Jane Beathard Staff Writer
December 31, 2013
With more money in city coffers and an improving overall local economy, London Mayor Dave Eades plans to re-address a “wish list” of improvements that date from 2008.
Eades will list specifics to city council on Thursday, Jan. 2.
“We had things lined up to do in 2008 when the economy tanked,” Eades said.
His remarks will target council’s three new members: Rodney Lauer, Josh Peters and Jason Schwaderer.
“I want to inform them,” Eades said.
The list includes a new storm drain at the intersection of Elm and East High streets where flooding presents a traffic hazard during heavy rains. New drains and storm sewers elsewhere on Elm Street will relieve periodic flooding in residential neighborhoods as far west and north as Virginia Avenue, Eades said.
A 1993 estimate put the total project cost at $1 million.
“It will be a lot more now,” Eades said.
New storm drains on School Street will cost another $600,000.
Eades plans to seek grants for a new bridge and sidewalks on Park Avenue.
Maple Street between Center and East High streets is slated for re-surfacing next year.
Also on the mayor’s list: A new shelter house with restrooms at Merri-Mac Park on the city’s south side; an elevator for the London Community Center on Walnut Street and a “lift” for the former primary school building at the corner of Walnut and East High streets.
An elevator will provide handicap access to the community center gym. A lift in the former primary building will make the second floor more accessible and usable.
The elevator and lift are estimated to cost $48,000. Council member Dick Minner is expected to sponsor legislation for the project during Thursday’s meeting, according to president Pat Closser.
Earlier this year, council approved a new water plant and well field on London’s east side. They are scheduled to be up and running in 2014. A loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority will cover the bill.
Without more and improved water resources the city will not attract new businesses and grow, Eades said.
London is already in the sights of at least one manufacturing company seeking to locate in central Ohio. City and county officials are mum on the details and other areas are also under consideration. Council member Roger Morris said on Dec. 19 the business would bring 700 jobs to the city.