HARTVILLE  Council members unanimously accepted the resignation of Councilman Jon Caiazza.

Councilman Jim Sullivan said Caiazza announced his resignation Oct. 28, due to the fact that he and his family are moving out of the area. Council has until Nov. 27 to appoint a replacement. 

"In the past, we have pushed this into the personnel committee, so I suggest we do that again," Sullivan said. 

Mayor Cynthia Billings added that the village will also begin advertising the open seat and soliciting resumes from interested parties.

Community Hub presentation

Representatives from Canal Fulton-based marketing company, Community Hub, gave a presentation of its interactive informational kiosks, which the company is installing in a number of surrounding cities.

Community Hub owner Marc Albert said the cloud-based, touch-screen kiosks are installed and initially uploaded with information such as city events calendars, maps and transportation information, and weather and security alerts. The kiosks are then maintained by the village. 

Albert said that the cost of the service is paid entirely by sponsorship, with the village’s only financial obligation being the cost of electricity, which Albert estimated to be between $5 and $20 per month, per unit. 

"What this is, ultimately, is an economic development tool," Albert said, adding that the informational kiosks would be especially beneficial to those who work, but do not live, in the village.

Sullivan said his main concern would be sponsorship from businesses outside the village. Albert assured council members that sponsorships are limited per industry and Hartville businesses would be given the first opportunity for sponsorship. He added that his company’s research has shown that there is enough local business in Hartville to support the kiosks.

Legislation passed

Council members approved two pieces of legislation on first reading – an ordinance revising the village personnel handbook, and a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with attorney Joyce Lamb to service as village magistrate from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017. Billings noted that the "price is exactly the same as last year."

Two ordinances – the first requiring those who receive rental income within the village to file with the administrator, and the other an ordinance outlining procedures for the issuance of permits to control traffic on roadways within the village during construction, repair or maintenance – were both passed on third reading. 

Grant application approved

Council approved a motion for village Engineer Rob Graham to apply for 2017 Stark County Municipal Road Fund dollars – money the village receives back from license plate fees. Graham suggested re-applying for funding toward the Woodland Street repaving project. The village received $30,000 in 2016 for the project but was unable to begin it.  Graham said the village can ask the county commissioners to move that money into 2017 "and we can also apply for (more) 2017 funding."