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New London utility charges increase

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Apr 9, 2018 at 9:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Due to vacancy created by the resignation of Neil Winslow, the New London council is seeking any who would be interested in applying.

Mayor John Martin said as of yet no one has applied for the position. 

Council passed an ordinance raising utility rates. The minimum monthly water charge will rise from $18 to $20.50 within the village limits and from $22.50 to $25.63 for those outside. Sewer charges will rise 3 percent. The charge changes will begin May 1.

Charges will change also for those who don’t keep up on regular yard maintenance. A current ordinance requires an owner to keep sidewalks next to his property “in repair and clean.” An amendment was introduced making each day of violation a separate offense.

The New London Schools requested a police officer to serve as a resource officer three days a week at $14 an hour, adding up to $2,646 for the rest of the school year.

While it was generally thought to be a good idea, funding was an issue.

Police Chief Mike Marko said he has a qualified officer ready to begin, but his department has no funds to pay for him. Council voted to supply the officer but only if the money comes out of the school budget.

In other business council heard

• Hydrants will be flushed each Wednesday and Thursday in April.

• Members of the police department were given first aid and CPR training by Firelands Ambulance Service personnel.

• Columbia Gas will be replacing lines in the northwest quadrant of the village beginning the end of April. Residents will be notified and there will be public hearings.

• Firelands Ambulance Service will have an open house May 19.

• The Reservoir Campground opens April 20, and the new office is complete.

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