HARTVILLE  Following former Councilman Dave Hubbell’s resignation in December, Hartville Council is officially on the way to seating his replacement.

Council approved a motion Jan. 16 officially declaring Hubbell’s seat vacant, beginning the process of appointing a candidate to fill the unexpired term.

Hubbell’s resignation was announced Dec. 12 after he accepted a job offer out of state. At that time, Village Solicitor Ron Starkey explained that election rules required council to wait 10 days after Hubbell would have taken office in 2018 before officially advertising the open seat.

"At this point, council has 30 days to replace (Hubbell)," Starkey said at the Jan. 16 meeting.

Council also passed a motion authorizing Mayor Cynthia Billings to advertise the open seat.

Income tax collection

Council also voted to amend an ordinance related to the village’s levying and collection of income tax in order to comply with the state of Ohio’s new business tax collection regulations. Fiscal Officer Scott Varney said that the amendment could be rescinded in the future, given that the state law is currently being contested in court.

Other actions

- Council members approved a two-year contract with the city of Canton to provide legal representation to the village for the prosecution of criminal cases, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018, and expiring Dec. 31, 2019.

- In his report to council, village Engineer Jim Benekos said the planned installation of a back-up generator at the village waste water treatment plant is expected to go out to bid in April, with work on the project starting in May. 

- Benekos also reported that the village is expected to apply for municipal road funds this week for planned repairs to Sunnyside Street in 2019.