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John Lowe The New Concord Leader NEW CONCORD

Published: February 19, 2011 11:02 PM

John LoweThe New Concord LeaderNEW CONCORD -- Change has crept into the village and town leaders will have to take that into consideration as they fund village services in the future, Mayor Greg Adams suggested Monday.Speaking from draft notes for his annual State of the Village report, Adams said the administration and council will have to examine the budget in light of the village's changing demographics.Spurring that necessity, in part, is the increasing ratio of rental properties, he said."There are a lot of people living in the village now who are not working here," the mayor said.That fact has impacted the village's income tax revenue, which has trended toward decline.Adams said he was uncertain of what would be involved, but committees will have to take a look at how to continue financing village government operations.Other topics the mayor intends to address next month in his state-of-the-village report include:* Ensuring a continued, good working relationship with Muskingum University, especially in light of the university's efforts to develop an autonomous police force. The mayor's sentiment with respect to the university was echoed by council President Al Chaffee and councilmen Robert Dickson and Bill McCoach. McCoach said it also was important to encourage relationships with the citizens and the business community.* Responding to an ever increasing number of emergency medical runs by the New Concord Fire Department.* Fostering the development of a new generation of volunteers. "We're really fortunate to have a corps of citizens who volunteer," Adams said. "We want to make sure we have new leadership coming along to continue that legacy."Among other concerns expressed by councilmen were:* Housing for senior citizens.* Moving the New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District toward funding autonomy.* Creating more "green space" in the village.* Spreading a greater awareness of recycling opportunities in the village.* Improving safety measures for employees in Village Hall.* Enticing more businesses to come to town.* Challenging employees to find "efficiencies" in their jobs.jlowe@daily-jeff.com


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