Last updated: August 08. 2014 5:30PM - 1427 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com



The intersection of High and Oak streets in London is one of four which could be undergoing a change per the Ohio Department of Transportation's proposal. A recent ODOT study stated the lights at the High Street intersections of Walnut, Union and Oak streets, as well as Madison Road, are no longer necessary.
The intersection of High and Oak streets in London is one of four which could be undergoing a change per the Ohio Department of Transportation's proposal. A recent ODOT study stated the lights at the High Street intersections of Walnut, Union and Oak streets, as well as Madison Road, are no longer necessary.
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The Ohio Department of Transportation will soon propose the City of London remove four traffic signals on High Street, according to Mayor Dave Eades.


Eades told members of city council on Thursday that a recent ODOT traffic safety study showed lights at the High Street intersections of Walnut, Union and Oak streets, as well as Madison Road, are no longer necessary.


Only traffic patterns at High and Main streets warranted a signal light.


ODOT representatives are expected to present study results and a proposal to replace the lights with stop signs at the Aug. 21 council meeting, Eades said.


Council president Pat Closser encouraged local residents to attend the meeting and provide input.


Also on Thursday, a majority of council members agreed to spend $4,600 on improvements to the gym floor at the London Community Center.


An amended resolution sponsored by member Rodney Lauer drew lengthy debate about the center’s future and a tentative sale of the former school campus to Brightway Institute, a two-year technical college.


Under the sale contract, Brightway will assume the cost of improvements to the center.


Safety-services director Steve Hume said his last contact with Brightway representatives came two weeks ago. He didn’t provide an update on status of the sale.


Lauer said sanding and re-coating the gym floor will make it usable for the upcoming volleyball and basketball seasons — regardless of Brightway’s plans. Lauer expected re-surfacing to last three years.


Member Rex Castle agreed, saying council should not allow city-owned facilities to fall into disrepair.


Lauer’s resolution passed in a 4-3 vote, with members Steve Scaggs, Jason Schwaderer and Trint Hatt dissenting.


In other meeting action on Thursday, council:


• Agreed to spend $18,500 to repair drains at Main and Center streets and lay new street markings at Windsor Avenue and Thames Court and at several locations on Lafayette Street.


• Authorized the board of public utilities to sell a wrecked vehicle for salvage.


• Created a separate, $60,000 capital fund for the fire department to pay for firehouse repairs and new equipment.


• Cancelled an easement agreement with MTB Corporation for a parcel of land on East High Street.


Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.

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