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New London to put levy on ballot

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

NEW LONDON - Village council finalized an ordinance Monday to submit a request for a three-mill, five-year operating levy to the county auditor, who will determine how much money it will generate.

Once council receives that information, steps will be taken to put it on the November ballot. Clerk Jonna Rowland said if passed, the levy should bring in around $90,000 a year.

Local pastor Charles Mead asked council why something cannot be done to get rid of a neon sign of a woman's silhouette in a downtown apartment window.

Council members said they had discussed the matter previously and were told since the zoning code does not prohibit such signs, their hands are tied.

Police Chief Mark Holden agreed and said although the sign is "in poor taste and classless," it is not illegal.

Administrator Shawn Tappel said he would talk to the building owner to see if he could do anything about the matter, and Mead said if that did not work he would be willing to circulate a petition protesting the sign.

Zoning inspector Bob James said he and Holden would inspect properties in the village Wednesday to determine what needs to be cleaned up. The spring trash pickup is May 5 to 9.

Council initiated ordinances to renew the contract with the Huron County Emergency Management Agency and to raise the cable company service fee from 3 to 5 percent in 2010, as outlined in state law.

Council corrected minutes from the Feb. 25 meeting, which indicated the village would borrow $13,000 from the CSX money to pay for fireworks for the Firelands Labor Day Festival. The money is actually to pay for entertainment for the festival, and the plan is to repay it from festival revenues.

A drive is under way, however, to raise $13,000 to pay for fireworks, and an account is open at Sutton Bank for donations.

A zoning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss a lot split for a property at 25 S. Maple St. Also, a New London Steering Committee meeting will take place at the same time. Both will be at village hall.

The Recreation Park is open and the campground at the Reservoir Park will open the weekend of April 26. Camping reservations can be made by calling (419) 929-8609.

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