As part of Mental Health Month, the Village of Newcomerstown is supporting suicide awareness.
Mayor Pat Cadle announced at the May 1 council meeting that he had earlier requested council member Kristie Wilkin to provide education for the members of council which Wilkin provided during council's recent regular session.
Wilkin had announced to council during an earlier meeting that she is now the official contact person for Tuscarawas County as facilitator/advocacy support staff for the Tuscarawas County Survivors of Suicide Support. Wilkin will be following with family members who are affected by individuals that have died by suicide. Wilkin reminds others that it is no longer appropriate to state that an individual has committed suicide and that it is more appropriate to reference that an individual had died from suicide.
Wilkin reports that this year's suicide prevention walk will take place in September (details to be announced in a future edition of The Newcomerstown News). She reports there will be a different venue that the group "Walk Out of Darkness" will utilize that will allow them to have more choice in exactly where the generated money will go. She said they are already looking at a plan for the money to go towards a camp for children that are affected by suicide.
For more information, Wilkin can be reached at 740-294-8496.
Other items discussed at the May 1 regular council session included:
■ Council member Heather Stein-Wells reports the new garage door was installed at the fire department.
■ Council approved the street department to purchase 150 tons of road salt in preparation for the 2017-18 winter season. Street Superintendent Chris Jones reported the village will have a lower price for the salt purchase and have a guarantee for the salt's availability if they complete the contract by the required deadline of May 10.
■ Street department is in process of installing new, upgraded school zone signs.
■ Cemetery department received nine foundation orders from Milligan Memorials.
■ Fiscal officer, Lisa Stiteler reports seven Certificates of Deposit are due to mature in November. Council approved moving the CDs to Century National Bank in order for the village to receive an improved interest rate for the CDs. Several are from sewer R&I and others are from the street levy.
■ Police department was approved to hire a full time officer (to replace a former full time officer position). The position will be posted soon.
■ Mayor Cadle announced that council will no longer need to discuss need for a resolution for House Bill # 49 that was concerning control of sales tax. Cadle reports that the bill was not approved by senate.
■ A right of way plan was earlier discussed with AEP, and Columbia Gas. It was found that better communication with the utilities is needed to improve the right of way process. During new business a first reading was given for ordinance #05-2017 concerning a right of way agreement. The agreement has been approved by PUCO per a 45 day window for approval.
■ The pool has recently been power washed and the depth markings will be stenciled soon.
■ The plan for a solar field was briefly discussed and how it would save the village an estimated $36,000 per year. Cadle said that the more money the village applies towards the solar field, the quicker they will receive a return. An information session is being planned for an upcoming council session to discuss the solar field further.
■ Mayor Cadle reports a street rating was previously completed concerning paving and repairs. Park Hill and Crestview Drive were noted as needing repair/paving very soon.
■ Waggoner Supplies, Coshocton was contacted concerning a water valve at the pool that is leaking. The valve is reportedly difficult to access, and needs professional service. The cost will be around $1700. Council member Jim Carr questioned about a warranty on the valve replacement. Mayor Cadle is to follow up on the question.
■ Frank Oldt was approved to do mowing of village properties that are in violation of the weeds/grass ordinance for the village this year.
The next council session is scheduled for May 15.