Following a recent update from the Cy Young Pool Manager, Newcomerstown Village Council voiced that they want to be able to continue to have the village swimming pool open each season -- and without any financial issues.
Mayor Jim Friel said he felt the village deserves to have a swimming pool available and that the efforts of the community have clearly supported how much they want the pool to be open.
In an effort to avoid facing another financial situation next year, village council approved solicitor Robert Stephenson to assess the possibility for a half mil levy to be added to the next ballot. The levy will be specifically for the ongoing operation of the swimming pool and park.
According to the earlier report from pool manager Erin Hans, pool passes and admissions have brought in $4,179 since the last council meeting, June 16. Donations have also been received totaling $1,200. She said a recent special evening swimming event, known as the Glow Swim brought in $658, and $144.15 from the concession sales.
Hans also informed council that there will be special events being held at the Cy Young Park for the month of July to fund the swimming pool. Some of those events include Adult Women Only Swim (July 24), Kids Bingo (July 25), Polar Bear Dip (July 26), Christmas in July (July 26), Family Talent Show (July 26), and Family Swim Night (July 29). Hans said there is also plans for a 2K Zombie Fun Walk on Aug. 2. She said interested participants can register for that event now.
Hans informed council that she did receive resignations from several lifeguards recently due to various issues that prohibited them from being able to continue. She later recommended Marissa Henninge as a full-time guard, and Crystal Hackenbracht, Cole Morris, and Kennedy Armstrong as substitute guards, council approved the recommendations. Hans was also given the authority to be able to hire replacement certified lifeguards as the need arises. This was seen as a need in order to avoid needing to possibly close the pool if there were inadequate certified guards available and authorization needing obtained from village council.
Council also approved lifeguard Jerrod Brooks to receive the pool manager's rate of pay ($9 per hour) in the event Hans would be ill or unavailable, and Brooks temporarily replaces her. Hans said Brooks has been familiarized with the daily operation duties and use of chemicals for the swimming pool. Council later approved clarification that the rate of pay for the lifeguards is $8 per hour.
Park manager Steve Lower said the Cy Young monument had been cleaned on July 4. Lower later requested need for
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See Sapproval for a 2x4 concrete slab to be placed underneath the Pepsi machine located near the basketball court. He said the machine had been placed on 2x4 sections of lumber to level it and had recently been knocked over by person/persons unknown. Council directed Lower to get an estimate for the cost of approximately six bags of concrete and submit it to council.
Other business discussed during the July 16 regular session included:
• Councilmember Earl McCormick is making a special request for village residents to keep lawns mowed and maintained for Newcomerstown Bicentennial celebration that will continue through the end of this year.
• Mayor Friel requested council to look into creating an ordinance that will cover the village for clean-up and/or demolition of any structure in the village that had contained a confirmed meth lab.
• Council entered an executive session to discuss personnel.
• Council approved the advertising for a street department superintendent. They will follow protocol and post the position internally first to see if any qualified applicants are interested.
• The advertising for a part-time administrative assistant position is on hold until it has discussed it further by the committee members involved in hiring.
• Council approved an ordinance approving, adopting, enacting certain titles within American Legal Publishing's Ohio Basic Code 2014 edition.
• Council approved resolution to adopt the solid waste management plan for the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne County Solid Waste Management District.
Council's next meeting will be Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown.