The end of the year typically is a time to reflect for most individuals.

Last Monday nights Newcomerstown Village Council meeting, the last one for 2011, was no exception.

For Mayor Steve Guy and councilmember Earl McCormick it was also a time to express their gratitude as they both leave their positions with the Village of Newcomerstown.

Mayor Guy said he wished to thank the members of village council for their support and to the community for the opportunity to have served the village for the past four years. He also wished incoming Mayor Jim Friel much success with his term which will begin on Jan. 1.

Councilmember Dave Hickman thanked Mayor Guy for his service and dedication to the village.

Councilmember McCormick also expressed his gratitude to the village and his fellow council members, adding that, I have enjoyed serving on village council. I am very honored to have been a part of this. I am hoping that I will be considered again if I happen to run in any of the future elections.

Councilmember Heather Stein-Wells expressed her thanks to McCormick for his assistance and guidance with the various council committees in which he served on during his term. Village council members and others in attendance gave a round of applause for both Guy and McCormick.

Other business conducted by council during the Dec. 19 regular session included:

Councilmember Sue Simmons said the recent contributory toll road for the employees of Janesville Acoustics generated $2,107.52 and said donations are still being accepted for anyone that would still like to contribute monetary donations.

Council approved the temporary appropriations for 2012.

Discussion regarding replacement of a heating unit in the villages street department garage was tabled for a second time.

A third reading was given and council approved the contract with Tuscarawas County Jail to house inmates for Newcomerstown; the cost of $55 per day will include meals.

A first reading was given for an ordinance that prohibits use of jake breaks and other similar engine retarders within the village limits.

Council approved a two year contract for Robert R. Stephenson to continue as the villages solicitor, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Council approved Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 for the regular sessions (only for January).

The sessions will return to the first and third Monday as per previous scheduling starting in February.