HARTVILLE  Village council passed two previously tabled ordinances, one requiring the maintenance of dwellings and other structures, and the other regulating the parking and storage of vehicles and trailers.

Upon the recommendation of council, village solicitor Ron Starkey made two changes to language in the originally proposed building maintenance; the first eliminating a section listing areas of possible non-compliance that would be found inside a dwelling, and the other requiring the village zoning inspector to consult with the building inspector, fire or police chief and county board of health when determining if a dwelling is uninhabitable.

Councilwoman Bev Green suggested, and council approved, that the first offense fine in the ordinance addressing the parking and storage of trailers be increased from $50 to $100, with second and subsequent offenses being fined the full $150 allowed by law.

Councilman Jim Sullivan said the goal of this ordinance was to regulate parking in public right-of-ways and the storing of commercial vehicles on residential properties.

Dispatching contract approved

Council approved a one-year renewal of its police dispatching services by the Stark County Sheriff’s office, from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017. Fiscal officer Scott Varney said the new contract, at $1,760 per month, is a 2.8 percent increase from the village’s current dispatching service contract with the Sheriff.

Street paving projects begin early

In an effort to receive early, and hopefully more competitively priced construction bids for 2017 road paving, Council passed an ordinance directing village engineer Rob Graham to advertise and solicit bids for street repaving in the village.

In his report to council, Graham said that with the ordinance approval, he plans to advertise for bids for repaving of Woodland Street in the Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 issues of the Suburbanite and open bids at 11 a.m. Feb. 7.   

Sullivan and Green questioned why the Suburbanite was selected as the publication for advertising the bids, suggesting instead that the advertising be placed in the Hartville News, to support a local business. Starkey said the Suburbanite fulfills the village’s legal obligation to advertise for bids and Councilwoman Kelly Ries pointed out that the Suburbanite has a larger circulation than the Hartville News.

Sullivan asked Graham if he normally receives bids from companies that see the bids advertised in the newspaper and Graham said he does not.

The legislation was passed on first reading, by emergency, in order to take effect immediately. Sullivan and Green voted against the legislation, though Sullivan noted that "no matter how much I object to the advertising part of it, I think it’s important to get out these bids."

New cleaning crew

Council approved legislation accepting the resignation of cleaning service, IntegriServ Cleaning Services and to enter into a cleaning contract with Carol Brown.

In October, Council had approved the agreement with IntegriServ for cleaning services at village hall for the remainder of 2016, after terminating its contract with a previous cleaning company, which was set to expire at the end of 2016, due to unsatisfactory work, according to Mayor Cynthia Billings.