Following a nearly two-hour long executive session to discuss personnel, Newcomerstown Village Council requested, June 7, to have a special executive session June 11 to further discuss the village's police department personnel.
According to Mayor Steve Guy, possible action may be taken at that time.
The executive session at council's June 7 meeting included Tuscarawas County Sheriff Walt Wilson, Village Planner Tom Cinefro and Village Solicitor Shawn Lindsay.
Village council did not provide any information in regards to exactly what the concerns were with police department personnel. However, the press was given envelopes containing 10 letters of support for the new Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland.
Both police officer Mark Stahovec and former police captain David Watson provided verbal support of Holland.
"Gary has shown tremendous leadership for the department in the short time he has been here," Stahovec said.
In other business, a former police department employee said she felt she had received harassment from a former police department dispatcher as well as a councilmember during the time she was also employed as a dispatcher.
Mayor Guy intervened and suggested the matter could be discussed with the appropriate parties at a later time.
Other business from council included:
* Council approved Village Solicitor Lindsay to draw up an ordinance to increase the village's sewer rates as suggested by the Board of Public Affairs.
* Councilmember Heather Stein-Wells and NERS Fire Chief Bobby McGarry has completed the list that identifies dangerous buildings in the village. She said the list has been prioritized with the most dangerous buildings being at the top.
* Tusco Asphalt is planning to start crack sealing the village streets next week. According to Street Superintendent J.R. Simmons, the inclement weather in the past couple weeks has delayed the project. Simmons also said the west Canal Street bridge was re-opened to traffic on May 28. The structure received upgrading and was repaved.
* Council approved an ordinance to be drawn up for reimbursement to the village for trainee expenses. This is regarding uniforms and any other expenses that the village would pay during the training of new village employees. This is in the event the employee would resign or be terminated while in the training period.
* Council approved $3,587.60 to be given to the Newcomerstown Historical Society through bed tax. Village Solicitor Lindsay informed council that he had researched the matter that was earlier reported regarding how much bed tax could be distributed for a valid community purpose. He said the Village of Newcomerstown does not have its own bed tax. Therefore, they had to request the bed tax from Tuscarawas County. He said there is no specifications on the amount to be given (to the historical society) from county bed tax. He said if the village had its own bed tax, then the village could specify how much could be given the requested purpose. Councilmember Dave Hickman suggested that council will request to review the museum visitor's ledger at the end of the year. That way, they will see if there was adequate amounts of visitors to the museum as a result of additional advertising and confirm whether future funding requests would be valid.
* Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland said the department is working on a new program for the community. He said the program would offer periodic calls, and visits to check on elderly residents to ensure their safety and well-being.
* Two items from the May 17 session continue to remain tabled by council. The items were regarding amending the public records policy, and updating of the Newcomerstown Police Department's Operational and Policy Manual.
* Second reading was given requiring voluntary direct deposit for the employee payroll.
* Council approved sampling of the former landfill site's groundwater monitoring wells. The cost is not to exceed $10,910.
* Council also approved discussion of a resolution to adopt the Solid Waste Management Plan for Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne County Joint Waste Management District. Councilmember Earl McCormick said the issue needed that at least 60 percent resident's approval by July 14 to adopt the plan.
Council's next meeting will be June 21.