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Hartville Council approves purchase of new police vehicle.

Brian Lisik
Suburbanite correspondent

HARTVILLE Village Council authorized the purchase of a new Ford Explorer police vehicle at its July 7 regular meeting.

Mayor Cynthia Billings said the estimated $48,000 expenditure, including equipment and decals, for the new Explorer had been budgeted for in 2020, as part of the police department’s regular rotation of cruiser replacements. The purchase has been delayed, however, due to budgetary concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councilman and safety committee chairman, Jeff Miller, said the purchase would replace a 2015 Explorer with approximately 90,000 miles. The retired cruiser is expected to be listed for sale on govdeals.com.

Councilman Jeff Kozy suggested delaying the purchase of the new vehicle until Council has a better idea of how much the village can expect to make on the sale of the retired vehicle. Councilwoman Bev Green agreed with Kozy, adding that she would also like to see how much the 2015 vehicle is costing the village in maintenance.

Fiscal Officer Scott Varney pointed out that the vehicle the village orders now will likely not arrive until spring 2021.

Council voted 5-1 in favor of ordering the vehicle, with Green voting no.

Miller also updated council members on the police department’s new K9, to replaced retired police dog, Bill Stanios.

Miller said that following two biting incidents, the Hartville Police Department has “invoked the warranty clause” in its contract and returned the dog to the breeder.

Miller said that a second replacement dog has been selected by the department and is currently in training.

In other action, council:

• Approved updates to the village zoning book

• Tabled legislation to give village employees a 2.54 percent cost of living wage increase until more information about the economic impact on the village from the COVID-19 pandemic can be obtained. The proposed salary and wage ordinance also freezes the salaries of elected officials through the duration of their current terms in office.