Paving, movies and more in London

London Mayor Patrick Closser presents Susan Thompson, Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent, with a proclamation declaring April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month and April 2, 2018, as World Autism Awareness Day in London. The purpose is to promote awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

(Posted April 16, 2018)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

At the April 5 city council meeting, London Mayor Patrick Closser shared details about upcoming activities and developments around the city:

* Paving project–The Ohio Department of Transportation will start its High and Elm streets paving project on April 16. Crews will begin on the west side of the city by the Madison County Senior Center and work their way east on High Street then up Elm Street.

* Housing–The city signed off on plans presented by Maronda Homes to build 50 homes in their Chevington project, located near Walmart. Construction is slated to start this summer.

* Movies–The city’s outdoor movie series, Movies by Moonlight, begins June 1 with the showing of “Despicable Me 3,” sponsored by United Way. This and several other movies will be shown at Cowling Park on the city’s portable movie screen.

“These events were a huge success last year, and we hope to keep that momentum going in the summer of 2018,” Closser said. “I will have a complete list of movies and sponsors very soon.”

He noted that the movie screen and accompanying sound system are getting good use beyond the summer movie series. This winter, organizers of the city’s youth volleyball league used the sound system to announce each player’s name at the start of tournament games. Additionally, the city leant the screen and system to Madison-Plains Local Schools to show movies to students at Christmas time.

In other news at the council meeting, a new list of council committees was shared. The changes were made to incorporate the new members of council. The committee assignments are as follows:

* Finance–Rex Castle (chair), Andy Hitt, Brenda Russell;

* Public service–Josh Peters (chair), Henry Comer, Brenda Russell;

* Public safety–Rich Hays (chair), Andy Hitt, Anthony Smith;

* BPU–Anthony Smith; and

* City properties–Rex Castle (chair), Josh Peters.

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