(Posted Aug. 25, 2016)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
It won’t be long before a second water tower stands sentinel over London.
At the Aug. 18 city council meeting, Stan Kavy, water superintendent for London’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU), outlined the remaining work to be done.
The new one million-gallon water tower and automated satellite plant will be located on 20 acres off of Route 142 near Deer Creek Honey Farm. The tower is assembled and lying on the ground at the site. Painting of the exterior is slated to be done by Sept. 9.
Cranes will hoist the tank into upright position, a task Kavy said is scheduled to take place between Sept. 12 and Oct. 7. Interior painting and installation of electronics and instrumen-tation should be done by Nov. 4. Crews plan to sign off on he project in late November, after which the city will start the process of filling the tank.
Work on the water plant’s foundation is set to start this month. The plant and tower should be online by late summer or fall next year.
Kavy also reported that BPU received one bid for the city’s trash hauling. The bid from Rumpke represents a small increase over what the city currently pays. He said BPU will present the contract to city council for approval at council’s next meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
Mayor Patrick Closser said he and other city officials have had promising meetings with a business owner interested in opening a sit-down restaurant in London.
“We have done a couple of walk-throughs and were even asked to bring in the health department and our building department, which we did,” he said, without naming the restaurant or the potential location. “I don’t want to talk too much about it until they get closer to making a deal. I don’t want to jinx it. But he did tell me that he could see himself opening by the spring.”
Closser also reported that Jerry Lee of JVL Retail Properties has ironed out most of the details on the Shoppes at Keny strip mall he plans to construct on two acres along Lafayette Street, next to Rich Oil and in front of Tractor Supply Co. The 17,290 square-foot facility will hold seven storefronts.
“He has a letter of intent from businesses and hopes to have it filled by the day it opens,” Closser said.
Construction is slated to start this fall.
• City officials recently met with a company that specializes in credit and debit card processing for municipalities. For the convenience of residents, the city wants to be able to accept credit cards and online payments for city-related bills.
“We need to make sure our software can handle the process and what we would need to do on our back end,” Closser said.
• The parks and recreation department will hold a pooch paddle from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the city swimming pool. It’s a chance for dogs to take a dip before the pool closes for the summer.
• Council’s public service committee meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in council cham-bers, 6 E. Second St. The public safety committee meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the police department, 10 E. First St.