HARTVILLE  At its June 20 regular council meeting, village council approved a wetlands mitigation agreement with Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition for Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandated inspections and wetlands maintenance at a 7.9-acre, village owned property known as the Coblenz Farm in the Hartville Industrial Park on State Route 619.

The village has owned the property since 1991, but Mayor Cynthia Billings said it has been spending $3,000 to $4,000 per year for the past two years to comply with EPA regulations such as invasive species control.

"We have to (contract out) for spraying, replanting and a lot of things we should not have to be doing," she said.

Village Solicitor Ron Starkey added that the pending purchaser of the property, Beacon Hill Investments, is also requesting that a wetlands mitigation plan be in place before buying the property from the village.

Per the Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition agreement, the village will pay a one-time fee of $11,840 for the nonprofit conservation group to maintain the wetlands in perpetuity. The contract, however, does not give a specific time frame. Starkey said this could be added as a conditional item.

Trash contract awarded

Council awarded an exclusive, three-year rubbish removal and recycling contract to Kimble Recycling and Disposal at a cost of $12.44 per house, per month for both services.

The bid was .70 per house, per month higher than Kimble’s previous bid, but still less than the $14.05 per house, per month bid from the only other bidder, Republic Services.

Liquor permit transfer

Council also approved a request from Marc’s, 900 W. Maple St., to transfer a liquor permit following a voter-supported measure to allow liquor sales at the store.

Mosquito spraying

Council members approved a contract with the Canton Health Department for mosquito spraying services. 

Billings noted that the fee for the service is increasing this year from $32.80 per mile, to 33.80 per mile.

Rescheduled meeting

Billings also reminded residents that council’s next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 29, with the formerly scheduled July 4 meeting canceled due to the Independence Day holiday.