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Solar project seen as beneficial for Newcomerstown

By WILLIAM CASTEEL Correspondent Published: June 14, 2017 12:00 AM

A major savings of cost, and energy will be on the horizon for the village, and the citizens of Newcomerstown.

The savings will be as a result of a planned solar system the village is planning to be installed on the south side of town, near the Tuscarawas River. According to Chris Yurko, Director of Renewables with Verde Solutions, the projected yearly savings will be approximately $133, 680 per year.

Officials from Verde Solutions were present during the village's recent regular council session to discuss their plan for managing the solar project. The project will be in conjunction with AEP, and will be a substantial savings for the village's waste water services. This savings will eventually benefit all citizens who are utilizing the waste water system in Newcomerstown. The solar system will also create an additional income for the village, another plus for the village's future.

Early on Monday evening, the plan was pending the village's approval to pay a $5,000 fee to Verde Solutions to start the process, and to approve letters of intent concerning the utilization of the waste water plant, and to develop the 32 acres of property. The intended site is where the former landfill had once been located. The site has been vacant since the landfill closed, and the property was capped by the EPA. Another positive aspect of the planned project is that the vacant property will now be made useful once again.

Village council member Jim Carr later made the motion to approve the fee, and the two letters of intent that Verde Solutions was requesting. The remaining council supported Carr's motion, and the plan for the project will soon be in motion. The projected date of operation of the solar system is Oct. 1, 2017.

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According to Yurko, an engineer will be arriving in town next week to begin preliminary work. Yurko stated " We (Verde Solutions) are looking forward to working with the village of Newcomerstown, and be in full operation by the end of this year." Yurko then added that Newcomerstown will be the first in the state of Ohio to use a solar system for energy source to operate their waste water system.

Other items discussed by council during the June 5 session included:

According to NERS/Heather Stein-Wells the fire department is looking at a 25/75 grant to construct an access ramp on the Tuscarawas River. The fire department is in need of having access to the river in the event of a water related emergency. The project would involve construction of a concrete ramp, floating dock, and gravel parking area. The ramp would be considered a public access ramp as well. According to Stein-Wells, the village would have to purchase/own the land before the grant would be approved. Several areas along the river are being assessed as potential options for the ramp.

An update was given on the sally port that is being constructed at the rear of police department, Municipal Building. The sally port will be in operation very soon according to Police Chief Gary Holland.

Council approved a Police Department pending purchase of a 2014 Ford SUV that is completely equipped with all options for the police department's needs. The vehicle is currently owned by Sandy Twp. and has 14k miles. A bid was given by Newcomerstown for $14,000.

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Council approved an emergency passage for ordinance #08-2017 amending the 2017 annual appropriations. The amendment is necessary due to several large repairs, the water line project on Park Hill and the fee for the solar project.

Following a third reading, council approved the ordinance concerning the right of way for the planned railroad spur at the industrial park.

Michael Wise, Cy Young Park pool manager, reported that the opening of the pool was very successful, and wished to thank Roger Seitz and the village street department for their help in getting the pool ready. Wise reported that 228 pool passes have been sold, and more pending. Mayor Cadle thanked Rick Patterson for volunteering his time with mowing at the park.

Hitchens & Associates were approved for the 2017 resurfacing project at Park Hill Drive, Crestview, and upper west Neighbor Street.

A community event concerning drug prevention in Newcomerstown will take place at the David Barber Civic Center on July 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gateway to Fall Festival is planned for August 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Watch the Newcomerstown News for details.


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