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Village seeks more money for road repair, maintenance

Zoe Greszler • Jun 29, 2019 at 10:00 PM

NEW LONDON — The New London village council will ask voters to consider approving a 3.5-mill additional levy.

The tax, if approved, will generate about $80,000 annually for the village, which would go toward road work, Mayor John Martin said.

Council passed an emergency measure Monday to submit a tax levy to the county auditor for certification. The levy is “for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges.”

The tax wouldn’t influence or adjust an existing tax; rather, it would fill a void of funds, Martin said.

“New London currently does not have any street levy tax,” the mayor added.

“What this is going to do is just provide funding for general construction or resurfacing, the repairs that are needed. It’s not something the village already has, but we have probably 11 streets that are in dire need. We don’t really have anything in the budget that allows us to take from (it) and put that to the streets. With the tax levy, if it comes about, it’s going to help us do one to three streets a year if we get lucky, depending on the length of the streets and what needs done.”

Before now, New London relied on grants, but the mayor said that doesn’t provide enough funding to keep things up to date and well maintained anymore. And in most cases, grants require the amount given to be matched, meaning the village would still have quite a bit to pay.

“We want to try and do what we can with what we’ve got,” Martin said. “This would generate $80,000 for the village a year. It will help us in the long run. We want to make the streets more readily and easily passable. 

In other business, council:

• Heard work on the water tower will begin later in the week and last about 21 days. Also, the Thursday, July 4 trash route will take place Wednesday, July 3.

• Learned the University Hospital Urgent Care sidewalk project is done.

• Agreed village employees will have Friday off as a vacation day.

• Voted to allow the sixth Annual Poker Run on Aug. 17 to be moved from the New London Recreation Park to the reservoir park and campground.

• Set a park board meeting for 7 p.m. Monday.

• Initiated an ordinance to enter into contract with the Huron County Land Reutilization Corp.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reflector Correspondent Ellen Simmons contributed to this story.

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