HARTVILLE  Village Council members awarded its Woodland repaving contract to Canton-based Central Allied Enterprises following the company’s base bid of $254,240 and alternate bid of $329,503.

Council members approved the alternate bid, which will include the repaving of Tonawanda Trail, Seneca Trail and Wagler Avenue, in addition to Woodland, Lynnview, and Billman streets, and Parkwood Avenue. 

Village Engineer Rob Graham said the village can also make a change order of up to 10 percent, which could allow for additional streets to be paved this year.

Finance committee chairman Jim Sullivan said that, following conversations with village Street Commissioner Nate Miller, the committee suggested taking Wagler Avenue off the alternate list and adding Menlo Park Street and the Crestmont Avenue cul-de-sac instead. Graham is expected to review these suggestions and present his findings to council at a later date. 

Councilwoman steps down

Council members accepted the Feb. 7 resignation of Councilwoman Sheila Stewart, reportedly for personal reasons.

Council must now fill the vacant seat by March 7. Mayor Cynthia Billings said she would provide council members with the list of applicants the village received upon the resignation of Councilman Jon Caiazza in November 2016.

Income tax revenue up in 2016

In her report to council, Billings noted a 22 percent increase in village income tax collections in 2016 from those collected in 2015.

The village collected a total of $1,282,030.55 in withholding, business, and individual taxes, compared to $1,053,815.06 in 2015.

Village Solicitor Ron Starkey attributed the increased revenues to a number of areas, including an improved overall economy, more businesses and employees in the village, increased salaries, and "tighter collection efforts in the tax department."

Lake Schools’ building project contract amended

Council members also passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Lake Board of Education releasing the district of village bond requirements during the second phase of the Lake elementary and high school building construction projects.

The bonding is not necessary, Starkey said, since the projects already have oversight by the Ohio School Facilities Commission.  The village took the same action prior to the first phase of the building projects.

Farmland lease approved

Council members passed a resolution allowing the village and the Stark County Improvement Corporation to enter into a farmland lease agreement with Timothy Royer, for 17 acres of property in the village industrial park.

Glass payment authorized

Council also authorized the village to pay Bonfert Glass Company $3,790 for the installation of safety glass in the clerk of court’s office.

Fiscal Officer Scott Varney explained that the payment required council approval since it was more than $3,000.