A policy that provides monetary compensation to individuals who receive additional licenses and training was approved by the Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs March 8.

The board adopted Policy No. 3-13 which would provide monetary compensation to individuals for their efforts in providing the required minimum Ohio EPA staffing for the village water and wastewater departments.

Employees that receive an "Operator's License" from the Ohio EPA (water supply, wastewater, water district, wastewater collection) (Class I, II, III and IV) shall receive $100 for that license within 30 days of notification from the Ohio EPA.

On the first check run in the month of April of each year, personnel having a water supply and/or water district license, shall be paid $100 for each class of license for each class of license they possess. (For example, Class II license would be paid $200, Class III license would be paid $300, and water distribution would be paid $100.)

On the first check run in the month of May of each year, personnel having a wastewater and/or wastewater collection license shall be paid $100 for each class of license they possess.

Utilities Superintendent Ken Schweitzer said this is one way to keep employees in the village but also giving them incentive to receive more training.

In other business, board the approved the purchase of several items at the wastewater treatment plant. Those items include: A motor bar screen at a cost of $531, a new chain for the bar screen at a cost of $3,960, pump parts for RAS/WAS system at a cost of $6,248, a new blower for the aeration system at a cost of $7,000, repairs to the Jet truck at a cost of $2,000, and rewire and install new soft start equipment in the circulation by Fenton Brothers with a cost not to exceed $3,000. Monies from these projects will come from the Sewage R&I fund.

The board also approved the purchase of a new four-inch trash pump for the water department at a cost of $3,000.

In other business, the board canceled the insurance policy with Steam Boiler Co. because the Sewage R&I fund comes with insurance.

The board discussed changing the hours that the water department is open. However, the idea was tabled until further notice.

The board will meet again Friday, April 12 at 9 a.m. at the water department.