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!

Town Center Park Progress

Work on the new Town Center Park next to London Elementary is progressing nicely under the supervision of Craig Mullins Construction of London. The stage area at the top of the park is taking shape, along with the restroom complex and drainage network.

At it’s regular monthly meeting Monday evening, City of London Tourism awarded a contract to architect David Zawko of Deco Architects to design a permanent shade structure, with artistic notes, in the center of the park and a matching clamshell cover over the stage.

Construction on the Town Center Park should be finished later this year.

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.

London Fire Department to receive new state-of-the-art fire engine

The City of London Fire Department will have a new first-out fire truck after bids were awarded at last night’s London City Council meeting. The fire department sought bids for a new fire truck and, following Chief Carl Hacker’s recommendation, the council accepted a bid of $564,889 for a 2019 Ferrara fire truck from America’s Bravest Equipment Co. in Louisville.

The new truck is a demo, which saved the city thousands of dollars. “It has a lot more capabilities than what we put in our specs, for a lot less money,” Hacker said. The truck will replace an engine that came into service 33 years ago. The council allocated money to pay the debt service on the truck in the new fiscal year budget.

Hacker said the state-of-the-art fire engine will be delivered next month after it is outfitted with $129,962 in new fire equipment, including $90,000 for new air packs for the city’s firemen.

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.

U.S. Census 2020 Jobs

The United States Census 2020 is now taking applications for Census Takers! $14 an hour and $0.58 per mile.

The City of London hopes to receive an accurate count of our citizens in 2020 to help improve our roads, schools, emergency services, local jobs, shopping choices, as well as state representation in Congress. Help improve your local community by becoming a Census Taker!

To apply online visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

The U.S. Census states that 2020 Census jobs provide great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay, and paid training.

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