In an unanimous vote by those present, Newcomerstown Village Council approved the fiscal emergency recovery plan presented at last Monday night's council meeting. Council members Jim Carr and Dave Hickman were absent from the meeting.

Mayor Jim Friel said council made one change to the plan. However, that change, as well as the entire plan itself, is not being released to the public.

The next step is to have the Financial Planning Commission Committee approve the plan at its June 24 meeting. Then, the plan goes on to the State Auditor's Office.

If it is approved at all of the following stages, it will be implemented.

The plan, a five-year outline, is to make the village financially stable and reduce or eliminate the debt incurred in the village, especially the cemetery department.

In other business, council approved moving part-time police officer Jonathon Lopez to a full-time officer. Police Chief Gary Holland was also granted the authority to hire five part-time police officers.

Council also approved the plan for Hitchens and Associates of Coshocton for the 2013 paving project in the village.

Mayor Friel said the handicap accessible lift chair for the Cy Young Pool has been ordered and should be installed by July 4. The other safety improvements have been made on the pool. Once the lift chair is installed, council will establish the pool rates and hours of operation at the pool.

Council also hired Kristen Meeks as the Assistant Recreation director at Cy Young Park. She has 11 years experience at the park/pool and will make $8.50 an hour.

Council will meet again Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown.