HARTVILLE  More than 10 Historic Downtown Hartville banners, destroyed during a vandalism spree in August, will be replaced following Village Council’s approval of a motion to purchase new banners, at a cost of $1,372.

Mayor Cynthia Billings explained that the 11 banners, which were cut in half, were part of a vandalism spree in which a 49-year-old Lake Township man damaged churches, businesses and government vehicles in several Stark and Summit County communities. The suspect is now in police custody. 

Councilman Jeff Kozy asked if the village could seek restitution from the suspect in court. The mayor said that Police Chief Larry Dordea does plan to do just that.

"But it won’t happen tomorrow," Billings said. "I would like to get these replaced."

Other updates

The mayor reported that Kent-based DS Architecture is continuing to work with the police department on a feasibility study for a new village police station. In its Sept. 5 meeting, Council contracted with the architectural firm to conduct the study.

Billings also noted that village leaf pickup has begun and will continue through Nov. 30. She reminded residents that leaf piles containing rocks, grass or sticks will not be picked up.

Streets Commissioner Nate Miller commended two street department laborers, Bill Eikelberry and Kevin Schrock, for recently helping an elderly resident on Geib Avenue in Lake Township when the man fell while getting his mail. 

The street workers called 911 and stayed with the man until EMS personnel arrived, Miller said.