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  • Hartville council denies raises for two employees

  • Two Street Department employees were denied an upgrade in pay scale by Mayor Richard Currie during the Hartville Village Council's January meeting.
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  • Two Street Department employees were denied an upgrade in pay scale by Mayor Richard Currie during the Hartville Village Council's January meeting.
    Road Superintendent Nate Miller addressed council and Currie about a pay increase for Street Department employees Bill Eickleberry and Ray Wittensoldner. Eickleberry recently passed his six-month probationary period, and Miller explained that Eickleberry is at the lowest pay rate. Miller asked that Eickleberry be moved to the next level of pay. Miller also asked that Wittensoldner, who has worked for the department for nine years, be moved to the top pay scale.
    "The department at this time only has three full-time people working, and we used to have four full-time people," Miller said. "In order for that to work, all of us have to give our all, and these gentlemen have done that."
    Currie denied the request, saying "I don't think it is appropriate at this time. Due to the fact that council just awarded a 2 percent cost of living increase at the first of the year." Currie added the denial was not a reflection on their job performance.
    Other action
    - The Town Hall clock tower no longer works. Fiscal Officer Scott Varney said the company that installed the clock will not repair the control panel because it is outdated. Council told Varney to get cost estimates for replacement for council to review.
    - Engineer Rob Graham said he will meet with the Ohio Department of Transportation to discuss plans for the state Route 619 widening project and possible sidewalks along 619 on the south side to Market Street.
    - Jeff Eckhardt submitted his resignation from the police department, effective Feb. 14. A full-time officer, Eickhardt is going to work in the private sector. He will remain on the force as an unpaid auxiliary officer.
    - Council approved Michael Lembke to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a three-year term.
    - Council approved Steve Nestor to the Board of Nuisance Abatement for a three-year term.
    - Council's Finance Committee will meet Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss ways to increase revenue for the general fund. Currie asked that the committee have suggestions for the whole council to consider by the end of February.
    - Council's Personnel Committee will meet Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. to discuss personnel compensation time.
    - Council's Safety Committee will meet Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. to discuss false alarms at commercial buildings and lowering the speed limit on Market Avenue from 40 mph to 35 mph.

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