(Posted Feb. 19, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Improvements are in the works across several departments in the city of London–some short-term, some long-term.
Coming up this spring, crews will tackle a storm sewer project along School Street headed toward Liberty Street. Historically, the intersection of Elm and High streets has been a hotspot for flooding. The School Street project is a continuation of improvements in that area. On Feb. 18, city council appropriated $300,000 for the project.
Looking to the future, city council members are taking a hard look at Merri-Mac Park–what improvements are needed and how to pay for them. Brenda Russell, along with fellow council members Josh Peters and Bryan Robinson, are heading up the effort. They plan to seek community input.
“It’s going to be a very detailed and long process, but I appreciate those guys for kind of taking the bull by the horns and getting this thing really moving,” said Mayor Patrick Closser. “We’re growing. We have to make sure that we have even more recreation for our citizens.”
The police department is looking to the future, too. Council set aside $12,000 for an assessment of the department with a focus on facility needs.
“As our community continues to grow, we need to assess all of our departments, and this is just one we’re looking to assess,” Closser said about the police department.
The assessment is set to take place this summer.
“We’ll see what they come back with and go from there. This is just the first step,” Closser said.
Board of Zoning Appeals
Mark Landes introduced himself to council. Closser recently appointed Landes to the city’s board of zoning appeals.
Landes grew up on Oak Street and served as city council president when he was 24 years old. He left the area to serve in the U.S. Army, later spending time at the Pentagon. He currently manages a law firm he founded in Columbus and recently moved back to London.
“I’m here to serve my old hometown any time I can,” Landes said.
A camera crew from England recently interviewed officers from the London and Plain City police departments and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office about a pursuit that took place in the county. The crew is putting together a television program about bodycams that will air later this year on the Investigation Discovery channel.
Closser said he and Rex Henry, the city’s safety-service director, met with the proprietors of Casey’s General Store, a regional company that plans to open a store on Keny Boulevard in April.
“They really want to get involved in the community and not just be a business that comes here and takes money. They want to help out,” Closser said.