HARTVILLE  Village Council removed a resolution from its June 6 agenda proposing that the village accept an agreement with Kimble Recycling and Disposal for residential trash and recycling services for three years, due to an irregularity in the bid.

Village Solicitor Ron Starkey suggested both the bid from Kimble and the only other bid, from the village’s current refuse hauler, Republic Services, be rejected because of the irregularity.

Andrew Kimble, municipal account manager for Kimble, said he believes his company bid properly, based upon the village’s specifications of a "three-year contract with an additional fourth and fifth year, if the village elects to," Kimble said.

Starkey explained that the bid specifications actually require a five-year price commitment, with the village having the option to cancel the contract after three years. 

Council also approved re-wording the specifications in the next round of bids, which were published June 9 and 16, with bids closing at noon June 19.

The newly worded bid specifications reflect a three-year price guarantee, with an option to renew in years four and five, if mutually agreed upon by the village and the refuse hauler.  The new specifications also state that the refuse hauler must give the village a 90 day notice before the end of the third year of the contract indicating any price changes in years four and five of the contract.

Other actions

- Council approved a motion by Councilman Jim Sullivan that authorizes the village to lock in electricity rates with natural gas and electricity supplier, Interstate Gas Supply, at a rate of .0518 per kilowatt hour for 31 months. The new rate is lower than the .0606 kWh the village locked in most recently, in 2011.

- Council also approved an ordinance establishing court costs for village Mayor’s Court. Starkey said this is a change from the village’s former practice of establishing court costs each year as a judgment entry in Mayor’s Court. Council establishing the court costs as an ordinance, Starkey said, is also in line with an increasing number of other municipalities with Mayor’s Courts.

- Council members approved a resolution authorizing Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea to offer terms of employment to a candidate for lieutenant in the police department.

- Council also rescheduled its first regularly scheduled July 4 council meeting to 6 p.m. June 29, due to the July 4 holiday.