Fiscal, K-9 officers resign in the village

Niki WolfeNewcomerstown News Published:

Two resignations were read and approved at the Newcomerstown Village Council meeting last Monday evening.

Fiscal officer Kim Meek, who has served in that capacity 2-1/2 years, submitted her letter of resignation effective Nov. 16.

"Best of luck to you and your future endeavours," said councilman Jim Carr.

Council agreed to post the full-time position internally for five days.

The other resignation came from K-9 police officer Michael Brooks. His resignation is effective Nov. 5.

"It is not without great sadness that I do so," Brooks said in his resignation letter. Brooks accepted a position in Euclid after being with the Newcomerstown Police Department four years.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Friel gave an update on the fiscal emergency status that was placed on the village.

He said he has submitted the names of six individuals to serve on a Planning Commission to help oversee the re-structuring of the village finances. Those names and applications were submitted to Governor John Kasich's office. Governor Kasich will select three to serve on the committee.

Village Council thanked residents and asked for additional assistance in picking up leaves in the village. Street Superintendent Bob Martin said the department is four to five days behind because there is a lack of manpower in the department. Both council members Sue Simmons and Janet Bush helped the Street Department last week with picking up the leaves. They said village residents have also been willing to help.

Councilman Dave Hickman discussed adding an additional access road to the Newcomerstown Industrial Park. Money to do so could come from grant money.

Council considers it a safety issue by only having one access road into and out of the industrial park.

In other business, council:

• Heard the monthly income tax collection for September which totaled $70,209.22 which is up by $22,677 over last year. It brings the year-to-date total up to $107,360.26.

• Approved the liquor license transfer from Enken Inc. (Duke/Duchess BP) in Chillicothe to Englefield Inc., 311 Adena Drive, Newcomerstown.

• Approved Addendum No. 3 in the Ohio Enterprise Zone Agreement with Caito Foods Service in Newcomerstown. The agreement was a change in the number of full-time employees they will be hiring.

Council's next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown.

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