The City of London announced Thursday night it lost two officials this week, the street superintendent and the chairman for the board of public utilities.
London Mayor Pat Closser informed the city council that Nate Ernst, the city’s street superintendent was resigning from his position after being offered a higher paying position elsewhere.
“I would like to thank Nate for his service to the City of London,” said Closser. “Since he came on the city we have been able to accomplish a lot in that department.”
The city has posted for the new job internally and has already received applicants. Joe Mossier has assessed a few of them and hopes to hire someone soon.
Ernst’s last day will be July 14.
Council also recognized the service of Chairman for the board of public utilities Bill Blazer, who passed away Wednesday.
They held a moment of silence to remember the 63-year-old London native.
“I’ve known Bill for 40 years, probably,” said Council member Rex Castle. “He really was a great guy and he’ll be greatly missed.”
Council member Dick Minner recalled some of the things he did for the community.
“Bill did a lot for the community especially in athletics,” he said. “He was really a great guy. And I’m going to miss him.”
Council member Doug Peters concurred about Blazer’s work in athletics.
“I’ve known Bill since I was eight or nine years old,” said Peters. “He didn’t have any kids and I remember one summer he helped coach my ball team … He took a few of us kids to Indianapolis.”
Closser said he didn’t know Blazer for long but he left a large impression as well.
“I was able to really get to know Bill over the past few years and I can say he was a great man who would do anything to help others and better our community,” he said. “Bill will be missed and I would like to extend my condolences to all of his friends and family.”
Other business from Thursday’s council meeting:
• Closser said he was in talks with Maronda Homes to bring new housing to the city. He mentioned the deal is almost complete.
• Council put an ordinance to amend a rule on incoming festival vendors on first reading. Closser said that it would require background checks on anyone working festivals and would now empower the village to bar individuals that may have extensive criminal histories. Previously, the law simply put those with a criminal background on a list.
• Council approved appropriation reimbursing the city’s police for their “Casting with a Cop” program where children fish with police officers.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.