be London residents. The change would open eligibility to anyone who owns property in the city or pays taxes to the city.
“It gives us more options,” said Joe Mosier, safety-service director.
Currently, the three-member BPU board has two vacancies.
Mosier also reported that the city street department has officially moved from 103 E. High St. to the former Ohio Department of Transportation garage at 1460 State Rte. 42. The fire department is expanding into the now vacated space on East High.
The next London council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at 6 E. Second St.