Newcomerstown village council approved having only one regular session for the month of July due to unavailability of Mayor Pat Cadle on July 16, and the unavailability of the fiscal officer on Aug. 6.
Council will conduct the regular session on July 2, then not meet again until the following month, in which council will resume with the first Monday, and third Monday evening meetings.
Business discussed during council’s June 18 regular session included:
• During audience participation, several village residents residing on West State Street verbalized concerns with two properties that are in close proximity. One is located on West State, and is open to the elements following previous fire damage from several years ago. The structure is noted to be leaning, and it is a concern that the structure could potentially fall onto nearby residences, injuring the occupants. The village plans to follow up with the fire marshal concerning a ruling to have the structure officially condemned. The village will them seek to have the structure demolished due to the risk of injury to others, or damage to neighboring properties. The other property is located on North McKinley, and has excessively high weeds, and a rodent infestation. The residence is currently occupied, but the owner is reportedly in poor health, and is possibly unaware of the situation. Village officials agreed to follow up with the owner regarding the matter.
• The annual Walk Out of Darkness for suicide prevention is being planned according to Tuscarawas County Suicide Prevention Support Team contact person, Kristie Wilkin. Watch for further details in future upcoming news coverage.
• The village has identified, and marked (with pink paint) multiple trees within the village that are in poor, weakened condition. The trees are in need of being removed as soon as possible due to potential falling limbs, and risk of injury to residents, or damage to vehicles. A list has been sent out for bids (for removal and clean-up of the trees).
• Mayor Cadle recognized the recent passing of Dennis Belle, a former educator in the Newcomerstown School system. Belle was also a previous Newcomerstown village mayor and council member.
• The Woody Hayes celebration is being planned for August 18, at Lee Stadium and on Canal Street with the Temperance Tavern Museum and the Olde Main Street Museum. The village will be unveiling a special commissioned bronze statue of Coach Hayes, done by sculptor Alan Cottrill of Zanesville.
• Council approved to wait for further information, and discussion concerning the installation of a cellular tower on Park Hill.
The next council session is scheduled for July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Newcomerstown Public Library Annex. Sessions are open to the public.