Garrettsville – After a review of Revenue, Cash Balance, and Income Tax Reports it was noted that according to existing records, there are approximately 400 ‘non-filers’ in the village for 2015 income taxes.  Income Tax Clerk Valerie McCullough stated that some on the list may have moved and she would be sorting and verifying who really still needed to file.  She also commented that she had received several filed forms without payments so she would be contacting those residents as well.

Next on the night’s agenda council approved the appointment of Chris Perme to the income tax review board.

In other business was the second reading of proposed Resolution 2016-12 which would allow the mayor and clerk-treasurer to enter into an agreement with the Village of Mantua for dispatch services for Garrettsville’s police department.  At this time, negotiations are still ongoing and numbers have not been finalized.  GFN Fire Department and Community EMS are still waiting for their boards to meet to discuss final options as well.  Chief Sanchez of Community EMS stated that the board would be meeting in the next week and he hoped he would have a determination of the direction the department was going for dispatch services after that meeting.

Council passed Resolution 2016-11 authorizing the adoption of the Portage Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The plan had been discussed at last month’s meeting and council had decided to wait so that had time to review the plan thoroughly before adoption.  Council also passed Resolution 2016-13, authorizing Arcadis US Inc to provide bidding phase service for  Liberty Street/Silica Road drainage improvements, Resolution 2016-14 Consent Legislation from ODOT for scheduled repaving of State Route 88 (somewhere around 2020) and Resolution2016-15, the salt contract for 2017 from ODOT.

Some of the highlights during round table discussion: The successful ongoing Queen of Hearts game/drawing at Skylanes Bowling and the area charities that have benefitted from the 50/50 drawings including Garrettsville’s K-9 unit, paperwork for the Community Reinvestment Area Program, Ongoing search for names for the Veterans’ Memorial and those that have been received, A priority list for repairs and maintenance for the village parks, North Street sidewalk flooding problem and how to resolve, Cruise Night on Memorial Day Weekend, as well as the Community EMS parade & Open House, and “Thank you” to the village clerk for sending out the evening’s packet information to all council members digitally.

If you’d like to know more of what is happening in your community, attend a meeting.  The next regular Village Council meeting is scheduled for June 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.