(Posted March 7, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Tammy Braskett, London’s parks and recreation director, is resigning effective June 4. She has served as parks and recreation director for a total of 15 years, including nine years in the 1990s and again for the past six years.
At the March 3 city council meeting, Mayor Patrick Closser thanked Braskett for her service, listing a few of the improvements the department has seen during her tenure. Participation in youth sports has doubled, Cowling Park has become a destination point for many people, and the municipal pool has become successful, especially with the addition of the splash pad, he said.
“Tammy will be missed, but we will continue to build on what she has grown and look forward to the next chapter in that department,” Closser said.
Over the next few months, Braskett will help Billie Gordon, assistant parks and recreation director, prepare for tasks such as opening and operating the pool. The hope is that the city will find a new parks and recreation director in time for Braskett to show that person the ropes before she leaves, said council member Bryan Robinson.
Closser reported that Madison County crews are cleaning debris from the creek that runs between Garfield and Park avenues, behind Jacqueline Avenue. The city has been clearing and removing trees from the creek at the Toland Street bridge.
“They both have been able to clear a lot of material which will help with flow of water during heavy rains,” he said. “This is another step we are taking to help with the flooding issues that occurred during very high rainfalls.”
He also reported that Choice One Engineering is conducting a survey on the city’s south side, gathering information that will help the city create an action plan for addressing flooding issues throughout the city.
Installation of new traffic signals throughout London started on March 7. Where installation is in progress, motorists are asked to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
All the city’s signals are being replaced with the exception of those that have already been upgraded at Elm and Lafayette streets, Elm Street and Keny Boulevard, and Maple and Center streets.
Mailbox repairs and replacements
Council passed a measure setting a process by which the city will replace or repair mailboxes damaged by city employees during snow and ice control or other city maintenance work.
When such damage occurs, a property owner can submit a written request to the city administration for replacement or repair of their mailbox. The request must be made within 24 hours of the incident. The city will replace a damaged mailbox with a conventional mailbox. They will not replace decorative mailboxes and/or surrounding landscaping.