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The Suburbanite
  • Former Hartville mayor seeks ballot issue

  • Former Mayor Beverly Green presented an initiative petition to the Hartville Village Council and Fiscal Officer Scott Varney at the June 4 council meeting. Green was seeking Varney’s signature for validation and planned to circulate the petition which would call for amending the current income tax ordinance.

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  • Former Mayor Beverly Green presented an initiative petition to the Hartville Village Council and Fiscal Officer Scott Varney at the June 4 council meeting. Green was seeking Varney’s signature for validation and planned to circulate the petition which would call for amending the current income tax ordinance.
    “I feel the people in the Village should have a choice,” Green said. “In my opinion, if there is a tax issue, it should be brought to the people.”
    Council, in August 2012, eliminated a 1 percent tax credit that was previously given to residents who live in Hartville but work outside of the Village. The tax credit elimination took effect Jan. 1.
    Green needs 102 signatures for the petition to be validated by the Stark County Board of Elections. She has six volunteers who are helping her gather the signatures and she hopes to have the required signatures by July. If enough signatures are collected and validated, the petition would become a ballot issue that voters would face in November.
    In other business June 4, council:
    •  Considered allowing residents to keep as many as six chickens in areas deemed non-agricultural. Additionally, council is considering an ordinance that would require an enclosed chicken coup of eighteen square feet to house the chickens. The coup would be required to be at least 50 feet from residences and 20 feet away from property lines. Residents would be required to pay a permit fee for the chicken coup. The council is still reviewing the ordinance and is expected to vote on the ordinance within four weeks.
    • Learned more about the“Community Shred” event set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20 in the parking lot at the Hartville Center on West Maple Street. Village residents may bring confidential papers for shredding by Weaver SecurShred. The shred event is free, but Mayor Richard Currie is asking for canned food donations for the local food cupboard.      
    • Went into executive session with  Currie, Solicitor Ron Starkey and Varney to discuss a possible litigation. No action was taken.
    The next Village Council meeting is at 7 p.m June 18 at  Village Hall.