Documenters: Garrettsville Village Council meeting for Feb. 8, 2023

Garrettsville Village Council met on Feb. 8, 2023. Lee Lundblad/The Portager

Documented by Lee Lundblad

Village of Garrettsville 

Village Council Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023

7 p.m.

Council Chambers

8213 High St.

Garrettsville, OH 44231

In attendance

Village Council Meeting

Tom Hardesty – Council President

John Chambers – Council Member

Tara Beatty – Council Member

Mark Brady – Council Member

Chris Knop – Council Member

Rick Patrick – Mayor

Deb Wordell – Assistant Fiscal Officer

Michele Stuck – Solicitor


Sheri Johnson – Council Member

Documenter Summary

Village Council Meeting

Documenter Notes

Village Council Meeting

The documenter missed the following items on the agenda:

  • Approval of minutes from the Jan. 11, 2023 meeting.
  • Review of financial reports and income tax receipts.
  • Acceptance of bills paid.

Mayor Rick Patrick moved on to the legislative portion of the agenda.

ORD 2023–02

First Reading

An ordinance authorizing participation in settlements of national opioid litigation. 

Solicitor Michele Stuck offered that this is a settlement with five new participants. Every time there are new participants, a city or village has to renew the ordinance. Motion to suspend was made and seconded; motion passed unanimously. Motion to accept was made and seconded; motion passed unanimously.

ORD 2023-03

First Reading

An ordinance amending the Village of Garrettsville Employee Handbook relating to mandatory employee training. Council Member Chris Knop explained that this amendment is to add ALICE Training (sometimes known as active-shooter preparedness training) and indicated this change was spurred by the situation which happened recently at Village Hall. Knop said the event shed light on the need to improve training. He thinks it’s a great idea and should be included in employee training. Knop made a motion to suspend the rules. It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Stuck asked if everyone was happy with the three-month time requirement she added to the language since she didn’t really have any guidance on this. Knop indicated this is an acceptable amount of time to complete this training. Motion was made to enact the ordinance and seconded. Motion passed.

ORD 2023-04

First Reading

An ordinance authorizing all actions necessary to accept Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) 2023 Energized Community Grants and declaring an emergency. Seeing no comments, Patrick requested a motion to suspend, which was made and seconded. Motion unanimously passed. Motion to enact was made and seconded. Motion unanimously passed.

Portage County District Library Electric/Gas Bill Reimbursement

We have done this every year, and this year it is $5,184.72. Motion to pay this bill made and seconded. Motion unanimously passed.

Public Comments

No public comments.


Chris Knop: no comments.

Council President Thomas Hardesty let the council know he is continuing to work on the pickleball court project, which will be installed across from the library. Regarding the site, the fence posts look real good; however, some fencing may need to be replaced. There are a few cracks in the existing drive that would have to be repaired much like the way roads are repaired. He believes a topping for the court, like a fiberized mix used for roads, would cost approximately $15,000. A total of $50,000 was allocated for the project. Hardesty is awaiting estimates for the drainage project. He projects he will have these by the next village meeting. 

Council Member John Chambers: No comment.

Michele Stuck: No comment.

Assistant Fiscal Officer Deb Wordell: No comment.

Council Member Tara Beatty asked, “Who sets the garage sale dates?” Patrick responded that the Chamber of Commerce sets that date. A quick discussion ensued on the possible dates and whether or not it would be scheduled before or after Mother’s Day.

Council Member Mark Brady had two questions from residents. The first was, “When will lines be painted on Liberty Street?” Patrick indicated there are no plans to paint lines on that street. The second question was regarding the charging station and what is the holdup with getting it up and running? Patrick responded that it should be working by this Friday.

Knop asked Patrick if he knew what the village’s vehicles went for in the recent auction. Patrick responded that the big dump truck went for $5,000, and the smaller service truck brought in $2,200.

Patrick requested a motion to adjourn, which was seconded and passed unanimously.

Lee Lundblad
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