HARTVILLE  In its final meeting of 2017 Dec. 19, Village Council approved project engineer CT Consultants plans for the demolition of the Hartville Elementary and Lake Middle School buildings, as part of the school district’s ongoing building expansion and construction project.

Councilman and planning committee chairman Jim Sullivan said demolition of the elementary school building is expected to take place in the fall of 2018, with students already in the newly constructed building.

"They are making sure the demolition will not conflict with bus schedules or cause traffic or any other problems," Sullivan said.

Solicitor Ron Starkey reiterated that the demolition plans were reviewed by the firm GBC, which was hired by the village as a special engineer in order to avoid any conflict of interest with village engineer Jim Benekos, who works for CT Consultants.

Other actions

- Council also unanimously pproved plans for a 3,000 square foot expansion at the 1250 W. Maple St. Aldi store. Sullivan said the project is expected to begin in March 2018 and will require a two-to-three week store closure.

- A conservation easement agreement with the Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition on a 7.5 acre village-owned property in its industrial park was also approved. The property had been previously declared a wetlands area and the new agreement puts Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition in charge of monitoring of the conservation easement, Starkey explained.