City Safety Day Success

Over 20 citizens donated blood to the Kentucky Blood Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4th from 1-5pm at the London Fire Department. Together, the Fire Dept. and the London Police Department provided the City Safety Day to host a community blood drive and child safety seat checks.

“Even during COVID-19 we are still here for the community, providing services and looking out for their safety,” said PIO Magen Zawko with the London Police Department.

For citizens who missed the event and still wish to donate blood to help save lives, the Kentucky Blood Center advised checking their website kybloodcenter.org to find a blood drive nearby.

For those need a child’s safety seat checked, the London Police and Fire Departments have technicians on-hand daily. To schedule an appointment for a seat check, call (606) 878-7004 or (606) 864-2922. For more information about car seats, visit NHTSA.GOV.

Kentucky’s Child Safety Seat Law:

Children 40 inches or less must be properly restrained in a federally approved safety seat. Children younger than seven and between 40 and 50 inches must be properly secured in a booster seat.

The City of London hopes to provide more City Safety Days in the future to further encourage local citizens to connect with the free services offered to them.

London Community Center Director Retires

After 28 years of community service, Tish Rudder announced her retirement Tuesday as director of the London Community Center.

City of London employees, family and well wishers offered congratulations to celebrate her retirement, along with a beautiful cake with a poignant message.

Rudder worked nine years for the city, nine years for the county and 10 years for the Laurel County School System.

When asked what she plans to do in retirement, Rudder said she plans to help downsize into a new home, spend time with the kids and grandkids “and the rest we will just make up as we go along. That’s the beauty of retirement.”

A message from the Mayor’s Office

Mayor Troy Rudder is announcing that out of respect for our employees and respect for the general public, and with guidance from both State and Federal governments, the City of London asks that customers use the drive-through at both City Hall and the London Utility Commission.

The Police, and Fire Departments along with the Community Center have glass partitions for your safety and ours. All business transactions including building permits and business licenses can be made by using our drive-up window. For other matters, call us at 864-4169.

Stay strong, stay aware and stay safe.

London Police Officers Receive Award of Valor

London Police officers received the Award of Valor during Monday’s City Council meeting. The awards were presented in reference to acts of valor on 10.1.19 when officers went above and beyond with disregard to their own safety to protect the lives of others. Their acts resulted in the arrest of an armed wanted subject.

Those who received the award include: Chief Darrel Kilburn, Captain Randy Medlock, Corporal Troy Truett, Ofc. Cody Faulconer, and Ofc. Ashley Taylor. Members of the Laurel Co. Sheriff’s Office were also recognized for their support and actions.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

The City of London rang in the new decade with its second annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Tuesday night, featuring the Pink Cadillac band from Nashville and DJ Larry Lee to keep the festivities hopping until the ball dropped at midnight.

The event had something for all ages. Youngsters danced to the music. Middle-aged folk reminisced with many of their friends who came in from out of town. While older people stayed up past their bedtimes and kept warm inside the heated tent to welcome in the new year.

Everyone had a good time and it capped a great 2019 for the City of London.

2019 Community Clean Up Day

More than 60 volunteers participated Saturday morning in the 2019 Community Clean Up Day in downtown London. Dozens of bags of trash were removed to help London look its best during the World Chicken Festival next week.

Non-profit groups competed for prizes for the number of participants in each group and the total bags of litter collected. Each volunteer also received a free pass to Treetop Adventure.

Thanks to everyone who made the Clean Up Day a great success. Also, thanks to First National Bank of Manchester, Daniel Carmack of Sallie Davidson Realtors and Todd Strouse- Edward Jones Investments for their generous prize donations.

College Park Dr. Pond Drains

The apparent failure of an overflow pipe caused the large pond at Somerset Community College to drain almost completely away overnight Wednesday, Aug. 28th. The water started draining following a hard rain after midnight, and had disappeared by 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 28th.

Loss of the large volume of water also caused the side of the main road leading to the London-Laurel Wellness Park to give way, prompting officials to close the road until the situation is assessed. After initially believing the park could stay open via a detour, SCC officials informed London Parks and Recreation Director Mackie Williams that they were concerned about the stability of the area, and asked that the Wellness Park be closed through the Labor Day weekend.

The pond and the drainage system were built decades ago when the property was a depot for coal coming in from Eastern Kentucky. Four large heavy equipment tires were uncovered in the bottom of the pond. London and Laurel County purchased the property and later deeded portions, including the road, to Somerset Community College.

Williams said he inspected below the Wellness Park where the drain pipe exits to make sure there was no flood damage from the millions of gallons of water sucked out of the pond. “I went all the way down to the railroad track and there wasn’t any damage,” he said. “There is a big culvert under the railroad track that leads to the Little Laurel River back there. The creek is huge so the water just dispersed.”

The Wellness Park off College Park Dr. re-opened on Wednesday, Sept. 4th. For safety purposes, the City is asking the public to follow the “detour” signs to the park and use caution while driving through Somerset Community College’s Laurel Campus to access the road between the ponds.

As always, be mindful of pedestrians and enjoy the park!

London Police have successful National Night Out 2019

For the fourth year in a row, the London Police Department had a successful National Night Out. National Night Out is a free family-friendly designated safe night out across America to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.

Over 300 attended with over 25 community partners providing free food and giveaways. London Police held a Pinewood Derby for children and a Shop with a Cop “Pie an Officer in the Face” fundraiser. London Police collected $686 in donations for Shop with a Cop. The Kentucky Bloodmobile was in attendance, receiving 10 registered donors and seven units of blood.

Plans to complete KY 30 segment announced

Mayor Troy Rudder and Judge-Executive David Westerfield joined Governor Matt Bevin and other officials to announce plans to complete the final segment of KY 30 along the 37-mile corridor that stretches from KY 11 in Booneville to the Hal Rogers Parkway in London.

At the end of August, a contract will be awarded to straighten the 13.5-mile curvy corridor between US 421 in Jackson County to Travellers Rest in Owsley County, reducing the length by 3.5 miles. A shorter, straighter path means drive times will be cut in half from 21 minutes to 11 minutes. KY 30 is the most direct route from Lee, Jackson and Owsley Counties to I-75 south, businesses in London, western Kentucky and Tennessee.

The announcement was made at the Department of Highways garage on West Ky. 80 in London.

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