A third reading and approval of a license plate levy ordinance was met with mixed feelings by Newcomerstown Village Council and several local residents last Monday night.
The approved ordinance received a four-to-one vote, with one council member being absent.
Council member Dave Hickman voted "no" on the levy while council members Earl McCormick, Janet Bush, Heather Stein-Wells and Burris Gardner voted for the measure.
Council member Sue Simmons was absent.
Hickman voiced his concern that he felt the matter had not been given adequate thought.
Council member Gardner said he had mixed feelings about the ordinance. He said he understood the village's reasoning and attempts to improve their financial status, but at the same time was concerned about local residents already having additional expenses.
Resident Steven Hoskins and several other citizens were in attendance last Monday night. Hoskins voiced his concern about the additional cost after receiving clarification from council that the $10 fee was not just applying to each household in the village, but actually for each registered vehicle at each residence in the village.
Hoskins said his family has five vehicles which would be a total of $50 for his household.
Newcomerstown residents will begin paying the additional fee during the time they complete their yearly registration at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The fee will then be submitted to the village and will be entered into the general fund which will then go towards the street improvement funds.
Other business discussed during the meeting included:
* NERS/Fire Department's contract was approved for renewal. The contract is for $65,000 per year for five years.
* The 2011 special appointed positions by Mayor Steve Guy will remain unchanged with the exceptions of Mike Bricker being added to the Shade Tree Committee and Robert Martin filling in as interim Street Commissioner. Susan Gantz has resigned from the Park Board and Mayor Guy is currently seeking a replacement for that position.
* The 2011 temporary appropriations budget was approved to be submitted to the county auditor.
* A presentation was given to council by Chuck Hawkins, RITA of Brecksville, to be considered as an income tax service provider for the village.
* New village solicitor Robert Stephenson II was welcomed to the first council session for this year.
Council's next meeting will be Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the civic center.