If you've been to Cy Young Park in Newcomerstown near dusk or later, you may have heard what Newcomerstown Village Council discussed at its meeting last Monday.

Coyotes were a topic of concern by village council.

Reports from those living near the park have said that they hear them "howling" in the woods behind the park at night.

"They've been seen," Newcomerstown Coucnilmember Sue Simmons said. "They're close to the houses. They're close to the shelters. You don't know what they'll do."

She said she heard reports of two coyotes fighting over a cat with them ultimately killing the animal.

"I think we need to do something," she said.

Mayor Jim Friel agreed and said the safety of village residents is a concern of his. He said he would contact Paul Celuch in Newcomerstown to see if he traps coyotes, not just skunks.

If not, the Ohio Department of Wildlife may be contacted to see what can be done to insure the safety of village residents.

In committee and departmental reports:

Councilman Burris Gardner said they are taking applications for an office manager at the water department until March 15.

Councilman Jim Carr said the Safety Committee is discussing some things that the village's departments may need, as well as looking into an ordinance to remove junk and debris from resident's yards.

Councilmember Heather Stein-Wells thanked the Street Department for not having any over-time during the recent snowstorm.

Councilmember Simmons said there is a problem with drainage on N. Goodrich Street. Hitchens and Associates of Coshocton will be contacted about an engineering study already conducted in the area.

Councilman Dave Hickman said he would like to finalize a "call off" policy for employees, as well as see the village adopt the recently updated Ohio Basic Code book.

Street Commissioner Bob Martin said semi-trailers are tearing up a curbstrip off Nugent Street when deliveries are made to GE in Newcomerstown. Signs will erected to tell drivers where to make deliveries.

Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland gave the department's activity report for February as well as said police dispatcher Tracy Caughey will be leaving her post of four years in the village to take a dispatching position at the Ohio Highway Patrol. She was recognized by council for her dedication to the village. Chief Holland also said the police department was able to receive a grant to replace the police's computer server at the station. He also thanked councilmember Stein-Wells for her CPR refresher class that was given to police officers recently.

In other business, resident Mark Campbell asked about the snow removal policy in the village and wondered why his street, Center Street, has been missed being cleared.

"We get left behind a lot down there," he said. "I'm not trying to cause trouble. I'm just asking a question."

It was announced that there was no change in the snow removal policy. Employees, which there are only two now (there was six employees), start removing snow from the main thoroughfares and the hills, then they move to side streets. However, one truck has been broken down.

Susan Campbell also addressed council regarding the accumulation of trash and junk vehicles in yards of village residents. She wondered if it was the landlord's or the renter's problem. According to Mayor Friel, it is the renter's responsibility until they move out, then it becomes the landlord's responsibility to remove it.

Council also heard the second reading of the local hotel/motel bed tax.

Council also gave the first reading of a resolution that would allow the village to advertise for bids for village property to be leased for oil and gas rights.

Council will meet again Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the civic center.