Continental Village Council met in regular session on August 13, 2019 with Mayor Miller presiding. Members present were Bartley, Varner, Knipp, Streicher, Sullivan and Armey. Also present were Mayor Miller, Solicitor Welch, Administrator Prowant, maintenance employee, Tylor Thompson and Fiscal Officer Darby. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance.
Council approved the minutes of the previous meeting, approved bills and approved the receipts since the last meeting. Management Reports presented and approved by signature.
Council heard the public: A village resident questions on how to change the zoning on a building on their property on Ash Street from residential to commercial so that they can start a hair salon. Council advised that they would have to address this with the Zoning Board. Prowant will send out notices for a Zoning Board meeting. Another resident asked council about the status of cleaning out the storm sewer drains in the Southwest corner of the Village. Mayor Miller told that the vactor truck has a maintenance problem and they have been trying to contact the former owner to see if he can fix it or go ahead and clean the drains for the Village, but he has been on vacation.
EPA Update: The aerator project is almost completed. Replacement of the fan and all the old media was completed. The structure needs some work to keep it from deterioration. Mayor notified the EPA and they asked about the water tower status.
Resolution 10-2019: Authorization to allow the Mayor to sign any necessary documents to apply for funding for the water tower presented in emergency form was approved.
Credit Card: Darby told council the bank requires the person accounting for the credit card is required to have one. The Mayor recommended Darby get the credit card but to have a $0.00 credit limit to comply with the Credit Card Policy. Council approved adding her to the authorized users with a Zero spending limit.
Building Permits: Resident on N. Eighth Street requested a building permit for a concrete drive and a business on N. Main Street also requested a permit to install a concrete pad. Council approved both requests.
Propane Lock-In price: JPS send a lock-in price notification for the coming year of $1.24/gal. Last year’s price was $1.44/gal. Council approved.
Resolution Accepting Budget Committees Rates and Amounts: First reading approved.
Transfers: Darby asked council to approve a transfer from the General Fund to the Police Fund to supplement the fund after two mills were removed from the levy and used to fund a Street Maintenance & Repair Levy. Council okayed.
Darby also asked to transfer from the General Fund to the Water Operating Fund to help pay for all the extra maintenance the water department is experiencing. Council approved.
Water Leak: Prowant provided two letters to council from residents who have had water leaks and are asking for a reduction on their sewer bill as the water went on the ground instead of in the sewer. She recommended reducing the sewer by $100 to the resident on S. Fifth St. and $50 to the resident in the trailer court. Council agreed to Prowant’s recommendation.
New Waterline: Sullivan asked what the status was on the waterline installation on the new street. Mayor informed council that a contractor will be assisting the maintenance employees and they will do the tap for both the water & sewer.
Paving: the contractor the Mayor wanted to utilize this year for a couple of small paving projects was unable to employ a crew so he has been searching for someone to come in to do the work.
Sixth Street Crossing: The railroad will be fixing the Sixth Street crossing but it will be the last one they complete.
Old Truck Bed: Thompson informed council that the old truck bed from the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado that was replaced with the service body is still in the maintenance garage and they would like to get rid of it before they have to move the snowplows around.
Susan Darby, Fiscal Officer Village of Continental