HARTVILLE  Village Council continued discussions Feb. 19 about the proposed contract renewal with village fiscal officer, Varney, Fink and Associates as village fiscal officer. Legislation approving the contract was tabled at the Feb. 5 council meeting.

The contract renewal includes a proposed increase from the previous four-year contract with Varney Fink and Associates. Councilman Jim Sullivan said he feels finances should remain "status quo" with a proposed income tax increase on the May primary ballot.

Mayor Cynthia Billings replied that "we haven’t stayed status quo; everything goes up."

Councilwoman Bev Green suggested the fiscal officer contract be bid out; to demonstrate that Council is doing is managing taxpayer dollars frugally. 

Councilwoman Kelly Ries, however, argued that the $82,407 proposed contract is only $2.483 per year or "$8 per day" more than the village has been paying the firm since 2015.

The first reading of the resolution to approve the contract passed 4-2, with Sullivan and Green voting no. A second reading of the legislation is scheduled for March 5.

Other actions

Council also approved a planning commission recommended rezoning of the former Lake View Golf Course property at 428 E. Maple Street from agricultural to light industrial; authorized the mayor to solicit bids for four 2.5-to-3-acre village-owned properties in the Hartville Industrial Park; and authorized the transfer of funds from the general fund to the street construction maintenance fund for regular operations.