HARTVILLE  Village Council discussed a proposal Oct. 1 from Enertech Electrical that could save as much as $6,000 a year in energy costs.

While Council took no formal action on the offer to install and maintain downtown village street lights, Fiscal Officer Scott Varney outlined the details of the Enertech offer.

Varney explained that the company would install and maintain the village’s 21 downtown street lights and share the energy savings with the village in a 75/25 split. Light poles are not included in the Enertech proposal.

Varney said the village’s 25 percent is estimated to save approximately $6,000 per year.

“We are paying $157 per month now to maintain these lights,” Varney said. “With (the Enertech) lighting, it would be $38 per month.”

He added that it would cost the village approximately $500 per street light to replace the 21 streetlights without purchasing through Enertech. 

Other actions

- Council also approved cost of living increases for village employees, retroactive to July 2019 through July 2020.  The ordinance failed to get enough votes for immediate passage and will take effect in 30 days.

- A village sewer code, which establishes a $50 fine for late reporting of sewer meter readings, was adopted.

- Council amended annual appropriations to allow for the expenditure of $3,288 in Stark- Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District grant funds to purchase a dog waste station, an ADA compliant picnic table, two bicycle racks, and two park signs at Hartville Memorial Park. Each of the items is made of recycled materials and the grant funds are based upon recycling usage within the village.

- A contract with the city of Canton to provide legal representation to the village for prosecution of criminal cases was approved. Mayor Cynthia Billings said the contract mirrors previous contracts with Canton.

- Councilman Jeffrey Miller announced a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Hartville Fire Department, 411 E. Maple Street, to discuss the upcoming 0.5 percent income tax increase on the November 5 ballot.