A field of neon green t-shirts asking the already answered question, “Whose day is it?” filled the New London Council Chambers last week.
Mayor Gary Henke presented players and coaches with copies of a proclamation celebrating the Lady Bulldogs’ 2013 Division 2 girl’s softball state championship.
The underdog Bulldogs beat the defending state champions “when a hitter delivered a double to right center field to score in two base runners with a final score of 2-1,” Henke proclaimed. “They represent what is best about the city of New London.”
Players handed Henke a plaque with a photo of the team noting the state title and distributed celebratory bumper stickers to everyone present.
Ball games are one of many signs of summer hitting its stride around town.
Council members approved some construction projects, heard updates on others under way and were invited to an assortment of recreation events in city parks at their Tuesday, July 9, meeting.
The Parks and Recreation Department planned to host a water carnival at the city’s aquatic center on Wednesday, July 17, and kids’ day in Hatten Park is set for Friday, Aug. 2. Session two of youth swimming lessons is under way, according to Chad Hoerth, parks and rec director.
Summer is not all play, no work for everyone.
Utility manager Stephen Thompson told the city that costs for reconstruction of most of one city well had reached $96,000. Thompson said new pumps were purchased for well No. 4, and utility workers hoped to have it back in service by the middle of this week.
The New London water tower will be repainted this summer. The colors are cadet blue, with black on the lower portion of the tank – to camouflage inevitable black mold, Thompson said.
Thompson said work on the Douglas Street substation was moving along nicely.
The utility plans to solicit recipes from customers to create a cookbook. Profits from the sale of the book will be given to a not-yet-determined charity, according to Thompson.
He noted that Act 25 of the Wisconsin state budget will bar the utility from releasing names and addresses of customers. He described the legislation as providing the same privacy to customers of a public utility as customers of private companies enjoy.
He noted that the utility would no longer be able to provide the names of new customers to “welcome wagon” workers.
The council approved, 9-0 with Mary Tate absent, two bids for work related to replacement of the roof on the New London Public Library.
Both bids were awarded to PhD Roof Doctors Inc., of Fredonia, Wis. The company bid $63,923 on the new roof, and $9,379 for sheet metal fascia cladding that is part of the roof project. A second bid, from Weinert Roofing, totaled $27,198 more: Weinert bid $94,610 for the roof and $5,890 to clad the fascia in sheet metal.
In other business, the council voted 9-0 to:
• Change the name of Faircrest Road to Junction Road, at the request of New London Auto Recyclers. The road is along the east side of the former Green Bay Northwest Railroad, in Outagamie County. Planning Commission minutes from June 27 note that Junction Road does not connect to River Road, making it difficult for customers to locate Auto Recyclers.
• Rezone a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Wyman and Spring streets from R-2 (one- and two-family residential) to B-1, central business district. The change will facilitate the sale of the lot to the adjoining business owner, according to the rezoning ordinance. No one addressed the rezoning at a public hearing held at the start of the council meeting.
• Approved full health care coverage for the administrative assistant position, beginning in 2014. City treasurer and finance director Judy Radke recommended to the Finance and Personnel Committee in June that the city continue to fund the position at 35 hours and pay the full cost of health insurance, to comply with federal Health Care Reform requirements beginning in 2014. Radke’s memo noted that the city began paying half the single insurance costs for the position, $3,554.76, this year.