By Lynne Phillips
Health insurance for village employees was under discussion during Monday night's meeting of New London Council.Vicki Missler of Nationwide Insurance gave council a number of options to consider. Council members will meet at 6:30 p.m. before the next regular meeting to discuss those options. Village administrator Shawn Pickworth noted he and fiscal officer Melissa Wilson have been meeting with Missler to discuss insurance prior to Monday's council meeting. Pickworth, as part of the administrator's report told council he has received agreement forms for the CSX Waterline Improvement Project. "The project will connect two dead end waterlines on Section Line Road," he said. "Once we get the forms back to CSX we will wait for final approval before the project can begin." The Sanitary Sewer Overflow Elimination Project is moving along as planned, according to Pickworth. "The main line on Prospect Street has been installed and they have turned the corner and are moving south on South Main Street." An application for funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the Birch Park Drive Improvement Project has been submitted. Crews have been working to address some of the failing catch basins around the village. "There are quite a few that are in bad shape," commented Pickworth. The village's annual Labor Day Firelands Festival has been deemed successful. "It is unbelievable how many people it takes to pull this off," Pickworth told council. "It only happens thanks to the many volunteers and park board members," he said adding, "it is a community event and without all of those who volunteer their time we wouldn't be able to it." Parks and recreation director Joe Thomas said the police, fire and ambulance departments also did a great job at the festival. "They are at every event and whenever you need them they are there." Thomas also reported on upcoming events at the parks as follows: • A Car Cruise In and Pancake Breakfast will held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Reservoir Park. The Pancake Breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. • Jubileego Arts and Music Festival, the Great Grandpa BeeBee Concert is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28. "This is shaping up to be a big event," said Thomas, "it will have more than 20 bands over the two days." In other business council members approved allowing the New London Rotary Club and the Community Improvement Corporation's use of the Hileman Building for an event at no charge. The event sponsored by the two organizations will raise funds for the Terry Wilson Memorial. The funds will be used to purchase and install a handicapped accessible dock at New London's Reservoir Park. Council president and acting mayor John Martin said he felt the organizations should not be charged to use the building as the event is to raise money for an improvement at the park. Council members also granted permission to the Sons of the American Legion to run a beer tent during the Great Grandpa BeeBee Concert. New London Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers.