HARTVILLE  A project expected to bring as many as 100 jobs to Hartville has officially begun, following the Aug. 1 council approval of a sale of three parcels of village-owned property on Wales Drive, in the village's industrial park.

The sale, to CLM Property Group and Beacon Hill Development, was facilitated through the Community Improvement Corporation of Stark County – a quasi-governmental body associated with the Stark County Commissioners to act as an intermediary in site-improvement projects that represent an opportunity for job growth.

Village Solicitor Ron Starkey said the village will receive approximately $20,000 from the sale of the properties, after paying its $1,000-per sale fee to the CIC. Later in the meeting, council amended its annual appropriations to make this expenditure.

Council also upheld a July 26 planning commission recommendation to approve CLM’s plans for a warehousing facility at one of the properties.

Starkey said Beacon Hill Development plans to lease its property to Akron-based Heritage Truck Equipment, which is expected to bring an estimated 75 to 100 jobs to the village.

Parking ban continued

Council also approved an amendment to an ordinance related to its recently passed parking ban on streets in the village that are less than 20 feet wide.

The amendment, enacted to avoid redundancy with the new parking ban, changes language in an earlier ordinance that restricted commercial trailers 30 feet or more in length to parking one hour at a time, for loading purposes. That amendment changes the language to apply to any commercial vehicle 20 feet or longer.