Well, its that time of year again! While the frost will soon be glazing the pumpkins and the Halloween goblins begin to appear, so will the potential chance of pranks and vandalism. The village is taking its regular precautions with village council approving a fall curfew which to go into effect Oct. 7 and last through Nov. 5.
The guidelines will be that any minor (under the age of 18) will be subject to action by the local police department if they are found on the streets between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Parents or legal guardians of minors will also be held accountable for the whereabouts of their children. Any incidence of non-compliance with the curfew will be directly addressed with the parent or legal guardian by local authorities. Offenders will also be faced with a potential fine.
The village is stressing that consideration will be given when minors may be returning from attending the local football games or other school activities on the weekends, and are on their way home or are accompanied by their parent, guardian, or another responsible adult.
Business discussed by village council during the Oct. 3 meeting included:
Don Walkup was hired as Water and Sewer superintendent for the village. An executive session with council was requested by Walkup and Board of Public Affairs member Jim Friel following the meeting to discuss personnel, contracts and litigation. No action to be taken.
Council approved the resignation of reserve police officer Logan Burris and the termination of reserve police officer Justin Selby.
Council approved repair to the transmission of police patrol car 72 with cost to not exceed $1,700.
Council approved Hitchens and Associates to continue as the contractor for the 2011 street paving project with an update to the wording of the contractual agreement for Hitchens and Associates.
Village Trick or Treat was approved for Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat for local businesses will take place Friday, Oct. 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Council approved to continue with Kennedy Insurance for the villages liability insurance at a cost of $36,732. Whitaker Myers Insurance was also bidding for the insurance contract at the cost of $29,301.
A new backhoe was approved at a cost of $77,163.48 with equal cost being taken from both the street and water and sewer funds.
Leaf pickup for the village will begin Monday, Oct. 24.
Council approved the placement of no jake brake signs at each major entrance into the village.
Councils next meeting will be Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.