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New Concord reviews past year; mayor says revenue flow continues to be issue

Dan Davis / New Concord Leader Published: March 28, 2012 8:17 AM

NEW CONCORD The village looked back on 2011 Monday during the annual report presented to Village Council.

Among the presenters, Mayor Greg Adams identified three specific issues he chose to spotlight.

The flow of revenues into the village remained a concern both in 2011 and in the present, Adams said. Additional revenue sources cannot be ignored.

The level of fire, EMS and police protection to the village must be maintained. This can be challenging, given the increasing financial demands of such protection and the continued need for volunteer firefighters.

Community growth issues began last year and continuing in 2012 and the future include providing water and waste water backups for the city and updating outdated computer software.

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Other presenters included Village Administrator John Huey, Fire Chief Brent Gates, Police Chief Ed Stewart, water treatment and waste water treatment plant Superintendent Chris Huebner, Fiscal Officer Sue Wilson and Kathy Normansell and Judy Beetem of the New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District.

The annual report is available for online viewing at www.newconcord-oh.gov.

In committee action, council members discussed with American Electric Power representative Paul Prater prior to the meeting regarding a franchise contract with AEP approved 15 years ago. The company is seeking a 10-year contract with automatic annual renewal until either AEP or the village elect to opt out.

Fire Chief Brent Gates announced the Truck 901 Committee plans future meetings with officials to determine the how to bring a recently acquired ladder truck into service and the best way to utilize such a resource.

In legislative action council approved the first reading of an amendment to the villages 1994 zoning ordinance to add solar collection systems as a supplemental use condition and to amend the permanent appropriations for the village during the fiscal year ending Dec. 31.

Resolutions passed include those authorizing the advertisement for bids for the North Friendship Drive Water Line Replacement Project and authorizing several fund transfers.

Council is scheduled to next meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. April 9. The Dedicated Public Servant Award will be presented at that time.

Upcoming village events include Lets Pick It Up New Concord April 22, the annual Board of Trade dinner April 25 and Arbor Day observances April 27.

ddavis@daily-jeff.com


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