During the recent regular village council session, Newcomerstown Mayor Pat Cadle presented the following proclamation:
"Whereas, Wayne Woodrow Hayes was born February 14, 1913 in Clifton, Ohio, but became one of our native sons when he moved to Newcomerstown at an early age when his father became the school superintendent, played center on his football team, and graduated from Newcomerstown High School in Class of 1931.
"Whereas, Woody attended Denison University, graduating in 1935. He was assistant football coach for Mingo Junction and New Philadelphia, and later became the New Philadelphia’s Head Football Coach in 1937.
"Whereas, In July 1941, Woody enlisted in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He commanded the destroyer escort USS Rinehart in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations.
"Whereas, After WW II, Woody became the Head Football Coach at Denison, and later at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, which became known as the ‘cradle of coaches’ during his tenure.
"Whereas, His success at Miami brought the opportunity to coach at Ohio State University in 1951. During his years at Ohio State, Woody led his teams to 205 wins, 61 losses, and 10 ties. His teams were recognized as consensus national titles in 1954, 1957, and 1968. 13 Big Ten Conference Championships, and 8 Rose Bowl appearances.
"Whereas, After his coaching time had passed, Woody would still visit Newcomerstown to see old friends, and his former teachers, showing that he had never forgotten where he grew up and the people he knew.
"Therefore, I, Patrick Cadle as Mayor of Newcomerstown, Ohio, do hereby proclaim Saturday, August 18, 2018 as "Bringing Woody Hayes Home Day."
"To honor one of Newcomerstown’s famous sons who represented our village and Ohio throughout the country as an outstanding coach, educator, and human being and to encourage the citizens of Newcomerstown to learn more and recognize his life and how he paid it forward. Proclaimed the sixth day of August 2018."
Mayor Cadle thanked everyone, with special thanks to Heather Stein-Wells and Tom Saurbrey, for their efforts during the water main break that occurred a couple weeks ago.
Street Department Supt. Travis Goodwill reported that striping, cross walks, and new signs to be installed near the schools this week, before the new school year starts. Streets are to be swept with the street sweeper.
During the financial report, $495,000 in financial CDs were reported as recently moved to Century National Bank per the Financial Officer, which the village will get increased interest rate.
The Water Department will be hiring a new staff member. Shirley Hayes will be retiring effective Nov. 1. Interviews will be set up at the end of the month according to Tom Saurbrey.
Council thanked Denny and Marlene Ross and Dave Craigo for allowing access through their properties while the village was clearing, thinning trees that were on village owned property.
Council approved the recent resignation of Pool Manager Kristen Casteel, and approving Bailey Guy as Pool Manager, and Audrey Tingle as Assistant Pool Manager.
Council approved committee chair re-organization as Kristie Wilkin will chair the Legislation, Rules, and Personnel committee, and Jim Friel will now chair the Street, Sidewalks, & Recreations committee.
Council approved a plan for a solid waste recycling program for the village.
Council approved resolution 12-2018 regarding Trebel, LLC as energy consultant and management agreement.
During audience participation two Goodrich Street residents voiced concerns with a nearby residence that has multiple feral cats and requesting that the village develop an ordinance, restricting the amount of outdoor cats that village residents are allowed to keep. Village Solicitor, Robert Stephenson will review the request and compare other city/village municipalities’ ordinances concerning control of excess cats/feral cats. Council will then discuss it again at a later session, and consider passing an ordinance.
The next regular council session is scheduled for Aug. 20.