By Lynne Phillips
New London council members unanimously passed a resolution to ask voters to approve a two-mil tax levy for Parks and Recreation on the November ballot during Monday night's meeting.The measure was passed as an emergency by council.Parks and Recreation Director Joe Thomas said the levy would generate $54,000 for the park. "The money would be for Recreation Park only," he said.Council also approved a letter from Jones & Henry Engineering as a certificate of completion for the Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project in the village during Monday night's meeting."We will go into a warranty period," he told council. "About nine months from now they will come in and do an inspection of the sewer system, what was installed and that will give them time to do any warranty work that needs to be done within that 12 months."Residents can expect SR 60 and SR 162 to be closed by CSX for work on the railroad tracks."I have been contacted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)," Pickworth reported. "They (CSX) have already closed Walnut Street to put a new track in and they are requesting to close SR 60 the first week of August. It is expected to be closed for no more than a week. SR 162 will be closed toward the end of August. I did request that the road not be closed over the Labor Day weekend." Pickworth noted he has spoken with the CSX representative and he has been assured that if the work that will close 162 isn't done before Labor Day it will be done after. "By that time the work involving SR 60 should be done."Biglow Parkway will be used as a detour for 60, he told council. "I think there are some signs up for 60 and I imagine for 162 the detour will be 60, 224 and 250."The work will involve work on the tracks and paving.Reporting for the parks and reaction department, supervisor Joe Thomas told council the Revelation Retreat held recently at Reservoir Park went pretty well. "There were a couple of complaints of loud music on Thursday night but they were taken care of." Thomas added, "They had a better turnout than last year."Thomas was asked by council where the money went that is raised by the event. He replied he didn't know but would find out.Police Chief Mike Marko informed council members the person in charge of the event had solicited donations from local merchants last year and was told that he must register with the department. "He flew under the radar this year," Marko said. "He knew he was supposed to contact us to obtain a permit and have a background check done and he didn't."Thomas noted, the person in charge is actually one of the park's seasonal campers. "He rents every single cabin we have from Thursday through Sunday and the pavilions."Council member Stuart Cooke told Thomas he just wanted people to know what they are donating to.Thomas agreed to look into the matter and report back to council.In other matters Thomas reported as follows:• Forty chairs were donated to the village by Tom Prince.• On Aug. 9 a ATV/Motocross practice will be held at Recreation Park. "There is a 9 a.m. sign up with riding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.," according to Thomas. The cost is $20 per rider.• The parks and rec annual gun raffle is scheduled for Nov. 7 and will be held at the Hileman Building in Recreation Park. Tickets, according to Thomas will go on sale shortly.• The Hot Rod Charlie Car Show held this past weekend had about 70 cars on display and it was well attended.• A softball tournament also went well.In other business council approved the following agenda items:• An ordinance revising future compensation for the mayor and council members.The ordinance states compensation for the mayor, effective Jan. 1, 2016 will be $7,500 per year. Current compensation of the mayor is $5,000 per year.For members of council compensation will be $100 per month, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Council members are currently compensated at $800 per year.The measure was passed as an emergency.• The New London Eagles will be permitted to run a beer tent during the Labor Day Festival.Bill Curtis, reporting as council's representative on the board of Firelands Ambulance Service (FAS), said the annual Safe Kids event is set for Aug. 4-6 at 25 James St., in the village. The event is for children from ages four through nine. from 9 a.m. to noon.Children must be pre-registered by Aug. 1 to attend. Registration forms are available at the New London Village Office, at 115 E. Main St., other local businesses and on page 5 of today's issue of the New London Record.For additional information or to register contact FAS at 419-929-1487.New London Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers.