As a way to improve and track supporting documentation, information from police calls, and present and preserve critical evidence for a case, body cameras were recently approved for the Newcomerstown Police.
Police Chief Gary Holland said the cost of 10 cameras would be $4,645. The cameras are a BodyCam 300 version, and will feature durable design that will work in any environment, and also meet military specification requirements, the chief said. The cameras will have 12 hour battery coverage, designed to work for a full-day shift. The features also include LED display screens to ensure accuracy, and a built-in flashlight. High definition recording will also meet all specifications. The body cameras were approved by Newcomerstown council during a recent council session.
Other items discussed by council during the April 2 session included:
• Council approved resolution 06-2018 concerning authorization for participation in the ODOT winter 2018-19 road salt contract.
• The Chestnut Street property/house donated to the village last year will be sold soon, sale pending.
• The three compartment sink for the concession stand at Cy Young Park and Pool will soon be installed. The sink is a specific requirement by the Tuscarawas County Health Department if the park continues to sell cooked food products to patrons.
• Village fiscal officer Lisa Stiteler reported the property and casualty insurance for the village will be due for renewal by June 1. Stiteler reported she is checking with several competitors, in an effort to check on whether there are any better rates.
• Pool manager Kristen Casteel reported that life guarding class will start soon, and there are eight persons scheduled so far to take the classes. A new diving board was ordered, and will be installed within the next 3-4 weeks. The pool is being power washed, and new water depth markings are to be re-stenciled. The grounds of the park are being cleaned up in preparation of the Memorial Day opening of the pool and park. Information concerning pool passes will be distributed in school information, and be available on Facebook soon. Casteel said that all of the clean-up, and power washing is being done by volunteers and will be no added cost to the village.
• The village welcomes a new business in town, HER Realty. Gary and Janet Chaney were also recognized as the "Citizen Couple of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce recently.
• The village has applied for a ARC grant and a small community grant for the West Street paving project that is planned for this summer.
• There was more discussion concerning the parking dilemma on Main Street. The village is looking at several parking areas that are private owned, and would like to possibly purchase and upgrade for Main Street business owners, and/or tenants of the apartments above Main Street business buildings. The parking is limited for shoppers/patrons to the Main Street businesses due to business owners, and tenants utilizing parking spaces in front of businesses, causing lack of parking for shoppers/patrons. The village has discussed time limited parking, parking meters, parking signs, designation of Main Street being a one-way street, or developing an angled parking plan to facilitate accommodation of more vehicles in the parking areas.
The next regular council is scheduled for April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Library Annex. The sessions are open to the public.