Michele Spring Reporting:

(Friday, September 14, 2018) Newcomerstown, Ohio – The Village of Newcomerstown was recently awarded a grant from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to purchase equipment designed to reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

Newcomerstown Fiscal Officer Lisa Stiteler said the Village received $9,904.99 that will be used to purchase two machines that will help multiple departments.

“The total project cost was $13,206. We are responsible for 25% of the grant. It’s for one concrete buggy and one sod cutter. These two pieces of equipment will be primarily used in the cemetery department but also in the street department as well.”

The $3,300 the Village is responsible for will come out of the general fund, rather than the cemetery fund.

“We do have a cemetery fund but it is supported greatly by the general fund and this was not something that was budgeted for last year when we did the budget for the cemetery fund. And we had some capital dollars left over in the general fund and we just agreed to go ahead and pay the expense from the general fund.”

The Safety Intervention Grant program matches an employer’s investment up to a maximum of $40,000 and Stiteler said they are able to apply next year for another grant if needed.

The BWC awarded over forty Ohio employers $1.1 million worth of grants.

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