HARTVILLE At its first meeting of the year, village council named its council officers for 2020.
Two councilpersons, current council president Kelly Ries and former council president Jim Sullivan, were nominated for council president.
Sullivan was nominated by Councilwoman Bev Green, who expressed concern that council members were not receiving proposed legislation in a timely manner before meetings. Green indicated that a new council president was needed to ensure that the mandated deadline is met.
Mayor Cynthia Billings said that while it is required by village ordinance that council members be provided legislation by the Wednesday before each Tuesday meeting, that deadline has arbitrarily been extended to Fridays due to the amount of legislation.
“It is still getting there in a timely manner,” Billings said.
Ries was nominated by Councilman Jeff Miller and also received a written endorsement from Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams, who was absent from the meeting on maternity leave.
Following the discussion, Sullivan was elected president by a 3-1 vote, with Miller voting no.
Council also approved mayoral appoints of board of public affairs members David Tessmer and Shari Chambers; Zoning Inspector, Ray Bednarczyk; Building and Sewer Inspector, Tom Erb; and Electrical Inspector, Todd Allen.
Council members approved:
• A rezoning application by property owner Hartville Homes Foundation to change 910 Sunnyside Street from M-1 to B-2 zoning.
• An amendment to the village employee wages and salary ordinance to issue police uniform allowances by purchase order and not through payroll, which made the allowance subject to income tax. The amendment does not change the amount of the uniform allowance.
• The sale of obsolete village property by internet auction in 2020.
• The repayment of funds from the bullet proof vest fund to the general fund following the receipt of a $6,787 grant.
• The repayment of funds related to the Market Avenue sewer project from the Market Avenue Fund to the general fund.