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Police chief praised for 10 years of 'outstanding devotion'

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Jan 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM

NEW LONDON — The New London Police Department honored Chief Mike Marko for 10 years of service at Monday’s village council meeting.

Lt. Joe Hicks gave Marko a plaque that recognized him “for 10 years of outstanding support, time, effort and devotion to your officers and the village of New London.”

Stu Cook, who was elected council president at the same meeting, praised Marko for his work with the department.

“The chief has kept the budget in check for several years,” Cook added.

Marko thanked everyone and said it’s his officers who deserve most of the credit. Council voted to give the chief, Hicks, Sgt. Seth Miracle and investigator Lance Capiot raises averaging 6.4 percent.

In other action, council approved village administrator Shawn Pickworth’s request to borrow money from the Ohio Water Development Authority to pay for engineering for the proposed improvements to the sewer treatment plant. Also approved was his request to apply for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works grant for sidewalks in the parks.

In other business, council heard Firelands Ambulance Service went on 61 runs in December with a total of 638 for the year. The New London Volunteer Fire Department responded to 94 calls in 2018.

Members approved the sale of beer at the Friends of the Parks/Rotary super raffle Feb. 2 and the Friends of the New London Veterans gun raffle in March. Both events will be held in the Hileman Building at the New London Recreation Park.

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