Halloween is a few weeks away, but Newcomerstown officials are already looking ahead at ways to decrease vandalism and mischief that is associated with the Halloween festivities.
During council's meeting Oct. 4, Police Chief Gary Holland proposed a village curfew as one of the measures to hopefully decrease pranksters' activities. Village council approved the plan for the curfew which will go into effect Oct. 8 and last through Nov. 1. The curfew times will be 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Action will be taken by the police department for individuals that are caught on the street during the specified hours, that is unless they have a legitimate reason for being out during those hours.
Other business discussed included:
* Council approved Mayor Steve Guy's appointment of Holland as Newcomerstown Village Police chief.
* Repair or replacement of a generator at the village Municipal Building was tabled until possible grants can be researched for funding.
* Computer upgrades for the village's Internet services was approved at a cost of $600. Contract given to Michael LaVigne.
* Flu shots for village employees were discussed and tabled by council at this time.
* Auction of miscellaneous items owned by the village was discussed and tabled by council at this time.
* Resolution approved to terminate the Enterprise Zone agreement with Bob & Chuck LLC (doing business as Enterprise Products) was approved.
* Council later entered executive session to discuss personnel with pending litigation. No action was reported by council.
* Council later approved a motion made councilmember Earl McCormick not to accept any promotions or hire any new village employees at this time due to the village's current financial status.
* Local citizen Goldie Abbuhl inquired as to who was responsible for repair and upkeep of the sidewalks in front of local businesses and establishments on Main Street. Village Solicitor Shawn Lindsay informed Abbuhl that the sidewalks would be the responsibility of each business or property owner. Abbuhl commented that she has observed several individuals falling on the sidewalks that were notably in poor condition and needing obvious repair.
Council's next meeting will be Oct. 18.