Hartville Village Council
KEY ACTION: Approved two zoning change requests recommended by the village Board of Zoning Appeals at the board’s Jan. 11 meeting.
DISCUSSION: Zoning Inspector Ray Bednarczyk said the first request sought approval to allow mini storage units on the Randolph Tool property, 750 Wales Drive.
Bednarczyk said such a use is conditionally allowed in the current light Industrial zone the property is located in. Council approved the request with Councilwoman Bev Green voting no.
The second request was for a sign variance at 1120 W. Maple St. Bednarczyk said the petitioner, Scott Horning, wants a second business sign on his building that is the same size as the current sign. “Again, this meets all zoning requirements – he is not exceeding the square footage [for signage] he is allowed,” Bednarczyk said.
Elected Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams council president pro tem for 2022. Following Williams’ nomination by Councilwoman Shari Chambers, council vote split 3-3, with Williams, Chambers and Jeffrey Miller voting yes, and Green, Ben Ohler and Bill Muncy voting no. Mayor Cynthia Billings cast the tie-breaker, and Green questioned if the mayor had the power to do so in this instance. Solicitor Ron Starkey said that, in his legal opinion, the mayor does have tie-breaking power as a member of the legislative body.
Approved the village’s annual dispatching contract with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office at $1,991.01 per month, a 6.5% increase over last year.
Approved Billings' appointment of former Councilwoman Kelly Ries to the Board of Public Affairs (BPA) seat vacated by Chambers upon her election to Council to fill the unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2023. The elected three-member BPA oversees operations at the village wastewater treatment plant.
UP NEXT: Meets for its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Village Hall, 202 W. Maple St., and online at www.facebook.com/VillageofHartville.
– Brian Lisik
This article originally appeared on The Repository: Hartville council upholds two Board of Zoning Appeals recommendations