It has been several weeks since the Newcomerstown Police Department has come under sudden scrutiny and now the chief of police Tim Miller has been placed on indefinite suspension.
A recent, brief update was provided by the village solicitor Shawn Lindsay during the Aug. 17 regular village council session.
Lindsay said an outside investigator has working on the case for the past several weeks and that a detailed investigative report will be forthcoming to village council within the next couple weeks. No details on the situation have yet been made public.
Village council recently approved an agreement with Executive Security Solution, Inc. at a rate of $75 per hour to provide investigative services to examine the allegations of the reported misconduct of village department employees.
Meanwhile, village council also approved the hiring of three new, part-time reserve officers, effective Aug. 18. The reserve officers are: Angela Dunn, Bryan Eubanks and Jennifer Lowery.
Interim police chief Mike Kennedy presented letters of commendation to officers Mike Brooks and Matt Jenkins in response to a letter written by local resident Lisa Leonard. She had recommended that Brooks and Jenkins be recognized for their assistance to Leonard and her family during an Aug. 12 incident where Leonard's son required emergency crisis intervention. Leonard wished to publicly commend Brooks and Jenkins for their outstanding response during her family's need for immediate assistance and safety.
Other business included:
* Steve Lower was approved as the caretaker at Cy Young Park following the resignation of the previous caretaker.
* Councilmember Janet Bush said the application of a final layer of asphalt will soon complete the sewer line project on State Street.
* An ordinance regulating growth of noxious weeds and grass in the village limits was approved.
* Council approved surveyors Ward & Emler to survey and mark the area around the landfill site project for the intended split rail fence that council has earlier approved. The cost for the surveying service will not exceed $500.
The 2009 Frontier Apple Festival committee will have a meeting at Memory Park, Bridge Street, on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to join the committee and help plan the festivities for this year's event. The committee is planning some surprises for the festival. They will also have a final meeting on Sept. 29 (same time and place). The festival will take place Oct. 9-11.
Council will meet again Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.