A plan to repair and/or revitalize fire hydrants in Newcomerstown is being taken on by the Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs.

That plan was announced at its board meeting Nov. 10.

Ideally, the plan to repair or install new fire hydrants will take several years to complete since there are 161 total fire hydrants in the village.

"They're old and we need to find parts to replace things," said Utilities Superintendent Ken Schweitzer. Some fire hydrants date back 100 years.

In 2015, a total of six fire hydrants in the village were repaired.

However, for the 2016 budget, $20,000 has been set aside to repair or replace three more fire hydrants in the village. Those three that have been designated might need total replacements and those can cost approximately $5,000 each.

"If we have to do it, we have to do it," Board of Public Affairs member Al Miskimen said.

There are currently 12 fire hydrants earmarked in the village that need some sort of repair or replacement, Schweitzer said, including the one on Canal Street, beside St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Fire hydrants on County Road 15 and Tuscarawas Avenue were repaired this year.

Meanwhile, the Board of Public Affairs heard from Laura Brown from the State Auditor's Office regarding basic accounting methods, budgets and purchase orders.

She said since the village has been in fiscal emergency, the water and sewer payments were only being posted one time a month to the account.

"We'd really like that to be done weekly," Brown said, "daily is best but weekly will work."

The board agreed and approved a motion that would require the money to be posted weekly to the account.

"You can't be working blind," said Board of Public Affairs President Gregg Shivers.

The board's next monthly meeting is set for Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. at the water department.

However, the board's 2016 organizational meeting has been set for Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. at the water department.