The Newcomerstown Village Planner position, that was a topic of council discussion in previous weeks, has been officially filled as of council's meeting April 19.

Tom Cinefro, village's fiscal officer, was approved for the position. He officially began his duties April 20.

Mayor Steve Guy said the village had completed the interview process last week with two internal applicants responding.

"It's more of a strategic position," Cinefro said. "It's a great opportunity. I look forward to the challenge -- that's for sure."

Cinefro's position will allow him to go after more grants and money for village, as well as assist the mayor in the day-to-day operations of the village. He said he could chair departmental supervisor meetings, for example.

The position will pay an annual salary of $30,000 to $37,000.

Councilmember Sue Simmons clarified that the new position does not actually create another position for the village.

"Tom (Cinefro) has already been doing many of the tasks that will be on the job description for the Village Planner position. Since the mayor's position is a part-time position, Tom will be assisting the mayor with tasks that may require more than the part-time position can allow for. We (council) feel this will provide a better service to our community," Simmons said.

As far as filling the fiscal officer position that Cinefro vacates, there have been 10 applications -- four from Newcomerstown area residents -- submitted. The Legislative and Personnel Committee on village council will look over the applications. Then, interviews will start. Council hopes to have the position filled within the week.

Other items discussed and approved by council included:

* First reading was given regarding accepting a recommendation by the Tuscarawas Tax Incentive Review Council for active enterprise zone agreements with the village.

* Council approved the Ohio Department of Transportation mowing village property along Route 36.

* A motion amending Public Records policy was tabled until after the Public Records Commission has met and more information is received.

* Ward & Emler Surveying Inc. were approved to survey the final grade elevation (in five different areas on a 25-feet grid) at the former landfill site. The cost will be $1,200.

* A handicap sign was approved for a private residence at 327 Chestnut St.

* Seven village streets were approved for the paving project at a cost of $376,000.

* TusCoat, Inc. was approved for crack sealing on 12 village streets at a cost of $6,300.

* Street Superintendent J.R. Simmons was approved to purchase another skid of crack sealer at a cost of $1,400. The costs will be taken from the Street Project fund and the other two street projects.

* Flood Plain Damage Reduction ordinance No. 7-10 approved.

* Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland said he recently completed an update of the department's policies and procedures. He said he will also be working on the court codes so that the village could conduct Mayor's Court starting possibly this summer.

* Council requested Village Solicitor Shawn Lindsay to review the village's burning ordinance to clarify whether a barbecue constitutes receiving approval in regards to open burning in the village limits.

* Newcomerstown resident Vane Scott requested information on bed tax funds to assist the Newcomerstown Historical Society as well as the village's economy through summer tourism at the local museums. Village Solicitor Lindsay to check on bed tax availability.

* Councilmember Sue Simmons requested a brief executive session to discuss personnel with litigation. No action was taken.

Council's next meeting will be Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown.