Concerns over the future of the Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs (or otherwise known as the Newcomerstown Utilities Board) topped discussion at its recent meeting April 12.

"I'm afraid they (Newcomerstown Village Council) are going to do away with us," said Newcomerstown BPA President Gregg Shivers.

However, board members questioned whether council could legally abolish the three-member board because they are also elected officials, not volunteers, who oversee the water and wastewater departments in the village.

Rumors have been circulating after village council announced that they will be accepting resumes for a village administrator in the village. By having that individual in place, it may cause the BPA to disband.

At council's previous meeting April 1, they repealed the Newcomerstown Recreation Board and took back the control of the park's finances. However, those five individuals that served on the board were volunteers, not elected officials.

In other business, the board heard a report about the added security measures at the water department. The installation of a new payment window (with protective glass) and bathroom entrance are almost complete.

The board also:

• Approved a contract with Moody's of Dayton at a cost of $12,200 to clean, inspect and repair the two wells and associated equipment at the water treatment plant.

The board will meet again in regular session on Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m.