Personnel matters topped discussion at the March 12 Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs meeting.

Members recognized longtime Utilities Office Manager Karen Sauerbrey for her dedication to the village.

She will be retiring June 30 after more than 32 years in the village.

"I've enjoyed my work," she said.

The board authorized Sauerbrey eight hours of overtime for interviewing purposes of her replacement on March 24.

A special Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs meeting has been set for Monday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. to hire the new Utilities Office Manager.

The new employee is expected to start April 9.

The three-member board voted to allow Sauerbrey up to four hours per week over-time to train her replacement.

In other business, the board changing the hours of two water technicians from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of the monthly shut-off day, to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The change is effective Monday, March 19.

Utilities Superintendent Don Walkup updated the board on the oxidation ditch gear box at the wastewater treatment plant. Work is set to begin March 29, depending on weather.

A crane will be used for the work because the mechanisms weigh some 2,000-pounds.

Walkup also said work is progressing on the bulk fill station at the water treatment plant.

A pre-fabricated building will be moved in within a few weeks. The fill station is expected to be operational by mid-April.