Newcomerstown cemeteries will soon be undergoing spring cleaning.
According to Street and Cemetery Superintendent Travis Goodwill, clean-up will take place April 15-19. The clean-up will include both the East State Street and West Lawn cemeteries. Goodwill said all items that are on the ground around the grave sites must be removed before April 15. Saddles and grave clips (that are attached to the grave stone) can remain. Items left on the ground will be removed and discarded. Graves can be decorated for spring after April 19.
Some of the guidelines for the cemetery include the following:
• All decorations, including solar lights are permitted on the monument (the immediate area around the grave stone). Any exceptions to the rule must be previously approved by the cemetery superintendent in writing.
• Flowering shrubs, or bushes of any kind are not permitted to be planted on the grave sites.
• No glass containers (vases) permitted; please use metal, cardboard, or plastic only.
• No parking on the cemetery grounds. Parking is only permitted on the asphalt or gravel areas.
• Speed limit in the cemetery is 10 MPH.
• No dogs permitted in the cemetery, no exceptions.
• The cemetery visiting hours are dawn to dusk.
Concerning purchase of grave sites:
• Veteran rates apply only to the veteran, not the spouse. The rate for the spouse will be at the adult rate.
• Lots can only be sold by the cemetery. Lots can only be sold back to the cemetery for the original price that was paid.
• Cost for military grave markers is $100.
• Monuments may not exceed six foot in height.
The cemetery superintendent can be contacted at 740-498-8655. Cemetery guidelines can be viewed at www.newcomerstownoh.com.
Other items discussed during the March 18 regular council session included:
Newcomerstown Community Clean-Up is scheduled for May 3-4. Watch the Newcomerstown News and check the village’s website (web address above) for further details.
Mayor Pat Cadle reported two Tuscarawas County commissioners had visited the former Simonds, Inc. property on Heller Drive. The village is in the process of obtaining estimates for demolition, and any potential asbestos removal.
Council approved handicap parking for two local residents, one on Neighbor Street and the other on Ray Street.
Council approved ground water monitoring at the former landfill site south of town, first of two renewals (twice/ year), provided by North Point Engineering. The cost of the first renewal is $9,080.
Council approved ordinance 03-2019 concerning registration, and construction permit fees for Right of Way program.
The next regular council session is scheduled for April 1.