Lake Township Trustees approved an annexation agreement for 48.773 acres between the Lake Local Schools Board of Education and the Village of Hartville.

During their regular meeting Sept. 23, the trustees approved an annexation agreement for 48.773 acres between the Lake Local Schools Board of Education and the Village of Hartville. Trustees had tabled the resolution at their Aug. 26 meeting.

“Approving this agreement is a not a green light for a mass annexation,” Trustee John Arnold said. “For the businesses and the residents in surrounding areas that are worried about annexation, there will be an opportunity for us to discuss and negotiate with (Hartville).”

The property to be annexed includes the Lake High School campus as well as branches of the Stark County District Library, YMCA and Mercy Mercy Medical Center. The property is bordered by Market Avenue, Lake Center Street and King Church Avenue.

Lake Township is a third party to the agreement which has been reached between the school district and Hartville.

Hartville has agreed to maintain the roads in the annexed area for snow and ice removal, paving, road repair and signage.

Lake Township doesn’t make any money on the annexation and does not collect real estate taxes in the area. Arnold noted that the annexation of the area does reduce the township’s liability.

“Part of the negotiations the township has had with the village is that, if they contemplate annexing additional areas, the township and village will enter into good faith negotiations to discuss it so that there won’t be any hidden agendas and it will be a cooperative agreement,” Arnold said.

In other business Sept. 23, trustees:

• Approved payroll for Sept. 27 in the amount of $92,859 and payroll for  Sept. 30 for $12,274.

• Approved paying bills in the amount of $857,921. Trustee president, Galen Stoll, said that $784,000 of the amount went to the paving project.

• Heard the Stark County Engineer’s office plans to close Mt. Pleasant west of Market Avenue for 30 days due to culvert replacement.

• Approved purchasing an E55 Bobcat Compact Excavator (iT4) from Bobcat of Canton in an amount not to exceed $53,269.

• Approved three days of training for the new Uniform Accounting Network software for four people. The training comes with the purchase of the software. Room and board for the overnight travel to Columbus Oct. 1 through 4 will be paid by the township.

• Authorized the fiscal officer to certify the amended 2013 Lighting District’s assessment amounts to the county auditor for collection in 2014.

• Announced that the Zoning commission meets 6:30 p.m., Oct. 15 and the Board of Zoning Appeals meets 7 p.m., Oct 17. Both meetings are at Township Hall.

The next trustees meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Township Hall.