Identifying wants and needs in operating a village government was a topic of discussion at last Monday's Newcomerstown Village Council meeting.
Former Newcomerstown Recreation Board President Greg Bowman asked council to consider the wants and needs in the village, especially when dealing with the Cy Young Park and Cy Young Pool.
"Things are prioritized as needs if the people who want them are tax payers," he said. "The park is not a want to them (the kids) but a need for them. We have to speak for them because they are not tax payers."
Bowman went on to say that no department in the village can effectively spend money or operate without monthly financial reports and statements.
"This village cannot spend their money correctly if they do not budget money or know what is available to spend," he said.
Councilman Dave Hickman said he believes council is headed in the right direction because village financial statements are now being made more easily available.
Mayor Jim Friel suggested that the village place an operating levy on the election ballot for operating the pool if it is a need in the community.
"If we could pass a levy, then we wouldn't be in the red all the time," Mayor Friel said.
As far as when the pool is scheduled to open this year, Mayor Friel said employees from Patterson Pool will be here within the week and it should take three days to complete the safety upgrades needed. Council will meet in special session, prior to the pool opening, to set pool prices and other necessities.
Council did, however, approve hiring Chuck Eicholtz as the new park director at $8.50 an hour. An assistant park director will be named at a later date.
Council also approved a list of lifeguards to work at the pool this summer.
In other business, it was announced that Main Street and Bridge Street will be paved before the fall. The streets will cost approximately $71,830 and $73,315, respectively, to pave.
"Main Street really kind of fell apart badly over the winter," councilmember Sue Simmons said.
Council also announced that they wanted to pave Main Street before next year's Bicentennial Celebration takes place which most of it is planned for the downtown.
Next year, they will look at completing another section of streets that will may include Chestnut Street.
It was also announced that mosquito spraying in the village is expected to start soon.
Council entered into a half hour executive session to discuss personnel. However, no direct action was taken upon their return.
Council will meet again Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown.