Newcomerstown Village Council is seeking the public's input into a recent plan regarding a new site for the municipal offices.
On council's April 6 agenda, it was originally planned to discuss the purchase of an office building that is located at 232 N. Cross St. (former office of Dr. Agricola) which would become the municipal building.
Following comment from councilmember Dave Hickman regarding his feelings that the community's input should considered, council decided to table the discussion.
Hickman said he felt the community should give input and suggestions into the plan for a new site since the municipal building serves the community. Council said the goal is to move the municipal building to a centrally-located and handicap-accessible site. The plan included moving all departments, with exception of the street department, into one building in an effort to facilitate a more convenient village municipal site to the public.
Village council will offer the community a chance to voice their suggestions or feelings about the plan at a special meeting which will take place one hour prior to the next regular council meeting, April 20 at 6 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center.
Other business included:
* Concern regarding the poor street condition on Greenwood Avenue was mentioned by councilmember Sue Simmons. She said several Greenwood residents have submitted a petition about the issue. Simmons requested Mayor Steve Guy to discuss the concern with Tom Sauerbrey and recommend money be set aside specifically to get the street repaired as soon as possible.
* Police chief Tim Miller requested approval to check into funding for the department to purchase a live scan fingerprinting device.
* Two new vehicles, a 2005 Crown Victoria and a 2001 Ford Expedition, were approved for purchase from the state-federal surplus at a total cost of $7,600. The vehicles will be utilized by the water department.
* Fuel usage/reimbursement for the fire department was discussed. Village solicitor Shawn Lindsay will review the supplier contract to make sure the village is following the agreement appropriately.
* Village employee Bob Martin was approved to be reimbursed $245 for equipment reimbursement for window installment at the cemetery department office.
* Due to lack of motion, the hiring for the seasonal cemetery labor position was not approved. Council is requesting further clarification on the hiring process from the cemetery department.
* Advertising was approved for a part-time police dispatcher. The position will pay $9.70 per hour. The candidate will have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, typing skills and some dispatching experience. They will also advertise for a reserve police officer which will pay $11.32 per hour. The candidate must be OPTA certified.
* Approval was given for purchase of three 55-gallon drums of Mosquito Spray Mist I from Clark's Mosquito for a total of $9,982.50.
* Clarification of rate of pay for the pool lifeguards was given. Rate of pay is $7 per hour, according to the Ohio Minimum Wage Law.
* Council approved removing patrolman Jason Simmerman from probationary status.
* Clarification of full-time and part-time employee status was also given. Full-time status is 40 hours and over and qualifies the employee for benefits. A total of 39 hours and under is part-time status and the employee is not entitled to benefits.
* Purchase of a wood chipper was approved at a cost of $1,000 which will be taken from the Shade Tree funds.
* Possible revision of the village credit ordinance will be reviewed by the village solicitor. Councilmember Derek Hickman suggested raising the credit from $500 to $2,500.