By Lynne Phillips
The village of New London will see significant savings by going with a self-funded health insurance plan according to Independent Insurance Agent Vicki Missler.Missler reported on the savings to council members during Monday evening's meeting. "The old plan was $22,562 per month," said Missler. "We quoted a cost of $19,583 but when all of the applications came back and all questions were answered the cost is $17,883 per month which is a savings of over $4,000 per month." Trench repairs for the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Project have been underway on South Main Street and are expected to be completed by Oct. 24, according to village administrator Shawn Pickworth. Manhole replacement has begun on New London Avenue and will continue on East Street and move over to North Maple. A total of 24 additional manholes will be replaced. "Restoration work has begun on West Main Street and will continue through the fall as weather permits," said Pickworth. He noted, "Some restoration may not take place until next spring, there is just too much to get done." A crew from Indiana is in the village cleaning sewers in preparation for the slip line crew. "This part of the SSO project is expected to last six to eight weeks," Pickworth said. Pickworth also reported on the following: • The water/wastewater crew has made progress with phosphorous removal. Equipment is currently being tested to monitor flow and feeds the right amount of chemical as needed. "So far," he noted, "we have had good results." • A failed section of sewer pipe has been repaired on East Fir Street. • A large section of storm sewer is failing on West Main Street across from Eastman's Funeral Home. "This is an 18 inch pipe that sits below both water and sewer lines," commented Pickworth. "We have asked Underground Utility if they would repair this section while they are in town (working on the SSO project). The cost is expected to be $16,000 and to be completed by Nov. 1." Pickworth told council traffic will be maintained and the work should take a couple of days. • A small section of failed storm sewer on West Main Street near The Laurels of New London on the north side of the road will be repaired by the village. • Columbia Gas is planning on doing additional line replacements on East Fir Street. A contractor has been in the village to do filming and line locations. • Inspection and maintenance of the village's snow removal equipment is under way. Pickworth reported he had received a letter from Huron County Engineer Joe Kovach advising townships and municipalities the county will not be able to provide rock salt/deicing to anyone this winter. He noted he will keep council informed if anything changes. • The Birch Park Drive Improvement Project has been resubmitted to the county for funding through Ohio Public Works Commission. "I believe we have a great chance for funding," he said. "The engineering committee will meet on Oct. 16 to review and rate all Huron County applications. There were 14 projects submitted." Pickworth also reported on the New London Parks as follows: • The 2nd Annual New London Parks Gun Raffle will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 in the Hileman Building at noon. Twenty five guns will be raffled. Tickets are $10 each which includes meal and entry. Tickets may be purchased from any park board member, Gilbert's Hardware, The Gas Depot and at the village office. All FFL rules apply. Do not have to be present to win and transfers can be done the day of the drawing. Proceeds from the event benefit the New London Parks. The proposed final draft of the village zoning code update will be reviewed on Monday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in council chambers. All zoning, planning commission and zoning board of appeals members are encouraged to attend. In other business council members approved first reading of three ordinances authorizing restated contracts with New London Township, Fitchville Township and Clarksfield Township for fire services for 2015-2017. New London Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The next regular meeting is Oct. 27.