For the past month, the Village of Newcomerstown has been looking at ways to help improve its financial status.

While the recent inception of Mayor's Court may not completely resolve the money issues, the village has voiced concern that it may help to some degree.

According to Mayor Steve Guy, the village is already starting to generate money from it. He reported that approximately 41 cases had been presented since March and an estimated total of $4,170 has been collected as a result. The first case was presented to Mayor's Court magistrate Patrick Deboer on March 16.

Village council members voiced their optimism that the decision to have Mayor's Court in Newcomerstown looks favorable so far.

Other business discussed at the May 2 council meeting included:

* Council approved the amended sick leave ordinance for village employees following a third reading.

* Second reading was given for the Tuscarawas County Tax Incentive Review Council.

* The Village Solicitor will check on the issue of right-of-way for American Electric Power Company concerning property near the old Ohio Power sub station off Johnson Hill Road.

* Council approved a upgrade/switch over for computers at the Mayor's office, street department, and water department. The cost for the procedure is not to exceed $300.

* Quote of $800 to repair the village's tractor with brushhog was approved. The repair/part replacement will be done by Eckert Brothers at Dover.

* Mayor Guy reported receiving feedback from the Shade Tree Committee members regarding concerns with the trees on Main Street. He said several members were opposed to removing all the trees, and suggested only removing specific trees that are causing problems and trim the remaining trees.

Council will meet again May 23 at 7 p.m.