HARTVILLE  Council members passed an ordinance amendment, creating two additional pay grades for the position of seasonal streets department employee. The current salary is $10.82 per hour for the position, from April through November. The amendment creates an $11.50 per hour and a $12.50 per hour level, based upon seniority and experience.

Street Commissioner Nate Miller requested that the ordinance, which had given the standard three readings before council, be passed by emergency, allowing it to go into effect immediately upon passage.

"This affects the part-timers," Miller said. "Our seasonal employee has been here for seven years and hasn’t gotten a performance raise. I’d hate for him to have to wait another month. If someone was full-time, it would be different."

Council members Bev Green and Jim Sullivan expressed reservations with passing a salary related ordinance by emergency may give the impression that council was "pushing it through," in Sullivan’s words. 

Sullivan ultimately voted to pass the ordinance by emergency. Green was the lone no vote, and Councilwoman Kelly Ries was not in attendance.

Village website contract approved

Council approved a $2,500 contract with RMS Media to complete village website upgrades.

At the March 21 council meeting, Mayor Cynthia Billings presented council members with quotes from three companies to rebuild the site, which she described as very outdated. Cost estimates for the upgrades ranged between $2,550 and $8,000.

Safety committee update

Councilman and safety committee chair Ed Beverage said that at the committee’s most recent meeting April 11, the committee discussed the new police K-9 unit as well as a proposal to expand the police department building.

Beverage said safety and space are at issue and the committee felt putting a levy before voters may be possible. "But we are at the very beginning stages," he said.

Wetlands maintenance costs

Council is considering granting the Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition an $11,850 perpetual easement on seven acres of village-owned wetlands in the village industrial park that is currently being maintained for the village by environmental consultants, EnviroScience, at a cost to the village of roughly $3,600 per year.

Other discussions

Council members approved a motion by Billings to apply for a recycling grant through the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste District. The grant amount, Billings said, would be based upon the amount of recycling in the village.

Council members also discussed the seating of a three-member income-tax review board, to be appointed by the mayor and council. Members of the review board, one of which is appointed by the mayor and two by village council, need not be residents of the village, Billings said.