HARTVILLE As Beacon Hill Development awaits final approvals related to its purchase of property on Wales Drive in the village industrial park, village council approved a pre-occupancy agreement with the developer, in part to cover the village against future litigation.
Beacon Hill Development plans to lease its property to Akron-based Heritage Truck Equipment, a move that is expected to bring an estimated 75 to 100 jobs to the village. Village Solicitor Ron Starkey explained that the purchase was expected to close by Oct. 1, but items like wetlands approvals, acceptance of the final plat and a proposed zoning change have moved the estimated close to mid-October, pending the approvals.
The occupancy agreement, Starkey said, allows Beacon Hill onto the land to begin infrastructure improvements and also protects the village against future attempts by the purchaser to hold the village responsible for the cost of those improvements, should the purchase not go through.
Council approved ending Police Lt. Kevin Moore six-month probationary period.
Mayor Cynthia Billings said Police Chief Larry Dordea’s probationary evaluation of Moore was “very good,” adding that Moore has helped the village greatly thus far, particularly with computer system related issues.
Money comes back
Council members also approved three resolutions authorizing the repayment of excess funds into the general fund. The amounts included $5,000 from the West Maple Street Corridor fund, $2,340 from the Bullet Proof Vest fund, and $127,151 from the OPWC Woodland Street Repaving Fund.
The latter project, Fiscal Officer Scott Varney noted, cost the village $89,588 and represented “a lot of paving for that amount.”
Request for building to get more discussion
A request by Street Commissioner Nate Miller to allow the expenditure of $9,000 from a budgeted $13,000 building fund was moved to the streets and drainage committee for review.
The 35-by-60-foot Clear Span building – a frame with a fabric covering – would be used to stock various block, brick and metal items being stored outside the street department garages at 455 Wales Drive.
Miller proposed spending the $9,000 this year to construct a concrete floor and budgeting $16,000 next year for the building construction.
Councilperson Bev Green said she was concerned with the proposal from a financial standpoint.
“You are talking about spending the money for something that it wasn’t budgeted for,” Green said.
Councilman Jim Sullivan said his concerns were not so much financial, but whether or not the proposed building will meet with village zoning requirements. He suggested village Building Official Tom Erb be asked to attend the streets and drainage meeting.
Miller agreed that this would be a good idea.