Elvis is back.
Newcomerstown Village council members Sue Simmons and Heather Stein-Wells wished to publicly thank the community for their support with the two recent fund-raisers that took place for the police department's K9 program.
According to Simmons, they collected enough money to get the department's narcotics patrol K9, known as Elvis, back on the job this week. Elvis has basically been laid off since the department was forced to make cuts in their budget earlier this year. Simmons said there will most likely be a few more fund-raisers between now and next year to ensure that the K9 program will remain active. The program is greatly needed to help keep Newcomerstown and it's schools safe from illegal drug activity. Simmons also said that monetary donations can still be made to the program and that any donations will be greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to do so may contact Simmons or Stein-Wells.
Business conducted by village council during the Sept. 20 meeting included:
* Street Superintendent J.R. Simmons said the street resurfacing project will be starting within the week.
* Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland plans to check on the village's tornado warning procedure due to the recent tornado activity occurring in New Philadelphia.
* Council approved an easement agreement for two properties (owned by Tom Cinefro and the Daniel Kees estate) on east Canal Street. Village Solicitor Shawn Lindsay reported checking on the easement rights and noted that the village had given easement rights to most of the residents on Canal Street years ago. He said several residents either did not request or accept those easement rights.
* The village's trick or treat will be Saturday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m.
* Council approved Lindsay to prepare an ordinance to ban parking on the west side of Beaver Street. The ordinance was discussed earlier in regards to the safety of students crossing the street near the West Elementary School, as well as reducing potential for accidents due to the narrowing of passage when cars are parking on both sides of the street.
* Council approved an agreement for gas and oil rights (located on village property) to be transferred from Inervest Operating LLC of Eastern Ohio to CHK. The original contract specifics reportedly will remain unchanged, according to the letter received by Mayor Steve Guy.
* Following an executive session to discuss personnel, action was taken to officially remove police officers Rick Fillman and Brian Eubanks from the new hire probationary status.
Council's next meeting is set for Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.