Members of the Stark County Community Improvement Corp. approved an agreement Thursday with Hartville that allows the board to serve as the village’s agent. The board can now handle real estate transactions on Hartville’s behalf without taking ownership of the property. Hartville’s mayor said the village has prospective buyers for its industrial park.
New tenants soon could be coming to Hartville’s industrial park.
But in order for the village to sell the land to the prospective buyers, it needed help from the Stark County Community Improvement Corp., which is a private, nonprofit group that serves as the economic development arm of county government.
“As a noncharter municipality, state law says we must sell real property by competitive bidding,” Mayor Richard Currie said. “Unless we go through this (CIC).”
On Thursday, Stark CIC members approved an agreement with Hartville that allows the board to serve as the village’s agent. The board can now handle real estate transactions on Hartville’s behalf without taking ownership of the property. Village council approved the agreement Oct. 1.
County Administrator Brant Luther, who is a CIC board member, said records indicate the CIC and Hartville had a similar agreement years ago, but the document never was recorded and cannot be located.
Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton, also a board member, complimented Hartville on reaching out to the county CIC to handle the transactions instead of forming its own improvement corporation.