By Lynne Phillips
During a brief meeting held on Monday evening, New London Council members approved a resolution for emergency management services for the village.The resolution allows for a contract with Huron County Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA) for services at a cost of $.25 per person based on the population of the village. The total cost for the annually renewable contract is $615.25 for the contract year 2015-2016.Village administrator Shawn Pickworth told council utility crews are busy draining and cleaning the settling tanks. "This is something that is done each spring and fall," he said.Both road and restoration crews are expected in town May 4, according to Pickworth. "Road crews will begin on West Main Street and move to North Main, East Main and finish on South Main." He added, "Traffic is expected to be maintained throughout the process but there could be some delays. Please be patient and lookout for the workers."Included in Pickworth's report were the following items:• Crews continue to work on patching pot holes around the village."Last winter was rough on our roads," he said, "and we are doing our best to keep up."• Spring clean up went well. There was over 50 tons picked up in addition to residents using the dumpsters set out at the village garage."We have gotten a lot of good comments about the dumpsters and residents seemed to appreciate what we did."• Six employees including Pickworth and water/wastewater superintendent John Chapin attended training required by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) on April 23.Reporting on parks and recreation Joe Thomas told council the camping season is starting and currently there are about 80 seasonal campers. That number is from previous years.Thomas said a spring clean up work day was held on April 19 at Reservoir and Recreation Parks and the campgrounds. "A lot got done and we appreciate all the people who came out to help." He noted there are still things remaining to be done.• A park board meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hileman Building.Ellen Simmons reminded council members The Kentucky Derby Night At The Races will be held on Saturday, May 2 at the Hileman Building. Doors open at 5 p.m. The first race starts at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available at $25 per person which includes dinner.The event, sponsored by the New London Rotary Club and the New London Community Improvement Corporation benefits the Terry Wilson Memorial Dock Fund.Council members approved allowing alcohol to be served at the event.New London Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers.The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 11. This will be the only meeting in May due to the Memorial Day Holiday on May 25.A public hearing for the adoption of proposed zoning changes will be held on Monday June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers prior to the regular council meeting.