While the hills were vibrant with red, orange, yellow, and rust colors, those colorful leaves are now falling to the ground. Many local residents are enjoying the view of some of those same colors right in their own yards. The exquisite beauty of the fall season does come with a slight price to pay! The price? You guessed it, leaf raking!

With that being said, the Village of Newcomerstown has recently announced the fall leaf pick-up schedule. Leaf pick-up began on Nov. 5. The day for leaf pick-up will be according to the area in which you reside, please note the schedule is as follows:

Mondays, Section 1: From River Street west to the corporation limit, south of the railroad tracks.

Tuesdays, Section 2: From River Street east to the corporation limit, south of the railroad tracks.

Wednesdays, Section 3: From Bridge Street east to Pilling Street, north of the railroad tracks, including the Scott Addition.

Thursdays, Section 4: From Bridge Street west to the corporation limit, north of the railroad tracks.

The street department is requesting residents to rake their leaves (and only leaves!) into the street, about one foot from the curb or edge of the curb strip, on your area’s assigned day (see schedule). It is important to keep them back from the curb/ curb strip so as to allow water to drain into the storm drain, otherwise the drain will become obstructed thus leading to potential back-up into residents’ sewer lines. Officials said to please be sure that no brush, tree limbs, or other debris is in the leaves, otherwise, if any such items are found, your leaves will be left, no exceptions!

The street crew will only make one pass on the assigned day, beginning each day at 7 a.m. Any questions can be directed to Street Superintendent Travis Goodwill, at 740-498-8655 (leave a message).

Applications will continue to be accepted until Nov. 19 for the purchase of the South Chestnut Street house that the village has for sale. Two applications have been received to date.

Mayor Pat Cadle thanked all who attended and supported the recent solar project ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor Cadle reported that the village is in the process of completing steps to acquire the former Simonds property on Heller Drive. The village is hopeful that the demolition will begin in February-March, 2019. Keep watch in The Newcomerstown News for more information to be released at a later time regarding upcoming plans for the property.

Council also:

• approved the resignation of police patrolman, Alex Troyer, effective Oct. 28, 2018.

• approved Bernie Eggleston to full-time police patrolman position, and approved the hiring of Steven Feck as part-time police patrolman position.

• approved ordinance 21-2018 to amend the 2018 budget.

• approved ordinance 16-2018 concerning the village employee policy manual regarding employee insurance.

The next regular council session is scheduled for Nov. 19.