Powell City Council last week named Dave Lackey to fill the unexpired term of councilman Elmer Meider, who resigned.

Powell City Council last week named Dave Lackey to fill the unexpired term of councilman Elmer Meider, who resigned.

Lackey served on city council from 2002-2005 and served on the city's planning and zoning commission from 1997 to 2001. He will take office Aug. 1.

Meider announced earlier this month that he would leave the seat early because of scheduling conflicts with council meetings and his real estate business and traveling plans. His unexpired term will end Dec. 31.

"My business responsibilities have picked up substantially and I have two international trips planned as well as trips to visit family," Meider said earlier. "I realized my schedule had me missing a majority of the meetings and I didn't think it was fair to the residents or to other council members not to be able to serve as much as I should be."

Under the circumstances, both city officials and Lackey said he was the best person to handle the vacancy.

"They were looking for someone not running for election, so as not to give anyone a leg up, but they also didn't want someone who needed to learn the job," Lackey said. "I have a lot of pulls on my time, but I thought it was important. ... I'm somebody who likes to help out."

His knowledge of the Murphy Parkway extension discussions that occurred during his time on P&Z and on council will help Lackey to "hit the ground running," said Jeff Robinson, Powell information officer.

"It was a situation where he was a very good fit," Robinson said. "(Lackey) approached (Mayor) Tom Counts and said he would be willing to serve, but wasn't interested in running for the seat (in November). He was at the top of council's list.

"Council didn't want to select someone who has declared an interest in running because it would seem like showing preference to one candidate over another and they didn't want to do that," Robinson said.

Council members will discuss the scope of a Murphy Parkway extension on Aug. 5, Robinson said. Lackey's previous experience with the issue will enable him to "bring background information and jump right into the discussion."

Council has asked city staffers to have "shovel-ready" engineering plans for extending Murphy Parkway in case future federal stimulus dollars for such projects become available.

The parkway runs from Olentangy Street on the north and dead ends near Presidential Parkway on the south. It would be expanded to the east, connecting with South Liberty Street.

The expansion has long been discussed as an alternate route around the downtown, similar to Bennett Parkway on the city's southeast side.

Lackey is an attorney. He and his wife Kathleen have three sons, Spencer, Cameron and Tyler.

Council also appointed Joe Jester, a member of the board of zoning appeals, to fill Dan Wiencek's vacancy on the planning and zoning commission. His appointment, effective immediately, will create a vacancy on the BZA which council will fill at a later date.

Marge Bennett and Larry Coolidge were reappointed to three-year terms on the Historic Downtown Advisory Commission. Both are current members of the HDAC whose terms expire on Sept. 16 of this year.