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Hartville Council moves discussion of roof and streetlight repairs to finance committee agenda

Brian Lisik
Suburbanite correspondent

HARTVILLE Village Council members continued discussions of needed village hall roof repairs and downtown street light replacements at a July 28 finance committee agenda.

The issues had been moved to the finance committee agenda at the July 21 village council meeting after Mayor Cynthia Billings presented Council with vendor quotes for the roof repairs.

Councilman Jeff Miller said he believed one of the bids, for a steel roof replacement, was a fair offer. Councilwoman Bev Green, however, moved to place the issue on the finance committee agenda, which Miller opposed.

“We need a roof. What are we double checking (in the finance committee)?” Miller said. “We asked for bids and we got bids.”

Council later agreed to move the issue to the finance committee.

Billings also updated Council on “six to nine” streetlights on South Prospect Avenue and East and West Maple streets in urgent need of repair.

“One fell down last week and we first heard a delivery truck knocked it down,” Billings said. “But some (witnesses) reported it just fell down. And it’s not the only one.”

Billings said she was in the process of getting a cost estimate from Ohio Edison to remove and cap the deteriorating streetlights, which she called a “major safety issue.”

Village Solicitor Ron Starkey added that the village may be liable for the cost of removing the streetlights, or any injuries caused by them.

In other action, council:

• Re-tabled an ordinance wage ordinance for village employees and elected officials until current income tax information can be obtained, in light of potential financial impacts of COVID-19.

• Renewed a three-year contract – effective November 2020 through December 2023 - with Interstate Gas Supply to provide electricity to municipal buildings, including the wastewater treatment plant, at a rate of .0469 per kilowatt hour. Fiscal Officer Scott Varney said the village is currently paying .056 kWh.

• Approved revisions to the village personnel handbook