Business Owners Question Police Dept. Procedure

By Lynne Phillips
News Editor

Two local business owners attended Monday night's New London Council meeting to question procedures by the village's police department.

Carl Parr, owner of Carl's Complete Car Care asked why one of the police cars had been taken out of town for repair rather than taking it to his facility.

"First of all, the police department tries to spread everything out," said chief Mike Marko. "We work with Free Change and Kidd Tire." He added, "We worked with A&H for a long time but there were some problems there." He added, "I went to Carl and mentioned that the car needed some painting and body work done. Three months later I didn't hear anything so we met one night and he mentioned to me that he had been very busy but he would get an estimate to me. A month later the estimate came to me. Unfortunately, when something like that gets done to us the department has no other choice but to go somewhere else."

Marko noted if someone is needed after normal business hours there isn't anyone available at Parr's business. "If you can do that we can sit down and talk."

Marvin McCallister, owner of Clark Brothers Garage, asked why a recently damaged cruiser was towed by an out of town company.

Marko explained that McCallister had posted a number of pictures on facebook which people objected to. "When I talked to you about it you told me you were exercising your first amendment right." He added, "All I want to hear is that you won't post anything on facebook."

As part of his administrator's report Shawn Pickworth told council members a water leak found on S. Main and Grove Streets is a old two inch line feeding three residences.

"Crews are making plans to move those taps to a larger water main on the east side of S. Main and install a valve to eliminate the old line," he said.

The main trunk line of the sewer separation elimination project on S. Main is complete.

"Crews are now working on the remaining laterals," Pickworth noted. "Beginning the second week of October the slip line crew, Layne Inliner, will begin their work on the project. This portion of the work is expected to last six weeks. The work will consist of working from manhole to manhole inserting the lining into the existing sewers and cutting in the existing taps.

"Residents may notice an odor," he said. "It is not dangerous or harmful and shouldn't last long. The odor should not be noticed if residents have a sealed sanitary service. If you have footer drains or basement drains that still hook into the sanitary sewers there might be some odor from them." He added, "Those drains should not be connected to the sanitary sewers."

Also included in his report were the following items:

• A phosphorous removal system has been installed at the water treatment plant and crews are working to get the numbers within the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency limits.

"A number of chemicals have been tested as well as the locations for feeding these chemicals," he said. "We have had the OEPA Compliance Division help with this issue and are making progress."

• Tree limbs are being trimmed from around stop signs and intersections and potholes are being patched.

• One hundred eighty three letters were sent out to residents in New London Township offering sanitation service to them.

Pickworth told council the move could generate approximately $40,000 in revenue for the department. He noted there have been numerous responses to the letters.

Reporting on the village parks, department supervisor Joe Thomas told council this weekend is the Great Grandpa Beebe Music and Arts Festival at New London Reservoir Park.

"It is a two day event, Saturday and Sunday. This is shaping up to be a big event with 20 to 25 bands performing and tickets are $15."

• Sealed bids will be accepted for the sale of a pontoon boat, according to Thomas.

For information contact Thomas at 419-541-6131.

• The 2nd Annual Gun Raffle is set for Saturday, Nov. 1 in the Hileman Building at Recreation Park at noon.

There are 25 guns to be raffled, tickets are $10 each and includes a meal and entry. Tickets can be purchased from any park board member, at Gilbert's Hardware, The Gas Depot or at the village office.

• Application has been made through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for funding for a new playground at Reservoir Park.

In other business council members approved the following agenda items:

• Additional money for completion of work on updating the village's zoning code.

A meeting has been set for Monday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in council to review the final draft.

• An ordinance allowing the administrator to sell the pontoon boat at the reservoir.

• A ordinance allowing the administrator to enter into a facility encroachment agreement with CSX.

• An ordinance authorizing Assurant Health and related company to establish a self-funded health insurance program.

• A resolution accepting the amounts and rates as set by the Huron County Budget Commission, authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor. All passed as emergencies.

Council member Stuart Cooke asked water/wastewater superintendent John Chapin if he had investigated a water issue at a home located on North Main Street.

Chapin said he been to the home and did not have an answer as to where the water was coming from that was coming into the basement.

New London Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in council chambers at 7 p.m. The next regular meeting is on Oct. 13.

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