Brian Shurtz, a member of the Boy Scouts Pack 424 recently presented a plan to Newcomerstown Village Council regarding replacing the sign at West Lawn Cemetery as a project to gain his Eagle Scout badge.

The previous sign at West Lawn had deteriorated, fell over, and was later removed according to the village cemetery personnel. Shurtz, accompanied by his advisor, Brian Rennicker, informed council that he needed signatures from council to submit to the scout leader before he could begin the project. He said that as soon as he receives approval from the scout leader he will begin the project hopefully within the next month.

Shurtz provided sketches of the planned sign, and said it will be constructed of vinyl material for longer durability. He said local business owner George Darr has agreed to assist with funding for the materials for the sign. The sign is planned to be approximately 3’x4’, and will be situated in the same location of the original sign. Shurtz said he projects that the sign will be completed and in place by late August.

Items discussed during council’s May 21 regular session included:

• Speed limit signs (35 mph) have been installed on Pilling Street.

• One way street signs will soon be posted for Ohio Drive.

• Council approved three seasonal workers, Mitchell Russell, Darin Stocker, and Kaden Shepherd for the cemetery maintenance this summer.

• Council approved a new insurance plan for village property insurance. The new carrier is PEP (Public Entity Pool).

• Council approved resolution 10-2018 concerning the village fiscal officer to deduct from village employee payroll for those employees that are enrolled in the village’s insurance plan.

• Council approved the resignation of part-time police dispatcher Ariel Green, effective June 3. Council approved the police chief to advertise for two part-time dispatchers.

• Mayor Cadle reported Newcomerstown was approved for $150,000 Small Community grant which will be utilized for the West Street paving project, which is planned to begin in August.

• Culvert replacement continues on Park Hill Drive and anticipated to be completed soon.

• Mayor Cadle recognized the Newcomerstown High School Class of 2018.

• The village is requesting that residents do not blow, or rake grass cuttings into the streets. There was recently a near accident reported involving a resident riding his motorcycle, and skidding in wet grass clippings that had been earlier blown/raked into the street. The grass cutting also collect in the village storm drains and can lead to impairment of the sewer system, and eventually disrupt the residential sewer service.

• Council approved resolution 09-2018 concerning land reutilization program for the former Simonds/Heller Tool property.

• Council approved the Lexipol training program for the police department at a cost of $4,235.