Anyone that has a computer and travels the cyberspace highway is probably aware of the relatively new communication venue known as Facebook. Many individuals as well as businesses and even municipalities are joining the ever popular website everyday. The site offers individuals a way to communicate and share information with literally millions of people around the world all within just seconds.

The village police department is now no exception; they, too, have recently joined Facebook and will now be able to share up-to-the-minute information with the public regarding their contact information, office hours, days and times for Mayor's Court, and even provide information about curfews, laws, and even vital information concerning individuals with outstanding warrants for arrest.

According to Police Chief Gary Holland, the decision for the Newcomerstown Police Department to join Facebook "certainly modernizes the department, and will be a great asset to the community."

Holland said the site is in operation now and can be accessed by typing the following into the address bar: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/newcomerstownpd or individuals can also use their search engine by typing in Newcomerstown Police Department on the Facebook search.

Holland mentions that consumers also can email the police department at newcomerstownpd@gmail.com if they are not Facebook members but still wish to correspond with the department.

Holland said the use of Facebook will "bring more awareness to the public much quicker."

Other business discussed at the July 11 Newcomerstown Village Council meeting included:

* Council approved a change of an alley way between north Beaver and Goodrich streets to a two-way road. The alley way has been assigned as a one way road for several years. Resident Gary Abbuhl had reported having difficulty accessing his property since the alley became a one way road.

* Council also approved a three-way stop sign at the intersection at west Canal Road.

* Council approved replacement of the upstairs air conditioning unit at the Municipal building which is out of service and needs replaced. Statewide Heating and Cooling were approved to provide the replacement at their quoted cost of $2,500 which will include removal of the current unit via a crane, installation of the new unit and a one year warranty. The approval is contingent on the installation being completed and the unit in working order before the end of this week.

* First reading given for ordinance concerning village income tax service to be provided by RITA.

* Mayor Steve Guy reported receiving a letter from Tuscarawas County Health Department reporting issues remaining at the cap site (at the old landfill site). The letter states issues of repair need to be completed (deep ruts into the ground soil were noted by officials and the fence needed repair). Mayor Guy requested Street Department Superintendent Bob Martin to check on the two issues and coordinate any repair as necessary. Council members suggested Martin to photograph the site following repair to use as documented support that the issues were addressed and repair completed.

* Third reading given and approved by council concerning the ordinance establishing a new chapter for regulations for demolitions and excavating that occurs within the village.

* Annual contract with Records Incident Management System (RIMS) approved for the Newcomerstown Police Department at a cost of $1,815.

Council's next meeting will be Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.