The Cooley Hotel building, a familiar structure in Newcomerstown since 1929, will soon be gone forever.

The structure, intended for a grand hotel when it was initially designed by the architect, has slowly evolved into an eyesore, and a safety hazard over the years.

Village council members were recently informed by the Village Solicitor Robert Stephenson that he is working on finalizing a donation agreement between the owner, David Kinsey, and the Newcomerstown Historical Society. The agreement includes the village paying a partial amount, and the Historical Society paying the other half of the estimated $20k to demolish the structure, remove the debris, and fill in the basement foundation. The property will then be utilized, and maintained by the Historical Society for future purposes to benefit the museum and Historical Society.

Tentatively, Russ Shaw, Zanesville, will complete the demolition, and removal of the structure once the agreement has been finalized, and completed.

Business discussed at the Feb. 19 regular council session included:

• Food, vending, and proper equipment for the concession stand at Cy Young pool was discussed. The equipment must be specific to classify as a Level 3 status for health department requirements.

• Stephanie Gamble was approved by council to be hired for full time position at the water department as billing registrar. Gamble will work with current registrar, Debbie Elliott, training for the position. Elliott will retire in May.

• The village is planning a community clean-up on May 4-5, 2018. Further details to be forthcoming.

• Columbia Gas will be replacing aging gas lines between River and State, and Ohio Drive. The work will not begin until school is out for the summer.

• Council approved J. Miller & Sons Excavating to replace culvert on Park Hill Drive, at a cost of $95,952.

• Council approved ordinance #02-2018 concerning adopting the newest Ohio Basic Code, ordinance guidelines.

• Council approved ordinance 03-2018 concerning Volta Energy as the financial institute for the solar panel project.

• Council approved ordinance 01-2018 following a third reading, concerning House Bill 49, updated tax ordinance.

• The village continues to look at various website design/ maintenance packages.

The next regular council session is scheduled for March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Library Annex. The sessions are open to the public.