As a way to speed up communication during urgent events that arise, the village of Newcomerstown has been working on a plan to implement a call system very soon.

During a recent village council meeting, Mayor Pat Cadle reported that the village has been working with Towne Call, Inc., on building a web site that will maintain the calls, and connect through other media sources such as Facebook. According to Cadle, the call system will alert Newcomerstown residents of immediate, urgent information that residents would need to know, such as a water line break, and possible need for boil alert, or less urgent matters such as the village leaf pick-up schedule, recycling or other upcoming events.

The village is anticipating the implementation of the call system soon.

Other items discussed during the Dec. 3 council session included:

• Council approved the resignation of Jennifer Lowry, part-time police officer, effective for Nov. 30.

• The village had a four inch water line break on North Cross Street, near the Coal Port Hill area, on Nov. 28.

• First reading was given on ordinance 24-2018 concerning transfer of funds from the 2019 permanent annual budget general fund to the police fund.

• First reading was given on ordinance 25-2018 concerning transfer of $45,000 from general fund to the cemetery fund, annually.

• Handicap parking request was approved for an East Church Street residence.

• Second reading was given on ordinance 22-2018 concerning rate of pay for 2019, amending definitions.

• Second reading was also given on ordinance 23-2018 concerning 2019 annual appropriations.

The next regular council session is scheduled for Dec. 17 at the Library Annex.