The Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs approved a policy, May 10, that would ensure that all customers of the Newcomerstown Utilities Department receive equitable and accurate billing.

This policy will allow water department employees access to read water meters at least once a year in locations where they are currently not that accessible.

In other business, the board agreed to hire two seasonal part-time employees. Their duties will include mowing and locating lines, and would be employed from June through October after which time the Street Department might want to consider hiring them. By being seasonal, they could work 40 plus hours at minimum wage.

The board also agreed to pay for the cleaning of carpet at a house located at 561 Chestnut St. Apparently, the sewer backed up into the house. Shoup's Cleaning Service will clean the carpet.

A new mower from the cooperative purchasing plan was approved by the board. They will get quotes for the mower from Kuester Implement Company, KL Welch and Sons, and The Power Shop with a cap of $5,250 to spend. The mower being replaced is 23 years old.

The board hired McDonnell Excavating at a cost of $3,000 to help with a waterline project on Chapman Avenue. This work will begin around June 1.

A letter from William Karr of Coshocton was read to the board. He commended wastewater treatment employees, especially Joe Beall, for their help with a sewer problem at property that he owns in Newcomerstown.

The board will meet again Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m. at the water department.