HARTVILLE  Voters will see a .40 percent income tax increase request on the November ballot, following village council’s passage of two pieces of legislation July 19.

Both pieces of legislation were required to place the income tax increase, for "general municipal purposes," before voters.

Councilwoman Bev Green voted no on both pieces of legislation. 

"I just think there are other ways to get the money," she said following the vote.

Utility pole proposal met with opposition

Kevin Brecht, a representative from Costa Mesa, California-based Mobilitie, presented a request to install a 120-foot broadband pole in a right-of-way on W. Maple Street at the village center. 

Village solicitor, Ron Starkey, pointed out that affected adjacent property owners were unanimously against the pole being located in the suggested spot, and that the proposal may place it too near the roadway.

Village Zoning Inspector Ray Bednardczyk said the pole was in violation of village zoning regulations and a variance from the board of zoning appeals would be needed.

However, as a public utility, Mobilitie presented its proposal directly to council, which is required by the Ohio Revised Code to respond within 60 days. 

Council voted unanimously to deny the request and suggested to Brecht that his company resubmit a proposal that includes financial and bonding information on the company, as well as other possible locations for the broadband pole.

Township tap-in in request conquers first hurdle

Council approved legislation to enter into an agreement with a Lake Township resident to provide sanitary sewer service to a property at 11532 Geib Ave. N.E., at a rate twice that of village residents.

The property owner still must be granted legal permission to install the sanitary line, including obtaining permission from adjoining landowners.

Green and Councilman Jim Sullivan voted against the legislation and a motion to pass the legislation as an emergency failed. The resolution will take effect in 30 days.

Medical marijuana blow back

Following the June 8 passage of HB 523, legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, Bednardczyk encouraged council to consider drafting legislation regulating or banning growers and dispensaries in the village.

Brian’s Park to change hands

Following an executive session, board members unanimously voted to allow Starkey to enter into discussions with the Lake Local Schools Board of Education for the transfer of Brian’s Park to the school board.

Starkey said the village wants to ensure that the property remains a park and that its name be preserved.