New Haven increasing municipal fines

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — Members of the New Haven Town Council will be increasing fines for those failing to comply with municipal ordinances, it was announced at the most recent meeting.

In particular, the council said it will increase the fines for those not obeying the ordinance that prohibits farm animals within the municipal boundaries. New fines will be established at the next meeting, set for July 10.

The council has discussed the problem of residents keeping farm animals during several previous meetings. Those residents have been notified and warned that they must move the animals out of town, but some have chosen to ignore the warnings.

More questions were also raised during the meeting regarding the upcoming water upgrade project.

Resident Harry Roush asked if all water lines throughout the town are being replaced. He said he wondered why only some residents were being asked to sign easements.

Councilman Matt Shell assured Roush that all lines are being replaced. He said not all streets required resident easements, but there are more easements to come.

Roush also questioned the agreement between the town and the Town of Hartford that will provide water service to the neighboring municipality. He asked how often the contract can be renegotiated. Roush was told the agreement can be changed annually, including the rate charged.

Building permits were issued to Michael Thibeault for a carport, Jonathan Clark for a privacy fence, and Victor Young to fix a wall.

In other action, the council:

Agreed to replace a winch cable that is frayed on the garbage truck;

Heard a report that Councilman Matt Gregg made several contacts for the town while attending the state floodplain conference; and,

Approved the financial report, invoices to be paid, and previous meeting minutes.

Attending were Mayor Jerry Spradling, and council members Shell, Gregg, Jim Elias and George Gibbs.

Meetings for July will be held on the 10th and 24th at 6 p.m.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at