Voters to decide Alexandria’s future
ALEXANDRIA — Jim Jasper is in his fourth month as mayor of this Licking County village of 530 or so residents just north of Route 161 between New Albany and Newark.
It’s been a quiet start to his term, with the return of an auxiliary officer to monitor traffic on the busy stretch of Route 37 that runs through the tiny onestoplight community, plus a redoubling of efforts by the village’s museum and park boards and more mundane duties, including equipment maintenance.
“We’re taking care of business,” Jasper said. “We’re getting our bills paid on time.”
It’s standard stuff and maybe sounds a little boring, and that’s fine with Jasper and other officials in Alexandria, who have had more than their share of turmoil in recent years, capped by a prison sentence for a former fiscal officer convicted of illegally dipping into the village coffers for her personal use.
Her incarceration closed a difficult chapter, and Jasper’s focus is on the future.
“I try not to look back,” he said. “I don’t want to fuel the drama.”
But there’s one bit of unfinished business: Voters will decide in the May 8 primary whether Alexandria should retain local governance or dissolve and become part of surrounding St. Albans Township.
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