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Local Boy Scout to identify Pioneer Cemetery

By WILLIAM CASTEEL Correspondent, NCTnews Published: April 12, 2017 12:00 AM

The Pioneer Cemetery on Bridge Street, Newcomerstown will soon have an identifying marker once local Boy Scout, Mitchel Dunlap has completed his plan. Dunlap, a local Boy Scout with Troop #429 was present on Monday night at the regular council session to discuss his project to obtain Eagle Scout status. Dunlap presented a cardboard sample of the sign to the council members that he is planning to construct by end of this month.

Council members and Mayor Cadle commended Dunlap on the idea, and his planned project, and gave a standing ovation of their appreciation to Dunlap. Mayor Cadle responded, "This is something we [Newcomerstown] have been needing, something that will identify the village's first cemetery where our pioneer citizens now rest".

At the present time, there is no identifying marker for the cemetery. Many of the sandstone markers are disintegrating, and are nearly gone. The cemetery has a split rail fence that was constructed 10 plus years ago by students of a history class taught by Ken Scott, a former Newcomerstown resident, and former teacher in the school system.

Items discussed during the April 3 regular session included:

Council approved street superintendent to post for three part-time seasonal positions.

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Council approved police department to hire one dispatcher and two part-time road officers following earlier resignations of the dispatcher and a part-time road officer.

Construction of the sally port will begin at the Newcomerstown Municipal Building, as part of the required upgrade in order for the police department to be in compliance with state guidelines.

Lot split at 507 E. State Street was approved. Involving lots #344 and #345.

Council approved name change from First Street, rear to Clough Lane.

Rates & positions for 2017 summer season was approved. No changes in this year's rates, and salaries.

Proclamation for Motorcycle Awareness was approved.

NERS, Heather Stein-Wells is reminding residents that there is a statewide burning ban from March thru November from 600a-6:00p.

Next regular council session is scheduled for April 17.


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