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Village Proposes Food Truck Amendment

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A zoning code amendment proposal that would allow a food truck court in New Concord was approved by the Village Council Planning Commission on August 24.

According to the amendment, “mobile retail eating establishments” must be contained on an off-street lot, and must have 4,000 square feet of space to operate.

New Concord Village Administrator, Charlotte Colley, said the plans would have to reflect the interest shown in the survey and fit the character of the community.

“It’ll still be a process. It’s not something that’s going to happen right away,” said Colley. “It’s something that’s going to be lasting, that’s not going to be here for a couple months and then leave.”

The amendment must be read three times at Village Council before it can become permanent. If there are no major issues after the readings it may be placed into effect as early as November.

The amendment comes just months after a community survey was taken on the opinions of Smokin’ Burrito Joe’s, the first food truck in New Concord. Colley said over 50 percent of the population responded to the survey.

“Looking at the results, [the survey] was overwhelmingly positive,” said Colley. “Folks liked it. They liked the idea of having something different and new in the community.”

The feedback from the community survey resulted in the Zoning Code Amendment proposal.

The amendment would allow Smokin’ Burrito Joe’s to become a permanent location in the village. A site plan would need developed and taken to the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board for revision.

Smokin’ Burrito Joe’s is still considered a temporary business and will continue to be open during the process.

For more information on the community survey and Zoning Code amendment, visit newconcord-oh.gov.

New Concord Annexes Cemetery and Hires Police Officers

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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.