Several ordinances, one concerning whether or not Newcomerstown will have adequate funds to continue operation of its police department, were passed by village council Monday night.
Ordinance 06-15 received it's third reading and was passed unanimously. The ordinance concerns future availability of funding for the Newcomerstown Police Department. Without the availability of necessary funding, the Village of Newcomerstown could face the possibility of having no police department. The tax is in excess of the ten-mill limitation. The levy will be presented to the community on the voting ballot during the primary election in November 2015.
During the same council meeting, Ordinance 05-15 received its third reading, and was also approved by council. This was concerning the prices/fees modification for the local cemeteries.
Council also approved the resolution to adopt a plan of operation and governance for the electric, and natural gas aggregation plan. With rising costs of electric and natural gas services, the aggregation will ensure locked in prices for electric and gas costs for village residents that choose to participate in the plan.
Other business discussed at the July 6 meeting included:
• The installation of additional street lighting for north College Street-Scott Drive area has been started. According to councilmember,Heather Stein-Wells, several street lights were installed and residents are commenting on the difference the few lights have made already.
• Tree City USA has been contacted and will be sending information to the Shade Tree Committee
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See concerning types of various trees that would be best suited for the downtown area.
• Village officials are checking on ownership of a residence on Spaulding Avenue that may possibly need condemned and demolished if it cannot be repaired/upgraded in the near future. The property has residents in that neighborhood concerned due to the conditions of the house, and surrounding property.
• The Enterprise Drive re-surfacing project in moving along, and bids will be open on July 29, according to Fiscal Officer Lisa Stiteler.
• Police Chief Gary Holland reports having two resignations,and one termination in his department. Two road officers and one dispatcher position. Council approved the resignations Officer Woods (effective June 22), and Officer Cory Myers (termination effective June 30), and Dispatcher Jonathon Stanfield (effective June 21).
• Chief Holland said there were 210 incidents for the month of June.
• Council also approved Ordinance 22-14 concerning adding funds ($5,000) for the Cy Young Park pool concession stand/food supplies funding.
• Council briefly discussed recent reported concerns voiced by village residents regarding consolidation of refuse service for the village. Council members said they were not interested in any consolidation of refuse services at this point. There was no further discussion on the matter.
• Council approved a lot split for a property located on Crestview Manor.
• Resident Ken Hacker publicly thanked council and the street department for the recent repair to a pot hole located near St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. He later questioned on whether council had received any further information concerning the new fire hydrants that were being ordered to replace hydrants that were in disrepair. One such hydrant exists near the church. Council member Jim Reed said the hydrants were on order, and should be received and installed soon.
Council's next meeting will be July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Library Annex.