Minerva receives lease offer from Chesapeake

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By DENISE R. FREELAND

News Leader Staff Writer

Minerva Village Administrator David Harp reported at council's meeting Aug. 9 that he received an offer from Chesapeake Energy to lease the gas rights on the village's approximately 71 acres in Carroll County.

Chesapeake offered the village $3,500 per acre, with 17.5 percent royalties, Harp said. "It's something I think we should seriously think about and look at."

Council voted to approve the county budget for fiscal year 2012, representing $6,807,000. Amounts budgeted for major funds include the General Fund, $1,947,000; Street, $601,000; Capital Improvement, $775,000; Water, $363,500; Sewer, $463,000; Self-Insurance, $452,000; and Income Tax, $1,820,000.

Harp noted the village will see a 50-percent cut in local-government funds next year, amounting to a loss of $52,000. The personal-property tax is gone, he said, and interest income has leveled off, although it has been on a "downward slide" in recent years.

"We'll still, in the general fund, end up having some fixed expenditures that will exceed revenues, but we have carryovers that will take care of us for a little bit and hopefully some things will change and we'll turn the corner," Harp said.

Dave Viola announced that Smith Ambulance of Stark-Summit/Bartley Ambulance's local direct phone number, 330-868-4114, has not changed and area residents can call that number or 911 for ambulance service.

He explained a magnet stuck to recently distributed Minerva telephone books was an advertisement for Emergency Medical Transport, and listed a Cadiz number, as well as an 868 phone number.

Viola also reminded residents, when calling for an ambulance, to be very specific about addresses and directions, and to provide a call-back number and information about county, township and landmarks. He also stressed the importance of having house numbers on both sides of mailboxes.

Council heard the first reading of an ordinance approving a zoning change classification from B1-retail business to B2-commercial, involving a 2.21-acre tract of land owned by Albert Yoder, the Caps Grocery plaza. Harp explained this will allow a paint and body shop to open in the plaza.

Council also passed a motion to hold the required public hearing on the zoning change on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.

Members of council discussed how to get the burned-out mobile home removed from the trailer park across from McDonald's. Harp said it may have to be condemned and asked Law Director Clark Battista to find out who holds its title.

In other business, council:

* HEARD Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Arrasmith announce he is looking for donations of Roxy Theater movie posters and other memorabilia.

* HEARD Councilman John Shipman announce the Dog Days celebration will be Saturday, Aug. 20.

* HEARD Service Director Steve Jackson report three new pieces of playground equipment are being installed in Bicentennial Park.

* APPROVED the third reading of an ordinance authorizing Harp to advertise for bids for construction of the water-treatment plant chlorine room addition. Council also passed a motion to waive the 30-day waiting period, enabling Harp to advertise for bids immediately.

* HEARD the second reading of an ordinance authorizing recovery of demolition costs for 104 Short St. by certification of total costs to the Stark County auditor to be placed on the tax duplicate.

* HEARD the second reading of a resolution declaring the official intent and reasonable expectation of the village of Minerva to reimburse its capital-improvement fund for the Jackson Street storm sewer/road reconstruction project.

* APPOINTED Shipman as council's representative to the proposed joint fire district board of trustees. Mayor James Waller and councilmen Phil Davison and Gary Ruff voted in favor of the appointment, while Councilwoman Billie Rowe voted against it. Shipman abstained.

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