Full-Time NL Village Employees Receive Raises

By Lynne Phillips
News Editor

Full-time employees of the village of New London will receive raises ranging from two to three percent effective July 1.

Council members approved the pay increases following a lengthy closed door session during Monday night's meeting.

Administrator Shawn Pickworth said, "The increases are performance raises based on scores on evaluations and the percentage of the raises were assigned by council."

Michelle Popa a part-time office employee will move to full-time as of July 1.

Pickworth reported South Main Street is the last major section remaining to be paved as part of the Sanitary Sewer Overflow project. "There are also some intersections, driveways and a small section of Third Street that connects Park Avenue and South Main Street remaining to be paved."

Underground Utilities Inc., has requested a two week extension for completion of the project, according to Pickworth. "They are asking for extension based on the wet weather conditions and the continuing threat of rain." He told council, "As much as I don't want to grant the request, I believe it is in the best interest of the village to do so.

"The SSO project started in December 2013," he noted, "and it has been a long 18 months with many inconveniences for everyone. But, as we look at the complete project the good outweighs the bad. We have cut the flow to our sewer plant by more than expected, and our water loss has decreased from 40 percent to 15-20 percent. Some of the leaks found, we believe, have gone undetected for years because they never surfaced. The water was getting into a storm sewer or the old sanitary sewer making them impossible to find." Discussing the project budget, he said, "After completing everything in the contract we were able to install an additional 24 manholes, mainly on the east side of the village." He added, "As we get to the end of the project, I can confidently say we will be between $250,000 to $300,000 under budget. There are five reasons for this," he stated. "The engineering, 42 percent of the funding for the project from the USDA-RA, the support of the village's water/wastewater crews so that there were no work stoppages, and management of the project by Jones & Henry, UUI, the village and USDA-RA."

The extra funds will go into the sewer reserve which will allow the village to improve and maintain the plant. Any other funds left will go into the sewer department.

Additionally Pickworth reported on the following items:

• Engineering for the Birch Park Drive Improvement Project continues.

"Funds will be released on July 1. We will probably wait until early 2016 to go to bid with the project to begin in spring of the 2016," he said.

• Trouble with the stop light located at Main Street and SR 60 has been corrected.

"We had Perran Electric Inc. send a tech to help troubleshoot the issues. Two relays, a mercury switch and a battery backup were replaced."

Reporting for Joe Thomas for parks and recreation, Pickworth said the Annual Rockin the Rez event will be held on Saturday, July 11.

Five bands featuring "Dirty Deeds, AC/DC Extreme will perform beginning at 2 p.m. The day will end with fireworks at approximately 10 p.m.

For information or camping and cabin rentals call 419-929-8609.

In other business council members approved the following agenda items:

• Jones & Henry to begin engineering for the installation of a pump station and forced main that will be installed at the Reservoir Park and Campground and run to Recreation Park.

The total expected cost of the project is approximately $150,000.

• Second reading of an ordinance amending and restating the existing planning and zoning code for the village.

• Passed as an emergency, ordinances authorizing new contracts with the Huron County Sheriff's Department for dispatching for the village police and fire departments.

The cost for dispatching for the fire department is $3,072 and the police department $4,980 annually.

• First reading of an ordinance authorizing the administrator to enter into a contract with the lowest and best bidder for the village hall roof replacement.

The bid opening for the roof project was held on June 19. There were five bids submitted ranging from $84,900 to $103,796. The low bid was submitted by Advanced Roofing Services and the high bid from E. Lee Construction, Inc. Bids were also submitted by Meade Construction, Inc, West Roofing Systems and J. B. Roofing.

• The administrator to look for a pick up truck through the state auction.

A public hearing scheduled for July 13 at 6 p.m. prior to the regular council meeting. The meetings are to provide information about the Natural Gas Aggregation Program passed by voters on May 5, 2015.

New London Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

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