Letters to the editor

West Jeff needs a grocery store

Help! 10,000 people need a grocery store.

I live in West Jefferson, five miles west of Columbus on Route 40. Our town has about 4,500 people living here.

Our township has about 2,000 people or more. One mile east of town, we have close to 2,000 people living on Hubbard Road and growing.

We have about 600 people working at our Target warehouse. We have 400 or more working at Jefferson Industries.

We have Forrest Trucking.

We have Anderson Concrete.

We have a Pipe and Conduit Co.

We have Krazy Glue.

We have Fisher Cast Steel Products.

We have Adept Products.

We have three new companies building in our town right now. One will have approximately 90 employees. One will have approximately 200 employees. The third is Kellogg cereal company. They are going to build a warehouse with over 1 million square feet.

We have about 300 people who live in our area who go through our town to get to work and back home every day, mainly to get on I-70 or to the west side of Columbus.

We had one grocery store in town. It closed three months ago. The people in West Jefferson, including myself, must drive the following distance for groceries: five miles east, 12 miles north, 10 miles west, or 15 miles south.

I personally have no knowledge of any grocery store planning on coming here at this time.

We have the people. We need a store desperately.

Tom Tuck Sheerin Sr.
West Jefferson

Many departments part of Safety Expo

The Madison County Safety Expo held recently in London was attended by residents from throughout Madison County and central Ohio. This year’s event offered a little something for everyone, with special features including car seat safety checks by the Madison County Emergency Medical District, children’s fingerprinting by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and bicycle safety from the Madison County Health Department.

The success of the event can be attributed to the support and participation of Central Townships Joint Fire District, Jefferson Township Fire Department, London City Schools, City of London Division of Fire, London Police Department, Madison County Community Emergency Response Team, Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Madison County Emergency Medical District, Madison County Health Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Sterling Police Department, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Fire Academy, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stokes Township Fire Department, and the Tri-County Joint Fire District.

As you can see, this was truly a countywide effort. We want to thank every department that participated.

Krista Slanker, Madison Co. EMA
Mark Foster, London Division of Fire

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