HARTVILLE: The Lake Local Schools complex on Market Avenue officially became part of the village of Hartville on Friday.
Stark County commissioners approved the annexation Nov. 6.
The village, Lake Board of Education and Lake Township trustees all approved the 20-year annexation agreement. It settles a lawsuit that Hartville filed against the schools that forced the annexation because of a sewer agreement signed in 2002.
The complex is composed of Lake High School, Lake Middle School, district offices, Lake Stadium and Athletic Complex, the Lake branch of Stark County District Library, Lake Community YMCA, Mercy Medical Center and the one-room schoolhouse restored by the Lake Township Historical Society.
Lake school employees now are subject to the village’s 1 percent income tax.
Under a revenue-sharing agreement, half of those income taxes collected will be returned to the district for five years, then a quarter for the next five years and 5 percent through the end of the agreement.
Hartville will retain all income tax collected from employees at other buildings.
Lake Township receives no taxes from the complex. It is exempt from property taxes, and the township does not have an income tax.
Hartville will be responsible for road maintenance around the complex; the village already provided fire and EMS coverage.
The village will also be responsible for police services, which had been under the jurisdiction of the Uniontown Police Department. Chief Harold Britt conducted Active Shooter Training in Lake schools, and Uniontown Sgt. Nate Weidman teaches classes in the Legal Studies program.
Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea said he looks for a smooth transition.
“We plan to maintain the same level of service to the schools,” he said.
Dordea said he has appointed Hartville Officer Edgar Beverage as the liaison to the schools.
“We have a good working relationship with both departments, and we anticipate the same level of service at our Lake complex,” Lake Superintendent Jeff Wendorf said.