Jim Reed, chairman of the Newcomerstown sewer and public works committee, told Newcomerstown council recently that the Board of Public Affairs has approved several new upgrades for the Water Department.

Reed reported the following items were approved on April 10:

• Ultra violet disinfection upgrade at the Newcomerstown wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $17,000.

• New refrigerated sampler at a cost of $6,522.

• A pH probe at cost of $2,270.

• SCADA (Supervisory, Control, and Data Acquisition System for the press and blower buildings at a cost of $6,525.

• Peerless Midwest was approved to complete an inspection report on the Tonka pressure filter system at a cost of $11,500.

During old business, it was reported Johnson Plumbing had completed plumbing work at the treatment plant. Johnson had also installed a second meter, and replaced a backflow device and plumbed in a bulk fill for the jet/ vacuum truck.

Reed reported that the cost of the items, and work was earmarked with specific funding and remained well within the department’s budget.

Several new fire hydrants have also been installed around Newcomerstown, on Chestnut, Walnut, East State, and Park Hill. The village was to start flushing hydrants on April 15 starting at 10 p.m. each night. Several storm drains in town were also rebuilt.

Travis Goodwill, Street & Cemetery, was given approval by council to pursue an on-line auction concerning a Schwartz spray patcher. The item is reportedly a newer item that is increasing in popularity, and the cost is only expected to increase. Goodwill was given approval to bid up to $12,000, and council would need to approve anything over that cost. Council later agreed that if they did approve more that the cost will be capped at $20,000. The purchase of this type of sprayer would save the village money, and reduce waste of patch mix, according to Goodwill.

The speed limit on Pilling Street is scheduled to be changed from 55 mph to 35 mph following recent conflicts with the speed limit, and speeding tickets being issued. ODOT currently maintains Pilling since it extends from State Route 36 to State Route 258, south. Pilling Street is also a street located within the village limits which would designate it to be a 35 mph zone. There has been concern voiced by citizens due to the conflicting speed limit. The area is highly traveled and higher rates of speed are also a source of concern.

Construction of shelter #6 at Cy Young Park was approved at a cost of $14,785. The electric installation for the shelter will be completed as a separate project.

Newcomerstown Community Cleanup will be May 4-5.

Culvert replacement on Park Hill Drive will begin on May 7. The project will take approximately three weeks.

Engineers for the solar project will soon begin assessing the water treatment plant, and well site.

Council approved the Wastewater Treatment Department hiring Collin Mozena.

Council approved a plan to change Ohio Drive to a one-way street, extending from State to Elizabeth Street. The change is the result of a recent study done by the village that supports issues with excessive traffic flow, increased pedestrian use, mainly students from the school system, and narrowness of the street, all factors creating risk for accidents on Ohio Drive.

Council approved removal of a handicap parking sign on Goodrich Street.

The next council session will be 7 p.m. May 7.