Vot­ers to de­cide Alexan­dria’s fu­ture

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Marc Ko­vac

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.

At least eight Ohio

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