Officer Lance Furry
Council remembers Gahanna police veteran
For the second time in as many meetings, Gahanna City Council opened its May 6 meeting with a moment of silence to remember and honor the fallen.
The April 15 meeting was opened with a reflection on those who were injured or killed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
This time, it was to remember and honor Gahanna police officer Lance Furry, 42, who died May 3 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital.
Mayor Becky Stinchcomb said Furry was a Navy veteran, and he worked third shift for the Gahanna Police Department for many years.
"His loss is felt by myself and the police department," she said. "I ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. It's a major loss for a longtime veteran of the department."
Police Chief Dennis Murphy told ThisWeek Furry had worked for the police department since May 1997.
"He went from being a dispatcher to a police officer," Murphy said. "He was a good guy and valued member of the department."
Council president Stephen Renner and other council member extended condolences to Furry's family.
His mother, Ginny Furry, lives in Gahanna, according to his obituary.
Furry, a Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate, resided in Pickerington with his wife and two young children.
The Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home handled arrangements. Calling hours were scheduled Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at the funeral home, 550 Hill Road N. (state Route 256) in Pickerington.
Interment with military honors will follow at Violet Cemetery.
Friends may contribute to Ohio C.O.P.S., P.O. Box 11645, Cincinnati, 45211, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2225 Citygate Drive, Columbus, 43201, in Furry's memory.
In council action, legislation was approved in connection with the city's income tax.
If voters approve raising the income-tax rate from 1.5 to 2.5 percent May 7, the tax credit would increase from 83.3 to 100 percent.
A public hearing also was held for the Hamilton Road corridor plan.
Development director Anthony Jones said the Planning Commission approved the plan in April, and he's seeking council's approval.
The plan's purpose is to allow the city to develop policy and public improvement initiatives that would facilitate development and redevelopment of properties along South and North Hamilton Road from Interstate 270 to Clark State Road.
It also would provide guidance to property owners and developers by documenting and defining community priorities for development and design for the area.
Jones said goals of the plan are to make the corridor economically diverse and competitive and to preserve what is Gahanna. It's also intended to maintain and improve connections, provide unique branding and allow for quality growth.
He said four public meetings were held concerning the plan, with more than 100 in attendance.
"We want the plan to encompass the desires of the residents as much as possible," he said.
Jones said the goal for landscaping in the corridor is to make it low maintenance but high quality.
"We'd also like it to be pedestrian-friendly, have a strong branding component and inviting streetscape," he said. "We also want public spaces, where people can interact. The public spaces need to be functional."
Council is scheduled to discuss the corridor plan further during its next committee meeting May 13.