No Response From NL Council On East Main Sidewalk Bill

By Lynne Phillips
News Editor

Erik Von Kamp attended Monday night’s New London Council meeting to tell members his bill submitted in June is still due July 27.

Von Kamp is the owner of a building located downtown on Main Street that underwent repairs for a sinking sidewalk.

He submitted a bill totaling $10,000 for those repairs to the village. He told council he received a letter from the village on June 29 stating the bill would not be paid.

Von Kamp maintains the repairs were necessitated by a tile owned by the village going into the basement of the building.

There was no response by council on the matter.

Village administrator Shawn Pickworth reported the CAP/Asset Management Assessment interview with representatives from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) held on June 28 went well relating to the Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project. “The loan agreement has been signed and should be approved at a meeting later this month,” he told council.

The geographical information system project crews (GIS) are still out locating utilities ahead of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) expert coming in and mapping. “We are already requesting maps from RCAP for the gas company project,” he shared.

The administrator’s report also contained the following:

- Crews are have nearly completed work on the Firelands Electric building site.

- A water leak was repaired on Clinton Street.

- The state auditors have completed the village’s audit. A meeting will be scheduled to review the audit with village officials.

Pickworth noted there has been some misleading information and social media postings that the village is asking for new tax money. “That is not the case,” he said. “The village is requesting a renewal of the existing police and fire levy.”

In other business council members approved the following agenda items:

- An ordinance amending the employee handbook relating to the utilities foreman.

- Amending section 1114.03 of the codified ordinances to allow commercial uses in a light industrial district.

- An ordinance authorizing the establishment of an “unclaimed moneys trust fund”.

- An ordinance amending sections 181.02, 181.03 and 181.09 of the codified ordinances of the village renewing the additional .50 percent increase in the income tax by and for a period of an additional four years only and

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providing that the revenues generated by such additional tax would be used for police and fire operations.

- An ordinance authorizing a renewal of the contracts with the Huron County Sheriff’s Department to conduct dispatching services for the village police and fire departments.

- An ordinance allowing the advancement of funds for operations of Rockin the Rez.

- A resolution directing the Board of Elections of Huron County to place upon the New London Village ballot at the general election to be held on Nov. 6, 2018 the question of renewing the levy of an additional .50 municipal income tax in excess of the income tax now in effect, providing the revenues generated by such additional tax would be used for operations of the police and fire departments for a period of four years only.

- A resolution authorizing the negotiation, execution and delivery of a governmental lease-purchase agreement no. 001-0746283-300, dated July 6, 2018, in principal not to exceed $188,500 between the village and TCF Equipment Finance, a division of TCF.

- A resolution adopting a rvised fee schedule for zoning permits.

Zoning fees and permits are as follows:

- Mobile home $100;

-Accessory building or garage 12’x12’ or smaller $30, larger than 12’x12’ $50;

- One family home additions up to 1,500 square feet $100, 1,501 to 2,000 square feet $120, 2,001 to 2,500 square feet $160, over 2.500 square feet $200;

- Multiple family (duplex) up to 1,600 square feet $150, 1,601 andover $200;

- Commercial and industrial up to 3,000 square feet $250, 3,001 to 5,000 square feet $400, 5,001 and over $600;

- Fencing, decks, swimming pools, permanent and detached signs $25 each;

- Residential solar panels $100 plus .25 per lcw, commercial solar panels $100, residential wind turbines $100, commercial wind turbines $100 plus .25 per lcw.

- Variance application $100, rezoning application $50.

Council members accepted the resignation of Mike Witmer from the village water/wastewater department.

Council adjourned their regular meeting in favor of a closed meeting to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion and compensation of a village employee or official.

Following the closed door session council voted to approve advertising to fill the position of water/wastewater operator.

New London Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Monday of each month in chambers located on James Street at 7 p.m.

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