Newcomerstown Village Council's main focus was on village streets and alley ways during their July 6 meeting.
Council approved Hitchens & Associates to release bids for a street resurfacing project, which will involve Greenwood Avenue, Dewey Avenue, Newport Street and the south end of West Street. The total cost for the project will be $49,952.
A one-way alley restructure was also approved for two alleys in the village. The first alley is located behind Medi-Wise Pharmacy and is currently a two-way alley. A one way traffic pattern is being proposed which will send traffic from Heller Drive to River Street, towards the middle school.
Several council members pointed out that the alley is narrow and has several blind spots. The alley recently had a mirror placed at one of the blind spots but the area remains a concern.
Councilmember Janet Bush said she was opposed to the traffic pattern being directed towards the school due to potential increase in traffic and safety of students during the times that school is in session.
Another alley that is being proposed to become a one-way alley is located off north Beaver Street. This alley also has a blind spot which was created by a recently constructed privacy fence. The fence runs along the alley and is on private property.
According to authorities, the property owner was contacted and several sections of the fence were removed but there are still sections remaining that are impeding driver's view as they pull out onto Beaver Street from the alley. With a the proposed one-way, traffic will enter from Beaver Street and exit at either State or Goodrich streets.
Council approved both alley one-way conversions. Signs will be placed at both areas in the near future.
Other business discussed by council included:
* The discussion of repair or replacement of a large backhoe, which was on the agenda was tabled by council until further information is obtained.
* The landfill site project is near completion once the Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval. Split rail fence to be installed soon; bidding in progress. The area was recently re-seeded, chain link fence replaced near former Simonds property and new limestone added at site.
* Two gas monitoring wells, which are required at the landfill site, are to be placed and two existing ones re-located. The projected additional cost for the gas wells will be $7,050.