Due to the natural deterioration of the village infrastructure, Newcomerstown will be replacing some of the existing sewage lines.
The plan will include a new 12-inch plastic SDR 35 sanitary sewer line to be replaced underneath State Street. The current line that is underneath the former railroad tracks, near the intersection of State and Bridge streets, is so deteriorated that there is very little normal flow to the line. The village has attempted to clear the line with multiple, unsuccessful attempts. They are now faced with no other alternative but to completely replace it.
A price quote from William Albert Excavating for $24,900 has been approved by the village. The project was slated to begin Aug. 4 and is expected to take up to two weeks to be completed. The village street and police department have been notified, and a plan for east bound traffic will remain open. West bound traffic will be prohibited and that lane will be closed, with truck traffic for access at College Street. The trucks will be routed onto the east bound lane temporarily. All cars will be routed to College and Canal streets.
Street Superintendent J.R. Simmons will contact an outside contractor to complete the final layer of asphalt once the project is completed.
Other business discussed by village council at the Aug. 3 regular session included:
* Approval for the Mayor to contact Lightspeed Inc. regarding possible installation of a communication tower near the west end of Neighbor Street. The village wants to assess whether the tower would be beneficial.
* Council approved hiring of Mike Kennedy as the Newcomerstown interim Police Chief at the rate of $14.40 per hour, effective July 26.
Kennedy requested council to place ad in the news media for reserve officers. He was also requesting to have former reserve officer Ryan Myers be approved to return on an as-needed basis, mainly during weekends due to the department's current need for more assistance.
* One-way signs for several alleys are on order and expected to arrive soon, according to Street Superintendent Simmons.
* Council approved for police officer Mike Brooks to utilize one of the police units to transport the police canine, "Elvis," to/from Coshocton County and back to the police department when he is scheduled to accompany officers on their rounds.
* Council entered a brief executive session to discuss personnel; discussion was unknown.
* During the close of the meeting, former Newcomerstown Police Chief Brian Hursey was in attendance and addressed council in regards to the recent reported issues involving the police department. Hursey said he would be willing to assist the village in any way he could. Council voiced their appreciation to Hursey's comment.
Council's next meeting is Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Public is encouraged to attend.