By Lynne Phillips
New London's water treatment plants have been dealing with and correcting a water taste and odor issue, administrator Shawn Pickworth told council members during Monday evening's meeting."Surface water can be very difficult to treat during the summer months," Pickworth said. "We test our water daily and at no time has our water been unsafe to drink." He noted he believes the issue has been corrected and now it is a matter of getting water lines flushed. "Our crews work hard to provide the best quality possible for our customers and will continue to do so." Updating council on the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Elimination Project, he said crews have been working on West Main Street and Shadyside Drive. The monthly project progress meeting was held on July 8. "We continue to operate within our budget," Pickworth pointed out. "There have been five change orders that have had some impact to the budget." At this time, according to Pickworth, the plan is for the main crew to complete West Main by mid August and begin setting up on South Main around Aug. 18. If plans continue on schedule, all pipe will be in the ground by the first part of November. He noted, that will be the end of the paving season which could force the village to wait until spring to do repaving. Completion date of the project is April 10, 2015. Remodeling of the police department is nearly complete. Delivery of furnishings is expected on Thursday and moving into the newly renovated quarters will be on Friday. Pickworth reported on other matters as follows: • A preconstruction meeting has been held for the repaving of Third Street. The project is expected to last two to three days and to begin in mid August. • A Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) grant through Ohio Environmental Protection Agenc did not receive funding. "There were 81 grant applications," commented Pickworth, "and 22 were funded." He added, "This is very competitive and is difficult for small communities to be funded." • Dumpster rentals are in high demand. Pickworth said, if someone knows they have an upcoming project and will be needing a dumpster it is best to reserve ahead of time. • Both garbage trucks have been placed back into service. The new truck, according to Pickworth, was down for about two weeks due to brake issues and a transmission problem The transmission was covered by warranty. • Mosquito spraying has been done on almost a weekly basis. The village has used nearly 85 gallons of spray so far this summer. • The Zoning and Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals will meet to review the final draft of proposed updates on Monday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. prior to the regular council meeting. Joe Thomas reported on the parks and recreation department as follows: • Rockin the Rez held last Saturday was well attended, according to Thomas. "We received a lot of positive comments about the event, the park and everyone loved the fireworks," he said. • The 2014 Huron County F.A.R.M. Tractor Show is on tap for Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20 at New London Recreation Park. "This the second year for this event," said Thomas, "and we are expecting a good turnout." • The Windsurf Regatta will be held on July 19 and 20 at the New London Reservoir Park. • Christmas in July is scheduled for July 19 at the campground. • Revelation Christian Camping Retreat will be held at New London Reservoir Park and Campground July 25-27. • A drawing for duck blinds at the reservoir will be held on Monday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in council chambers. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit for the blinds. In other business council approved the following agenda items: • Final reading of a contract with the Huron County Sheriff's Department for dispatching for the police and fire departments. • Second readings of ordinances relating to income tax renewal, placing the renewal on the November ballot and an ordinance to amend the 2014 annual appropriations. New London Village Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers.