Continental Village Council met in regular session in the Council Meeting Room on April 26, 2022 with Mayor Miller presiding. Members present were Varner, Knipp, Armey, Bartley and Sullivan. Streicher was absent. Administrator Prowant, Solicitor Welch and Fiscal Officer Darby were also present. Visitors: Denny Ordway, representing American Legion Post 541. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance.
Minutes from last meeting and bills and receipts that occurred since April 12th were reviewed and approved. There were not any Then & Now Purchase Orders over $3,000.
Building Permits: The American Legion Post 541 represented by Denny Ordway presented a building permit to completely redo the parking lot and replace the sidewalk with six-foot wide and six-inch deep cement along Maple Street. They want to relocated the sidewalk so that it meets the curb and then widen the parking lot to meet the sidewalk. Council approved this project by motion. Ordway then proposed a project to replace the cement on the east side of the Legion, replace the canopy, door and add a new smoking/seating area with an awning and railing in the area from the doorway to the curb. Since this will require a variance the building permit was tabled until the zoning board could convene.
Resident wants to build a new 40’ x 30’building at 400 Chevy Lane. Council approved this project by motion.
Resident wants to have roof replaced at 101 Lake Place. Council approved this project by motion.
Curb Replacement: To go along with the Legion’s sidewalk replacement, Mayor Miller presented a quote from Powell Tree Service to cut out and replace the curb on Maple Street for $6,600. Council approved this project by motion.
Water Department Update: The old tower is scheduled to be completely down by Friday of this week and the cement will be removed next week. All three greensand filters are now completed and back online as of today.
Internet: The new Brightnet antenna is up and running and everyone who contracts with them for internet service is now connected.
Review Board: Commercial building – the building is down and clean-up will be completed Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
Rice Street home – the owner has covered all but one of the holes, he saw four cats go under the building and he did not want to trap them so he is returning to finish closing up.
Forrest Street property – the leveling and planting of grass seed has not been completed, but the owner did mow and remove some debris from the back of the property. The Mayor will ask the Review Board to reconvene in the next couple of weeks.
Sewer Reduction Request: A letter was received from a resident at 202 E. Oak Street who had a frozen water line rupture when the house was vacant in January. He requested a reduction of $74.50 on his sewer. Council approved by motion.
RITA Subpoenas Program: Darby presented the authorization form for the annual subpoenas program for delinquent municipal tax filings. The Village can choose to just send letters out which is a free service to the village or also have RITA send out subpoenas to those who do not respond to the letters. The village council has until June 1, 2022 to decide. Darby will gather some more information on the productivity of the program.
Lot Split Request: The Village received a request from a resident who would like to split their lot into two parcels and sell one to neighbor who would like to build a garage. The property is located at the corner of Sugar and Fourth Streets. Discussion was held on the zoning corner setbacks. Council approved by motion.
Railroad Property: It has come to the village’s attention that the railroad has started to enforce their right-of-way on some of the vacant property in the village. Welch suggested having survey pins dropped near some of the Village’s infrastructure to verify our right-of-way. According to some business owners, they have been contacted and informed the right-of-way is not divided 50-50 on each side of the railbed, it is more like 70-30 in spots.
Primary Election: The Primary Election will be held in the normal polling locations next Tuesday, May 2, 2022 and Mayor Miller reminds residents to get out and vote.
Next Meeting: Next meeting is Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Council Chambers at 7 p.m. With no other business for the good of the village, council adjourned.
Susan Darby, Fiscal Officer