Taking a proactive approach to filling vacancies within the village personnel was the top priority at council's meeting last Monday.

"We are working and trying to get things the way they should be," said Newcomerstown Councilman Jim Carr about hiring employees to fill vacancies.

Newcomerstown Village Council took steps in hiring two laborers for the village's street and cemetery departments.

John Dotson was hired immediately as a part-time laborer for the street and cemetery departments at 32 hours per week at $10.09 an hour.

Clyde Durben was hired as a seasonal employee for the street and cemetery departments at $9 an hour at 23 hours per week and not to exceed 46 hours in a pay period.

Next, Steve Lower was hired as the Cy Young Park/Pool caretaker to start immediately at $10.09 per hour. He was given 23 hours per week, not to exceed 46 hours in a pay period.

Council also voted to promote Newcomerstown Police Officer John Gray to Sgt. John Gray. He will receive a pay increase of $1,123.20 a year.

Regretfully, council approved the resignation of Officer Jonathon Lopez, effective May 25. But agreed to advertise/post that the village is looking for both full-time and part-time police officers.

Council also publicly welcomed the new full-time fiscal officer Lisa Stiteler as this was her first official meeting as village fiscal officer. They, publicly, thanked Beth Ferguson-Pollock for her time as village fiscal officer.

Next, council approved the resignation of retirement for Pam Norman, mayor's secretary, effective June 1. She served as the mayor's secretary for 22-1/2 years.

In other business, council approved the cost estimate of $11,954 for the ground water monitoring from North Point Engineering for the Newcomerstown Landfill.

Also, council had the first reading that adjusted the fee schedule for Newcomerstown Mayor's Court.

Council will also check into having a trash dumpster available for a possible clean-up week in the village.

Council entered into an approximate 45-minute executive session to discuss personnel.

Council will meet again Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown. A Financial Committee meeting will take place at 6 p.m. prior to the council meeting.