With a new year on the very near horizon, the village of Newcomerstown is planning for annual appropriations. During council’s recent session, a first reading was given for ordinance 23-2018 concerning the 2019 permanent annual appropriations.

The appropriations for the expenses and expenditures during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 are as follows:

General Fund:

• Fire - $71,028

• Street Lighting - $37,500

• Public Health Services (payment to County Health Department) - $1,745

• Refuse Contract - $3,850

• General Government: Mayor, salary $22,480, benefits $4,435, Other $4,800, and capital outlay $1,500; Council, salaries $7,300, benefits $1,440, Other $900; Fiscal Officer, salary $49,026, benefits $24,427, Other $29,700, capital outlay $30,000.

• Boards and Commissions: County Auditor/ Treasurer fees $15,100; State Auditor fees $5,000; Solicitor, salary $20,000, benefits $3,946; Other General Government, salary $15,000, benefits $2,125, other $338,500, transfer out $670,000, capital outlay $285,000, Other $10,000

• Street Maintenance - salaries $99,821, benefits $58,373, other $28,200

• State Highway Fund - other $10,000

• Cemetery Fund - salaries $51,906, benefits $27,061, other $11,700

• Park Fund - salary $8,300, benefits $1,600, other $7,400

• Pool Fund - salaries $20,000, benefits $3,500, other $20,100

• Permissive Motor Vehicle Fund - other $43,030, capital outlay $10,000

• Street Levy - other $496,330, capital outlay $80,000, debt service $23,589

• Police Pension - benefits $14,000

• Police Training - other $11,945

• Drug Law Enforcement - other $500

• Computer Fund - other $800

• Police Fund - police salaries $314,581, dispatcher salaries $160,489, police benefits $183,379, dispatcher benefits $102,383, other $66,000, capital outlay $5,000

• Capital Improvement Fund - capital outlay $20,000

• Cy Young Park Improvements - other $1,500, capital outlay $1,500

• Water - salaries $38,288, benefits $16,379, other $20,000

• Water Office/ Billing - salaries $175,717, benefits $129,601, other $99,250, capital outlay $173,000

• Water Dept.: Total Distribution, other $5,000; Total Meters, other $9,000; Total Automotive, $9,000; Other, $105,500; Total Lands & Buildings, $105,500; 

• Sewer, salaries $40,000, benefits $16,379, other $10,500

• Sewer Dept.: Billing, salaries $199,437, benefits $125,613, other $68,250, capital $35,000; Total Meters, other $5,000; Total Automotive, other $7,000; Total Lands and Buildings, other $181,000

• Water R&I -  other $30,000, debt service $77,170

• Sewer R&I - other $245,000, capital outlay $185,000, debt service $331,822

• Cemetery Trust - other $8,500

Grand total of appropriations: $5,875,193

Other items discussed included:

• Buildings & Grounds committee recommended approving applicant John T. Miller regarding closing the sale on the Chestnut Street property owned by the village.

• Council approved the disciplinary BWC safety plan.

• Leaf pick-up in the village will continue until Dec. 3.

• Mayor Pat Cadle thanked the Newcomerstown Public Library for their donation of the gravel that was removed from the parking area at the library (the parking lot is to be paved with asphalt). Mayor said the gravel is already going to good use for the village.

• First reading given for ordinance 22-2018 concerning setting rate of pay for village employees for 2019.

• Lot split was approved for CIC, Reagent Chemical, 10 acres.

• One-way alley between Oxford Square Apartments and Chestnut Street.

• Cemetery policy changes were approved, effective Jan. 1.

The next regular council session is scheduled for Dec. 3.