Hartville Council passed an ordinance that defines criminal activities at properties as public nuisances and assesses fines as abatements to those properties as needed.
Two village residents addressed council during its regular session Sept. 3 regarding problems they are having with residents in an apartment complex at 215 High Street.
“We are having all kinds of problems with the tenants, we would like help,” resident Dennis Combs said. “We have called the police probably on average of 10 times a year.”
Combs explained problems at the complex involve drugs, arrests, shots fired from a BB gun, garbage on the property, loud music and continual traffic.
“I am asking each and every one of you for your help,” Combs said. “There has to be something we can do. I don’t care if it’s that the landlord that goes. I’d like to the see the property condemned, it needs to be gone.”
Council did offer help in the form of an ordinance passed as an emergency clause. The ordinance defines criminal activities at properties as public nuisances and assesses fines as abatements to those properties as needed.
“It’s to address properties where municipal services are unnecessarily being required to go out to the same place all of the time,” Village Solicitor Ron Starkey said of the ordinance. “It creates a nuisance board that allows, when you have repeated criminal offenses and other municipal violations, to proceed with a nuisance board … for the cost of addressing repeating offenses at that same property.”
In other business Sept. 3, council:
• Heard from Mayor Richard Currie regarding the village committing to a natural gas aggregation program. Council had several questions so Currie will invite Mark Burns from Independent Energy Consultant to present the program. A definite time has not yet been established for this public discussion.
• Learned that the Hartville Engineering department will open bids for the Sunnyside repaving project at 11 a.m. Sept. 17. The base bid for the project is for repaving Sunnyside from Steffy east to South Prospect. Alternative bids will be sought for repaving Sunnyside from Steffy west Grand Trunk and for the three spot repairs on Woodland. Two grants will help fund the project: OPWC grant for $72,961 and a Muni Road Fund Grant for $10,181.
• Established a finance committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 to discuss the budget. This will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. zoning committee meeting during which a sign ordinance will be discussed.
• An executive session was held to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken after the session ended.