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Tentative understanding 'a major accomplishment'

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Jan 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Mayor John Martin announced at Monday’s council meeting a tentative memo of understanding has been reached between the village and the county commissioners concerning who is responsible for maintaining the Biglow Parkway.

In an agreement reached in 2005, the county agreed to “at its own cost and expense, maintain, repair and renew” the Parkway that allows traffic to keep moving even if a train blocks village tracks. Recently, however, there were questions about this matter and the village has been negotiating with the commissioners.

Council voted to approve the agreement, and the commissioners are expected to do so Tuesday. Solicitor Steve Bond called this “a major accomplishment” for the village and credited the mayor for his part in the negotiations.

The village will continue to handle the Parkway snow removal and grass and weed mowing at a cost not to exceed $4,000 a year.

In other business council:

• Contracted with Potts Mowing Service for the 2018 mowing of Grove Street Cemetery, Triangle Park, Veterans Memorial and the area around the village offices and council chambers at a cost of $12,500.

• Approved a request from the Huron County Board of Elections to use the Hileman Building for all 2018 elections.

• Finalized ordinances for fire response services to Clarksfield, Fitchville and New London townships.

• Agreed to allow the sale of alcohol at the Super Raffle held on Feb. 17 and sponsored by the Friends of the New London Parks, the Rotary and the CIC.

• Heard Firelands Ambulance Service went on 577 runs in 2017 and memberships are still available for $50 a household.

• Elected Stu Cooke council president.

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