Former Newcomerstown council member, Earl McCormick was recently surprised by the village council with recognition for his years of loyal service to the Village of Newcomerstown. McCormick had been an actively, involved village council member for the past fifteen years and had resigned from his council seat earlier this year due to ill health.

McCormick was recognized by Mayor Pat Cadle and several Newcomerstown village council members prior to the start of council's regular session Monday night, Feb. 6. McCormick expressed his gratitude to the Mayor and council for the recognition, stating that he never expected an award for being a part of something that he enjoyed those past years.

Other business discussed at the Feb. 6 regular session included:

Heather Stein-Wells reported that NERS had undergone an insurance evaluation in Dec. and was given a Class-4 protection rating, which will be effective May 1, 2017. NERS had previously had a Class-3 rating (the Class-3 rating is lower class than the Class-4). Stein-Wells recognized the water department for upgrading the fire hydrants earlier identifying the hydrant upgrade as one if the reasons that the NERS received the higher rating.

Council discussed the hiring and training for lifeguards at Cy Young Pool for this summer. It was later agreed that if the person hired for the lifeguard position is from the Newcomerstown school district that the village will pay for the lifeguard training, but that the person will have to work as a lifeguard at Cy Young Pool for one year.

Council approved Midwest Pavement Analysis Design, LLC to complete street analysis for the village.

Council approved GGC Engineering regarding accepting a proposal for a right-a-way program in Newcomerstown. The program could generate $25-30,000 per year for the village. Council discussed the need to have zoning laws in place before the program would be able to be initiated.

Council discussed HV Coil of Dover, Ohio, being in process of attempting to purchase the former GE building on West Street. This would be potential new revenue for the village.

Council approved an addendum to the Carbo contract, adding KTJ251, LLC to contract.

Council approved W.M. Brode Co. for the project at the Municipal Building (adding the sally port, and a handicap accessible door).

Council approved a quit claim deed for a right-a-way to AEP for the purpose of improving electrical transmission lines.

Council approved Ordinance #02-2017 authorizing the issue of $44,733 of bonds to pay part of the cost to acquire a 2017 Ford F550 4x4 Chassis EL 145" wheelbase with Galion Model 100 USD dump body/snow plow package.

A resident on First Street is requesting a street name change. Council agreed to check into the specifics. The resident resides on First Street but has a Bridge Street address.

The next regular council session is scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Library Annex.