Following a third reading of the ordinance on Nov. 1, Newcomerstown Village Council gave its approval to establish Mayor's Court.
According to the ordinance, the village determined Mayor's Court would be a financial benefit for Newcomerstown.
Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland said the village should be retaining the money from local fines verses the Southern District Court collecting them. Chief Holland said the most notable fines for Newcomerstown are speeding, reckless operation, stop sign violations and narcotics.
Costs for these violations include: Stop sign violation is $50 for first offense and $100 for a second offense; reckless operation is $100 for first offense and $200 for second offense; seat belt violations are $40 for driver, $35 for passenger; disorderly conduct will cost the offender $150 and the fine for possession of illegal narcotics/marijuana is $100; warrants will cost $10; and court costs will be $70.
Along with the approval to establish Mayor's Court, council also approved the mayor to enter into a contract for a Mayor's Court Magistrate. According to councilmember Sue Simmons, a decision of who will be hired and the salary they would receive has not yet been determined.
However, according the ordinance, which was given to the media, the village could also decide to utilize an independent contractor for the magistrate position. The independent contractor would then receive $150 per each court session.
Other business from council included:
* Council approved specific training from the state auditor for the village Fiscal Officer Kim Meek. The training will ensure the village is completing financial reports per the state's guidelines. The training will be at a maximum of 40 hours at $50 per hour.
* Regional Planning Committee representative Audrey Hanni said the budget for 2011 has been increased by $14,000 with the total budget being $114,000.
* Council later entered an 1-1/2 hour long executive session to discuss compensation, litigation and personnel. When questioned by the media, council would not disclose the name(s) of whom the litigation was concerning or provide any further information. Action from the executive session is, therefore, unknown.
* Councilmember Simmons later said council was requesting to post the position for a Village Solicitor/Prosecutor for 2011. When questioned by the media on the status of the current Village Solicitor Shawn Lindsay, council would not disclose any information. According to Lindsay, his position is a yearly contract.
Council's next meeting is set for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.