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New Concord Annexes Cemetery and Hires Police Officers


New Concord Village Council approved the annexation of the New Concord Cemetery into town limits and control and approved a resolution allowing two new New Concord Police Department officers to be hired during the July New Concord Village Council Meeting.

Council members approved the annexation, which is Ordinance G-7-17-1, in the June Council meeting and the annexation became final July 10.  According to New Concord Village Administrator Charlotte Colley, the plan for New Concord to take over the cemetery started a couple years ago, after the board of the cemetery determined they wanted to dissolve.

The New Concord Cemetery was in both New Concord and Union Township jurisdictions, but with the ordinance, New Concord is fully responsible for the cemetery. The village will continue using contractors already in place to keep up maintenance as well as to dig new plots.

The search for two new NCPD officers is also complete. Rich Sealock started the week of July 10 and Hayden Walpole is starting in August. Both were hired by interim New Concord Police Chief Jeff Dawson and will be present at the next Village Council meeting in August.

The search for a new police chief is currently underway. The village had seven candidates apply and brought four to New Concord for interviews. The decision is currently being made whether to select one applicant, narrow the search down to two, or start the search over with a new pool of applicants.

Village Weathers Storm for Firefighters Festival


The New Concord Fire Department hosted the 58th Annual Firefighters Festival July 7-8.

New Concord Fire Chief Brent Gates said despite the poor weather, he was satisfied with the turnout.

“The rain hurt us a few times but the people come back,” said Gates. “Our crowd was a little sparse Friday evening…but other than that we did fine.”

HB7’s Celebrate New Concord performance was originally canceled early in the evening due to weather until Gates helped convince them to play for those who waited out the rain. The performance was delayed two hours and concluded just before the firework show at 10 p.m.

New Concord held fireworks during the Festival July 7 at 10 p.m. Over $7,000 was raised to put on the show. Photo: Marty Kurtz
New Concord held fireworks during the festival July 7 at 10 p.m. Over $7,000 was raised to put on the show. Photo: Marty Kurtz
Gates said he was also pleased with the support for the Saturday events, adding the Friday events are usually the festival’s biggest. According to Gates, the John Glenn High School track team’s 5K walk/run event on July 8 was “one of the largest” they have ever had.

“Other than [the weather], it was a success,” said Gates. “Great support and we can’t say enough about our community.”

Gates said in June the money raised during the festival goes toward new equipment, such as the John Deere Gator purchased in January 2017.

“There’s some equipment suggestions that we’ve put out there,” said Gates. “Different things that we need that our budget can’t afford at this time to purchase…. Hopefully we can raise some money and purchase one of those items.”

Gates said a final tally on donations won’t be available until next month once all donations are collected and bills are paid.