Utilities chief resigns, Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs hires him back

Niki WolfeNewcomerstown News Published:

The retirement of Newcomerstown Utilities Superintendent Ken Schweitzer was announced at last Monday's Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs meeting.

Schweitzer, who started his tenure with the village in August 1987, was recently named Utilities Superintendent in October.

His resignation for retirement purposes is effective Dec. 28. However, the board voted to hire Schweitzer back effective Jan. 2 at a salary of $34,261. According to Board President Gregg Shivers, by hiring Schweitzer back, it will save the village approximately $2,000 a year.

In the meantime, the board will begin looking for a qualified individual to take over the duties of both the water and wastewater treatment plants in the village.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a new computer (SCADA) for the water treatment plant at a cost of $3,800.

The board also approved the installment of Internet service at the water treatment plant, and the purchase of a microscope for the wastewater treatment plant and monitoring screen at a cost not to exceed $3,000.

The board approved paying employee Jeff Walters for his unused vacation days. There were 12 days that were not taken.

The board tabled discussion on the office security window until another estimate is received.

Discussion on delinquent letters also took place.

The board will have its re-organizational meeting on Friday, Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. The monthly board meeting will follow the re-organizational meeting.

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