The Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs heard from Mayor Jim Friel at its meeting July 14 regarding the contaminated water in the Mizer Addition.

Mayor Friel told the utilities board that the Tuscarawas County Health Department and Tuscarawas County Commissioners will be mailing out a survey for residents to answer whether they would like to be connected to village water or not.

Residents in the Mizer Addition were told at an informal meeting July 1 that there are carcinogens and nitrates in well water in one section of the housing division.

At that meeting, a show of hands were raised to verify how many residents were interested in to connecting to village water with the majority not wanting village water. However, something more concrete needs to be done before a final decision is made.

"The more (residents) that want the water, the better chance of (the village) getting funding for it," Mayor Friel said in regards to installing new water lines in the Mizer Addition.

Currently, only residents along E. State Road have the opportunity to be connected to village water.

In other business, the board voted to reimburse the cost of cleaning, disposal fees and carpet repair for a backed up sewer line into a N. College Street residence. Home owner Richard Edwards was reimbursed $1,671.31 for the damage, however, he must install a back flow prevention device in the sewer line in order to prevent this problem in the future.

In other business:

/ The board tabled discussion on bids regarding the replacement of flooring and the front door at the water department until all bids have the same bid criteria.

/ Water Plant Tech I Daniel Dotson was replaced by Josh Smith effective June 22, the board approved.

/ It was also announced the water department will be taking sample tests from 20 random homes in the village.

They will be testing for lead and copper.

These tests haven't been completed in several years and will be done by the end of the month.

/ Bobby Dotson will be the new operator at the wastewater treatment plant, effective July 1.

/ Mayor Friel presented Utilities Superintendent Ken Schweitzer with a copy of the plans to replace traffic lights on U.S. 36 from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The state is asking if any of the village utilities will be in the way of this project.

The board will meet again Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. at the water department.