New Haven designates veteran parking spots

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — Veterans in the Town of New Haven will soon have a number of specially designated parking spots, it was decided at the most recent town council meeting.

Councilman Matt Shell noted many towns and businesses are providing the parking places, marked by a special sign that features the American flag.

Shell continued that since many veterans live in town, it would be nice to provide the spaces in various spots throughout the municipality. He said the signs are $21 each, and he was thinking of approximately 10 spaces.

The council unanimously voted to move forward with the project. Business owners will be consulted to see where the signs will be placed.

Mason County Library Director Pam Thompson approached the council members, asking them to maintain their current level of funding for the library when working on the upcoming budget.

Thompson, along with New Haven Library employees April Lloyd and Sheila Roush, told the council the various ways the library is used. Along with providing books and reference materials, many non-profit organizations meet at the library for free, and the library community room is rented for private parties and events. Story hour, summer reading, and free lunches for children throughout the summer are other services.

“It’s what we call the heart of the community,” Thompson said.

She explained the county library system receives $139,000 annually from the state library commission, but that money must be matched locally. If not matched, state funding is decreased. Thompson said it costs over $33,000 per year to operate the New Haven branch alone. Presently, the town places $7,850 in its budget for the library.

Recorder Roberta Hysell said roller skating has begun during the winter months at the community center. It is open on Fridays from 6-9 p.m. Approximately 70 children attended the first night, she added.

In other business, the council:

Heard from councilman Matt Gregg that the police mobile radio and handheld radio have been delivered at a cost lower than estimated;

Heard a concern from resident Roy Grimm that the town patched holes on Layne Street, which is actually a part of the state highway system, known as County Road 19;

Approved an addition employee vacation pay increment, with anyone working 10 years receiving four weeks of vacation;

Discussed replacing a broken barricade at New Haven Elementary School with posts; and,

Agreed to sell an older truck for scrap after determining it would be too costly to repair.

Attending were Mayor Jerry Spradling, Recorder Hysell, and council members Shell, Gregg, Grant Hysell and Jim Elias.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at