Last Week Of April Set For NL Spring Clean Up

By Lynne Phillips
News Editor

Spring clean up for New London residents has been scheduled for the last full week of April, administrator Shawn Pickworth reported to council during Monday night's meeting.

"We know residents have got the 'spring cleaning' itch," said Pickworth. He suggested dumpsters be provided at the village garage for residents who wish to start hauling items for disposal prior to the actual start of the clean up at no charge. He noted the village crew will make sure the dumpsters are emptied on a daily basis so residents can make as many trips as needed. "This is something we can try, providing there is no illegal dumping of items the village cannot take to the landfill."

The spring clean up schedule for the Tuesday route will be April 21 and Thursday route will be April 23. Pickworth said those are the only two dates items for the clean up will be picked up. "We will not come back. If we are requested to return by residents charges will apply."

The following rules for the clean up apply:

• Different materials are to be in separate piles and placed on the lawn for pick up.

• Items normally picked up on the regular trash route are to be separated from spring clean up items.

The following will not be picked up:

• Asbestos materials, gas tanks, chemicals, paint, yard waste, sod, dirt, rocks, concrete or batteries.

There will an additional charge of $5 (each) for small tires without rims, $10 (each) for small tires with rims, $6 (each) for large tires without rims, $12 (each) for large tires with rims, $10 (each) semi tire without rims, $15 (each) for semi tires with rims.

* Brush clippings will be picked up at a different time.

Pickworth briefly discussed a possible roof replacement on the municipal building.

He told council some of the concerns relate to possible asbestos in the existing roof materials. "A core sample and test are recommended to determine this." He added, "We will need a permit for this and we will have to have technical specifications drawn up for application for the permit. This will cost the village $5,500." Council members agreed to have Pickworth seek quotes for the project.

Spring clean up is for New London Village residents only.

Pickworth reported on other matters as follows:

• Crews will be flushing hydrants throughout the month of April on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as sometimes on Fridays in the afternoon.

"That means there will be some stirred up and rusty water," Pickworth stated.

• A water leak on SR 60 was dug up and repaired on March 10.

• The Sanitary Sewer Overflow Elimination Project is pretty much completed.

"We do have a problem section," Pickworth said. "On Park Avenue there is a section that goes east of the Catholic Church. It is seven feet below the floor of their basement." He added, "It is going to be tricky to do and we are trying to see what and how we can do it. It will not be as easy as slip lining it. The inlet from the church disconnected from the tap, so it washed out the dirt from around the pipe. It is like a cave in."

The expected cost of the additional work, according to Pickworth is about $10,000.

• New London will host the annual Huron County Development Council Luncheon on April 10 at the Hileman Building.

"This is a great opportunity for the village to promote and show off a little about New London," said Pickworth.

Residents are reminded that all residents 18 years or older must file a village tax return. For more information contact Michelle Poppa at 419-929-4091 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Joe Thomas, director of parks and recreation reported as follows:

• Breakfast with Easter Bunny will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 29 at the Hileman Building. The Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will include activities and a holiday related movie.

All proceeds benefit the village's park system, according to Thomas.

• A reverse raffle for the Veteran's Monument will be held on Saturday, April 11 at the Hileman Building. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets will be sold until 6:30 p.m. with the first draw at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at Gilbert's Hardware and at the village office.

Thomas also reported many people have been utilizing the park but the restrooms have not been opened. "We won't be opening them till the weather breaks," he commented.

A new playground is slated for construction at the reservoir park. "We will be receiving a NatureWorks grant totaling $13,500 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources," said Thomas.

In other business council members approved first reading of four ordinances.

Ord. 15-04 relates to current replacement pages in the village's codified ordinances.

Ord. 15-05 authorizes an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to participated in the state cooperative salt purchasing program.

Ord. 15-06 relates to amending the employee handbook to designate pay ranges for positions in the village's park department.

Ord. 150-07 authorizes a revolving loan fund administration agreement with State of Ohio Development Services Agency.

A special meeting has been set for Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. to address the ordinances.

Council members adjourned their regular meeting in favor of a closed door session to discuss personnel. There was no action taken after the executive session.

New London Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in council chambers at 7 p.m.

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