By Lynne Phillips
The village has $703,000 in remaining funds from the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Project completed in New London, administrator Shawn Pickworth told council members during Monday night’s meeting.
“Representatives from the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development contacted me last week to discuss those funds,” he stated. “The USDA wants the village to submit a plan for the funds.” He added, “John (Chapin) and I met with a representative from Underground Utilities to discuss possible design and cost of continuing the project on Park Avenue to East Street. That is 2,100 feet and we would put in five new manholes and remove the two old sewer lines and replace them with one new line.” He noted, “We are just trying to decide how to get the biggest bang for our buck.”
Pickworth also reported he has met with Jones & Henry Engineering regarding the review on a pump station and forced main to be installed at the village’s Reservoir Park and Campground.
“The permit to install is expected to be submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency by the end of November and construction is expected to begin early in 2016.” He added, “Our goal is to have the project completed before the next camping season.”
Pickworth reported on other items as follows:
• The Terry Wilson Memorial Observation Deck is expected to be completed this week.
• Large equipment has been inventoried and the replacement cost has been estimated for the village’s property insurance.
Pickworth explained, “We are hoping to save some money on our policy renewal by doing this.”
• A final inspection and walk through with Advanced Roofing Services was done on Monday on the roof installed on the municipal building.
• Windows have been measured for replacement on the medical portion of village hall.
“To replace and install all of windows, materials and installation is $9,214, according to Pickworth. “But I forgot the three windows on the east side of the building,” he told council. To match the color of the gutters and windows installed during the police department remodeling the cost will be more than the $7,000 I originally told council.”
• A new 40” x 60” LED sign for the front of the building will cost $2,250.
Parks and Recreation Supervisor Joe Thomas reported the recently held gun raffle is expected to net a profit of approximately $18,000 to $20,000 for the parks. “It was very successful.”
He expressed appreciation to all who helped with the event, noting, there are businesses in town who take time away from their own business to sell tickets for the event, park board and community members who freely give of their time and many, many Thomas family members who show up to help with anything that needs done.
He also reported the failure of the park levy.
“I have heard some people say the park is just another line item on the village budget,” he said. “That isn’t true.” Explaining he said, “What we spend, we make.”
The village parks are entirely self supporting, he said, with the annual Labor Day Festival and now the gun raffle as the biggest money makers.
He noted the levy failure wasn’t entirely unexpected. “I think people just had to make a choice.”
The funds, had the levy passed, would have been used only for the parks, according to Thomas.
Residents are reminded spaces on Holiday Lane in Recreation Park are available and can be decorated any time. For information contact Thomas at 419-541-6131.
In other business council members approved the following agenda items:
• Second reading of an ordinance relating to changes to income tax codified ordinance due to start mandated changes implemented by House Bill 5.
• First reading of an ordinance appointing Stephen Bond of Brouse McDowell for the 2016 calendar year.
Council members briefly discussed the appointment of two individuals to council after the first of the year as council member Marion Paramore did not run for his seat during the last election and council member John Martin was elected as mayor.
Solicitor Bond suggested council wait until the new year to appoint individuals to those seats.
Pickworth told council members the minutes of each meeting are posted shortly after meetings but have not been formally approved by members. That will be changed and minutes will not be posted on the village website until they have been approved by council members during the next regular meeting.
New London Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The next meeting is Nov. 23.