MINERAL CITY REACHES INSURANCE SETTLEMENT
MINERAL CITY - Mineral City officials have reached an insurance settlement to build a new fire station. Fire Chief Sam Moore says the village and Ohio Plan Risk Management Insurance agreed to a $1.15 million new building with upgrades to meet current codes. Moore says the facility will be more convenient than the previous station, which was destroyed by a July tornado. Moore says currently department trucks are housed in Zoarville and Sandy Township but he says a temporary pole barn should be complete soon. Moore says the $60,000 structure will serve a second purpose in a few months by becoming the new village garage. Moore says construction on the new fire station should begin in March, by Canton’s Eckinger Company, with completion set for June 2014.
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY FINISHES DEER SEASON SECOND
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Another week-long deer-gun season has wrapped up in Ohio with Tuscarawas County finishing near the top again. Wildlife Officer Wade Dunlap says Tuscarawas County hunters checked in the second most deer at 2,656, trailing only Coshocton County by almost 60 deer during the season that ended Sunday. Dunlap says that is a drop of about 200 deer from last year, which he feels is a sign that Ohio is lowering its overall deer population as intended. Hunters took just over 77,000 deer statewide last week, a decline of about 11-percent from 2012. Dunlap says hunters are also encouraged to donate any unused meat to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program again, where it ends up going to local food banks.
NEW FUNDS AVAILABLE TO GROW LOCAL TECH INDUSTRY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A new charitable corporation that focuses on developing the local science and technology community is getting assistance for its cause. Tuscarawas Sci Tech Corp President Dr. Gregg Andrews says the organization has received a $50,000 grant from AEP Ohio’s Economic Diversity and Growth Enhancement Fund. Andrews says this grant will allow the organization to create a seed and start up fund to help entrepreneurs and high tech businesses locating in the county.
COMMUNITY MOURNS PHILANTHROPIST
NEW PHILADELPHIA – The community will have a chance to pay respects to the surviving family members of a long time area philanthropist later this week. Attorney Dick Stephenson, 80, died Friday. He was an advocate for the poor in founding the area’s Legal Services Association as well as a strong supporter for the New Philadelphia Schools, New Philadelphia Youth Center and Tuscarawas County YMCA. Stephenson was also a member of several civic organizations. Calling hours are set for Wednesday from 6-9 PM at the Geib Funeral Center in Dover.
COUNTY WATER RATES TO RISE
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY – Metropolitan Water and Sewer District customers could see higher bills by February. Director Mike Jones is proposing $9 more for water and $4 more for sewer. He says the increase would cover the rising sewer budget and provide for emergency needs. He says the hike would also prevent larger rate hikes in the future. Jones says he anticipates county commissioners approving the new rates by the end of this year.
VILLAGE TO STUDY HOTEL DEAL
DENNISON - Village officials say they are preparing to move ahead with a $7,000 feasibility study to determine if another hotel is needed. Mayor Tim Still says Cobblestone Hotels is looking at a site that is partly in Dennison and partly inside Union Twp. so the land would need annexed into the village first. But he says the hotel will cater more to tourism than oil and gas workers, and feasibility study funding would be reimbursed by the hotel if the project fails.