HARTVILLE In the last meeting before Veterans Day, the village presented former mayor, 17-year village councilman and World War II veteran, Owen Stoll, with the village’s first Hartville Veteran of the Year award.
Mike Ringer, former streets department employee and organizer of the village’s Veterans Day ceremonies, said the award was established to honor and recognize the sacrifice of Hartville residents who have served both the country and the community.
Stoll recognized both the village and his shipmates in his acceptance speech.
"I want to thank everyone who has anything to do with this award," Stoll said. "It is humbling to think of all who have served before, with and after me; even those who serve now. I especially thank my shipmates. Eleven shipmates were severely injured (and) one killed. I owe a great debt to so many people. I hope we never forget."
Hartville Shop With a Cop
Council also passed legislation establishing a Shop With a Cop program in the village.
Councilman Ed Beverage said the village was informed last week that its Shop With a Cop partner agency, the Springfield Police Department, would no longer manage program funds collected by and for Hartville residents.
"They are doing things differently and won’t be putting our money raised aside, so we have to establish our own program," Beverage said, adding that Shop With a Cop raises money each year from residents and businesses to take five selected children shopping with a police officer during the Christmas season.
Council members also approved setting up a bank account for the new program and Fiscal Officer Scott Varney said the fund must be approved by the state auditor and legislation approving the appropriation of funds from the account must still be approved.
Hartville’s Shop With a Cop is scheduled for Dec. 10 this year.
No more parking ban
Council also passed an ordinance officially repealing a prior ordinance establishing parking restrictions on residential streets in the village.
Following a Nov. 2 streets and drainage committee meeting, it was decided that the ordinance will not be re-written, but parking issues will instead be addressed "on an individual basis," Councilwoman Bev Green said.
"We will handle problems on an individual basis instead of us setting a law and putting up signs," she said.
The village has, however, invested more than $2,000 in signage since the now rescinded law was enacted in June. Mayor Cynthia Billings said the village is talking with the vendor about a possible refund for the signs.