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Newton Falls

WHAT: Village council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Zachary Svette, Lyle Waddell, Phillip Beer, Tarry Alberini and acting Mayor John Baryak

Council:

• Announced the village police department was presented a “Gold Safety Award” from the American Automobiles Association Municipal Police Department praising the successful traffic enforcement in the village. Manager David Lynch said the award looks at the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities in a community and how law enforcement works to prevent them;

• Heard from Lynch that police will be monitoring state Route 5 along with Canal, Milton and Center streets, where most speeding is reported;

• Heard from Lynch he is working on “two major projects” that will bring new business to the village. He said he could not discuss specifics but expects to have one announcement in 60 days and another in six months. Lynch said he considers both projects to be important for growth in Newton Falls;

• Approved submitting applications with Ohio Public Works Commission for Issue 1 funds for projects in the community, including capital improvements on First Street, storm sewer improvements on Washington Avenue and sanitary sewer improvements on Medley Avenue;

• Heard from Alberini of plans for new s­ignage on state Route 5 to inform motorists of restaurants and other sites in the community as a way to help promote the village;

• Announced the swearing in of new Mayor Ken Kline and council members will be 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at Newton Falls First Church of God;

• Recognized the high school girls volleyball team for a successful season.

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