INSIDE: Bell-Herron students recognized for academic excellence. B-7 THE F REE P RESS CARROLLTON, OHIO 44615, THURSDAY, June 7, 2012 STANDARD Established 1831 3 SECTIONS - 22 PAGES - VOL. 181, NO. 23 SINGLE COPY - $1.00; 1 Year's Subscription $22.50 in Carroll and five adjacent counties; $45.00 in all other Ohio Counties; $55.00 out of Ohio CARROLL COUNTY'S OLDEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER tIhis week nside sports Obey or pay Carrollton landlords forced to give up tenant information to village By Leigh Ann Rutledge FPS Reporter Landlords are now required to turn in a list of all tenants living within the village of Carrollton. Carrollton Council voted 4-2 last Tuesday to approve an ordinance which requires all property owners who rent or lease to tenants of residential, commercial or industrial premises to file with the village Income Tax Administrator, a report showing the name(s) and addresses (and phone num- Carrollton’s April Sisk brought home a sixth place finish in the shot put from the State Track Meet last weekend in Columbus. Page B-1 accent Civil War reenactors set up camp in the backyard of the McCook House last weekend. Page C-1 Good day Dorothy Cooper! Thank you for subscribing to The Free Press Standard Follow us on Facebook like Heather Morgan does! She’s our Facebook Friend this week! Inside Classifieds .................C-3,4 Accent Pages ...............C-1,2 Obituaries ....................A-6 Opinion ........................A-4 Public Notices..........C-2, 3 Public Record..............A-2 Sports ........................B-1,2 School ........................B-7,8 Church.........................A-7 VISIT US ON THE INTERNET AT www.freepressstandard.com ber, if available) of each such tenant who occupies residential, commercial, or industrial premises within the village. According to the ordinance, the list shall include any tenant who has vacated the property in the preceding 12-month period, must include the date vacated and a forwarding address if available. Lists are due on or before July 1 of each year. If the property owner fails to comply, a notification will be sent certified mail requiring compliance within 30 days. The landlord will be sent a subpoena, via certified mail, to appear before the Income Tax Administrator with required documentation (with a hearing scheduled within 14 days of date mailed.) Anyone failing to comply will be fined not more than $100. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation occurs. Anyone who fails to comply and has a previous conviction under this ordinance, shall be fined not more than $500, separate offense committed each day. Councilman Andy Gonda, who along with Wilma Lambert voted no, questioned how the village was going to enforce the ordinance when some leases have one name on them but several people live in the home. Gonda admitted to having mixed feelings about the ordinance and Lambert wondered about confidentiality and violating people’s rights. Ken Joseph, who owns several rental properties throughout the village, told council, “I believe (the ordinance) is unconstitutional, forcing me to give client information to the government.” Joseph said he would have been happy to work with the vil- lage for another option. Mayor Frank Leghart asked Joseph if, by his clients paying their own water bills, wasn’t his problem solved since the village already has their information. Joseph again said he didn’t think it was right to require a private business to turn over a complete client list. Village Solicitor Clark E. Battista said the ordinance allows landlords to help the income tax administrator find people who may be avoiding paying village income tax. See COUNCIL, A-8 Field narrowed to 1o for CV superintendent The field of 26 applicants for the Conotton Valley Union Local School District superintendent position has been narrowed to ten. The board of education will interview the following candidates June 11 and June 13, beginning at 5 p.m. each evening: Debra Haglock of Dover, Larry Elliott of St. Clairsville, Gregory J. Grant of Dennison, Stephen Larcomb of Marion, Adam Pittis of Cadiz, Gregg Reink of North Canton, Brent Ripley of Hopedale, Timothy Sherman of Newcomerstown, Richard Spindler of Chillicothe and Matthew Colvin of Coshocton. The position became vacant with the resignation of Ryan Caldwell, who has accepted a superintendent’s job with the Rolling Hills School District in Guernsey County. Caldwell’s resignation as superintendent/ junior senior high school principal at Conotton Valley, is effective July 31. Kevin Spears, superintendent of the East Central Ohio Education Service Center at New Philadelphia, is coordinating the search. Other applicants included: Kathyrn Anderson of Barnsville, Donald Armstrong of Jackson, George Beattie, assistant superintendent at Edison Local; Frederick Boring of Thornville, John Gaspanik of Alliance, Quinn Haas of Ashland, Jerry Herman of Gnadenhutten, James Jones of Ashland, Tony Meinerding of Greenville, Matthew Nicholas of East Rochester, James Patsey of Masury, Timothy Pingle of North Canton, Kenneth Schmiesing of Sandusky, John Stanley, retired business manager, no address; David Watson, Director of Adult and Commercial Education Sturgis, no address, and Loyal Wilson of Cambridge. Young tractor puller Ten-year-old Austin McIntire of Amsterdam focuses on the track ahead and pushes the clutch forward on his John Deere B tractor during the Relay for Life Tractor Pull Saturday at Kilgore. McIntire, the son of Jason and Jackie McIntire, was competing in the 4,500-pound class. His first tractor pull was at the Carroll County Fair in 2011, where he proudly says, he beat his dad! County Farm Service Agency office closing After years of struggling to keep its Farm Service Agency office open, Carroll County producers have lost their battle. It was announced last week that USDA Secretary Thomas A. Vilsack has approved the closure of five Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices in Ohio, including Carroll County. He said the process will begin immediately. Others on the list are Clark, Meigs, Montgomery and Perry counties. State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency Steve Maurer said after the required notifications have been provided to producers, FSA employees and office landlords, closure dates will be established and made publicly available. He told The Free Press Standard today each producer in the county who utilizes USDA programs through the office must also be contacted and given the opportunity to select the office they want to become associated with. He also noted the agency has a “90-day out clause” with the landlord (Carrollton Farmers Exchange) at the N. High St. office location. “It may not take that long to wrap things up,” he noted. Last month, David Baird, county executive director, announced a reduction in hours at the Carroll County office due to the lack of employees. The office does not have any permanent full-time employees due to a retirement and an employee who accepted an opportunity to enroll in the county executive director training program. The only full-time employee in the office was not considered permanent and has accepted employment with another county farm agency. See CLOSING, A-8 Community shows support for two Conotton Valley coaches; board rehires one By Carol McIntire Editor Supporters of two Conotton Valley basketball coaches got half of what they wanted from the Board of Education Wednesday evening. About 40 students, parents and district residents showed their support for the rehiring of Boys Basketball Coach Mike Fierbaugh and Girls Coach Craig Moore prior to a special meeting of the board of education Wednesday evening. Student athletes carried signs proclaiming their support for both coaches outside the school prior to the session, which had to be moved from the library to the cafeteria to accommodate the crowd. Six supporters of the coaches voiced support to the school board including Kevin Love of Sherrodsville, Jeremiah Fierbaugh of Bowerston, Susan Kohler of Bowerston, Patricia Moore of Uhrichsville, mother of Craig Moore; Gayle Yosick of Leesville, who shed tears and Kearstyn Moore, daughter of Craig Moore, who asked that her father be allowed to coach her during her senior year. Love noted both teams made the playoffs in their first year back in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and both coaches won Coach of the Year honors after the season. He noted the boys have been in the “Fierbaugh system” since junior high school which provides stability to the program. He asked how the residents of the district could trust the school board to make the tough decisions such as the upcoming levy, when they couldn’t make the easy decisions like hiring a coach. Jeremiah Fierbaugh said both coaches have been working hard to become competitive and earn the respect of the community. “Both coaches have been successful and the community is rallying around them,” he said. “Ticket sales show it. They have done what they were asked to do and have done it well.” Kohler and Patricia Moore both read prepared remarks stating support for both coaches. Moore noted that, at no time, had either coach been given a reason that they might not be rehired. Yosick wiped tears from her eyes nearly the entire time she spoke, saying, “My blood runs green and it always will.” A graduate of Conotton Valley and a former school board member, she said, “They have brought pride into Conotton Valley. We are no longer the ‘Forgotten Valley,” she stated adding the board should listen to its athletes and consider their opinions. See COACHES, A-8 STUDENT SUPPORTERS. Conotton Valley athletes carried signs to show their support for Mike Fierbaugh and Craig Moore by carrying signs in the parking lot of the high school prior to a school board meeting last Wednesday.