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Jackson Twp. Approves Fire Contract

JACKSON TWP- Chief of the Shelby Fire Department Mike Thompson and Shelby City Councilman Garland Gates discussed negotiations regarding the fire contract with Jackson Township during the regular township meeting held on Tuesday night.

Trustee Mark Eshelman explained he met with Thompson and Gates regarding the fire contract for the township last week.

“They have came back with an offer of two and a half percent (increase) for the first two years and two percent (increase) on the last three years for a five year contract,” Eshelman said.

Eshelman asked fellow trustees how they felt about the proposed negotiation from the fire department...Read More

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Plymouth Has New Administrator

PLYMOUTH - The Village of Plymouth has a new administrator. Members of council adopted a resolution to confirm Mayor Tim Redden’s appointment of Tom Rusynyk to the position. He will be paid $53,400 a year.

His first day was Monday, July 16. Council waived the requirement he live inside the village within six months. Rusynyk said he lives in Greenwich.

Plymouth resident Melvin Thornsberry spoke to council about his recent water bill for $810. He said he started to have a problem with his water meter several months ago and called the village to report the problem...Read More

Revenues Keeping Up With Expenses For City

Income tax collections for the first half of the year are $1,852,000, according to finance director Sue Johnson. She told members of city council this is about 55-percent of what the city had budgeted for the year.

Overall revenues for the entire budget, she noted, are $6,896,000, which is 45.5-percent of what was budgeted that the city would receive. Johnson said total expenses, so far this year, are $7,427,000 or 39-percent of the budget.

“I see no concerns currently with salaries and wages,” Johnson pointed out. “All departments are near or below the 50-percent mark for the year....Read More

Preliminary State Assessment Results Shared With NLBOE Members

A preliminary look at what New London students have accomplished on the state assessments was shared with board of education members during Monday night’s meeting by superintendent Brad Romano.

He told the board in three categories the district is within two or three percentage points of the state average and in many others they are significantly higher.

Citing the state average in Algebra I of a 52 percent passage rate, Romano said, “The district is at an 84 percent passage rate. We are 32 points above the state average.” He noted in the state assessments students are encouraged to retake the tests as many times as they need to in order to accumulate enough end of course points to reach graduation. “Our complaint has always been that the students who are retaking the tests achieve success at a lower rate than those students who are taking the test for the first time.” He added, “There is supposed to be a indicator on the state report card that breaks out the first time test takers with repeat test takers. The 84 percent represents our first time test takers....Read More

Annual F.A.R.M. Show July 28-29

The 23rd Annual F.A.R.M. (Firelands Area Restorers of Machines) Antique Tractor Show is Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29 at the New London Recreation Park.

International Harvester tractors and equipment, as well as Cub Cadet and hit and miss engines, are featured at this year’s show. As always, admission to the show is by donation.

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with opening ceremonies and tractor games followed by the tractor parade at 10:30 and the always popular pie auction at 1. Danny Beck will entertain from 2 to 4....Read More

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