Spring is officially several weeks away, and summer a couple of months yet, but the village of Newcomerstown is already anticipating for a busy summer season at the Cy Young Pool. Pool manager, Kristen Casteel recently provided council with a planned agenda, and update on the lifeguards for this year.

Council later approved the pool to be open seven days a week, noon to 5 p.m. each day. The approved increase of the days of operation for the pool will lead to an increase of the original budget by $1,300. It was discussed that the pool being open seven days versus five days per week will give more leeway for days that inclement weather occurs, and eliminate make-up days and potential confusion to the public.

It was estimated that with the possible booking of 20 parties (at $100 per hour) would balance out the over-budget.

Casteel reported the pool will be covered by a manager all seven days, and schedules are already completed for the season. Lifeguarding classes will also be starting April 3, with the location pending at Newcomerstown High School once approved by the school board. After the lifeguards have completed training they will be certified as a YMCA lifeguard with a two year certification. They will also be ASHI CPR with a one year certification and ASHI First Aid with two year certification. They will also have ASHI Oxygen Administration with two year certification.

Attire for the lifeguards will be very specific as to easily identify them in the event of an urgent need for assistance. The guards will wear a one piece black swimsuit, with male guards having black swim trunks. They will wear a red tee shirt with Newcomerstown Parks & Recreation logo on front, and lifeguard wording on back.

Pool chemicals will be purchased through Wet & Wild Chemical, and they will complete weekly chemical status checks, comparing the readings by the pool staff, for added confirmation, thus improving consistency for meeting the required guidelines.

The pool is scheduled to open May 30 with the last day of the pool season being Sept.3.

Business discussed during the March 5 regular council session included:

• Council approved Dotson Design, Coshocton to design, and maintain the village’s website.

• Council approved the park & pool to proceed with obtaining the necessary sink for the concession stand that will meet the health department guidelines.

• According to street department superintendent, Travis Goodwill, no bids are yet received for the truck, or trailer that the village street and cemetery department are in process of selling.

• Council approved an early contract for street salt for the winter of 2018-19 in order to lock in the price before the winter season. The contract must be submitted by April in order to ensure the price. The salt will be obtained through Cargill.

• The village is planning a spring clean-up at the cemeteries (East State and West Lawn) on March 26. Family & friends having loved ones in either/or both cemeteries are to have all Christmas/winter décor removed from the graves (ground area around the grave stone) before that date, otherwise it will be removed and discarded during the clean-up.

• The village is looking at angled parking and possible one-way street for Main Street in order to facilitate more parking. The gym, and several other popular establishments are utilizing more parking, and creating need of additional parking for patrons of the other businesses and establishments.

• Council approved a 75% tax abatement for 31, Inc. for a new distribution warehouse.

The next regular council session is scheduled for March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Library Annex. The regular sessions are open to the public.