Village council members recently discussed their regrets with the recently announced impending loss of Caito Foods which is scheduled to close on May 15, 2017. Sixty-two job positions will be lost.
Mayor Pat Cadle said that they (the village) are hopeful that another business will move into the area and occupy the building after Caito closes. It was reported that Spartan-Nash, a large food distributor based out of Byron Center, Michigan has purchased Caito, and has the intention of possibly selling, leasing, or repurposing the Caito building. Caito is currently the third highest tax contributor for Newcomerstown, which will be a substantial loss of revenue for the village. It was announced that Quanex Building Products of Cambridge is interested in potential hire of some of the displaced Caito employees.
Items discussed at the March 20 regular council session include:
HV Coil reportedly contacted the village concerning possible purchase of the former GE building on West Street. They are potentially interested in a 50% tax abatement plan x 10 years.
The village reported being approached about possible purchase of the rental house near West Lawn cemetery, but the village later decided that they are not interested in selling the property due to obligation of ensuring the continued privacy, respect of the cemetery, and mourners/visitors.
Street salt for the winter of 2017-18 has been purchased at $42/ton. The cost of salt will increase closer to winter, and the village's intention was to purchase early to save cost.
A time clock will soon be utilized for the street department.
Kristie Wilkin announced that she is now official contact, facilitator/advocate for the Tuscarawas County Survivors of Suicide Support. She will be responding/following up with surviving family/friends of those individuals that have died by suicide in Tuscarawas County. Wilkin can be reached at 740-294-8496.
Park Hill residents have requested action to be taken on a Park Hill Drive residence that is in dilapidated condition, and has a concerning rodent infestation. The village plans to respond with a possible plan to have the owner donate the property to the village in exchange for the village to demolish the structure at the village's cost.
Chris Belt was approved for hire with the street department. Belt will replace a vacant position left by former street department employee that has resigned.
The next regular council session is scheduled for April 3.