By Lynne Phillips
New London's Birch Park Drive Improvement Project will funded through Issue 1, village administrator Shawn Pickworth reported to council members during Monday night's meeting."We have been fighting to have this project funded for two years," Pickworth told council. "And it is finally going to happen." Pickworth said, "We scored as number four in Huron County and 18 out 34 projects at the district level recommended for funding." The village will receive $133,000 in grant funding, $133,000 as zero percent interest loan with a village match of $55,000. The project, according to Pickworth, will include some storm sewer work along the new road, catch basins, curbs and sidewalks. The project area will encompass Fairhome Street to East Street. A major water leak of 200,000 to 300,000 gallons was discovered Oct. 12, Pickworth reported. "The leak was from our a system at the water plant. We were losing water from our tower at a faster than normal rate," he explained. "The water crew found water coming out of a storm sewer in Skellenger Creek near Short Sherman Street. "With the assistance of a locator crew the water crew was able to track the leak back to New London Avenue." Pickworth noted, two additional leaks were found and repaired on Daisy Drive and West Washburn Street. Residents are reminded the village does not own a leaf vacuum so that service is not provided. "We will pick up leaves that are bagged if they are placed on the tree lawn for 50 cents per bag," Pickworth told council. "Or residents may take their leaves to the compost facility at the village garage on West Fir Street at no charge." Additionally, Pickworth reported to council members as follows: • A signed contract with CSX that will allow the village to move forward with the Sectionline Road waterline Improvement Project. The date for the project is yet to be determined. • Crews continue restoration work on the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Project. "They are trying to get as much done as possible before the weather turns," Pickworth explained. "But there will be some driveways that will have wait until spring for restoration to be completed. "New manholes have been installed on New London Avenue and East Street," he added. "New manholes are being installed on North Maple Street. Three have been completed and two remain to be done." New manholes are also expected to be installed on Williams and Newkirk Streets between North Maple and Walnut Streets as the budget allows. "Paving crews have been in the village and are expected to remain until all areas are patched and ready to open." • A plugged sewer between Short Sherman and West Hooker Streets has been dug up and repaired. "There will be some driveway restoration work that will have to done in the spring." Reporting for the parks department Joe Thomas said the 2nd Annual Gun Raffle is set for Nov. 1 at the Hileman Building in Recreation Park. Tickets are $10 each and include meal and entry. Tickets will be available the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased from any park board member, at Gilbert's Hardware, The Gas Depot of the village office. Camping season is over, according to Thomas, and water lines will be drained and winterized in both village parks and restrooms will be closed. In other business council approved the following agenda items: • Second readings of three ordinances relating to fire services for New London, Fitchville and Clarksfield Townships. • An ordinance amending the 2014 annual appropriations of revenue gifted from the Friends of the New London Cemetery and the Terry Wilson Memorial. The ordinance was approved as a recommendation of the Huron County Auditor. Council adjourned their regular meeting in favor of a closed door session to discuss personnel. There was no action taken following the executive session. New London Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in council chambers at 7 p.m. The next regular meeting is Nov. 10.