The Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs will be working into next year's budget a program to replace or repair three fire hydrants in the village every year.

President of the Board Gregg Shivers announced the plans at the board's meeting Aug. 11.

This year, they have made repairs to the fire hydrants on Crestview Manor, N. College Street and will completely replace a fire hydrant on Canal Street (across from Domino's).

"Let's get that done as soon as possible," Shivers said about replacing the fire hydrant on Canal Street. "That way, we will have three repaired or replaced this year."

But from here on out, the board is budgeting in three new fire hydrants a year.

In other business, the board will be working with council and Fiscal Officer Lisa Stiteler in coming up with a wage and pay scale for water and wastewater department workers.

Board member Al Miskimen said the village's wages are not competitive with surrounding villages.

"I no longer want us to be a training ground," Miskimen said regarding employees who get their start here and then transfer to another location in order to make more money.

"We don't want other villages stealing our licensed employees," he said. "We want to keep them here."

Meanwhile, the board heard from Utilities Superintendent Ken Schweitzer regarding the water line break on W. State Street. An eight-foot section of a six-inch water line needs replaced since the cast iron pipe cracked.

"We have a pipe that will continue to crack until it is replaced," Miskimen said.

The repair should take one day to repair and the water will be shut off to three homes in that area. Once the repair is fixed, the homes will be on a boil order until the water tests come back without bacteria.

In other business, the board:

/ Rescinded a motion regarding the reimbursement of money to property owner Richard Edwards concerning the replacement of carpet and flooring at his property on N. College Street after the sewer line backed up. The board will reimburse Edwards once the bill is

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paid first, not pay ahead before the work is completed.

/ Approved Vince Grewell's bid for a front door and new carpet in the office/foyer at the water department to make it handicap accessible. His estimate is $3,975.

/ Promoted Allan Davis to Water Distribution Tech II, effective July 29. He has met all the requirements for this change. His pay rate will be $11.59.

/ Approved the purchase of a trailer from Marstrell's Auto Parts for $995 out of the water and wastewater funds to be used to haul mowing equipment from the water plant to the wastewater plant.

The board will meet again Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at the water department.