Village Council of Continental met in regular session on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 with all members present. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved along with the bills and monthly management reports.
–Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Update: The sidewalks have all been poured and the contractor and the Putnam County Commissioners assure the Village that the homeowners’ yards will be restored along the new sidewalks in the Spring. The majority of the new playground equipment has been installed with a few pieces that are still being shipped to be installed at a later date. The bathroom project is proceeding nicely. The water line has been tapped, however the restrooms will not be operational during the winter as there isn’t sufficient heat to keep the waterlines from freezing.
–Semi-Tractor/Trailer Parking: The Mayor and Council are still trying to come up with a solution for this issue. The Village cannot afford to have heavy trucks tearing up the side streets that are not built to handle that amount of weight. Council reviewed an ordinance about truck parking from an area community, that restricts parking and may use it as a starting point for drafting an amendment to the current ordinance. Currently, there is parking for four trucks in a stone lot on East Rice Street on a first-come basis.
–Building Permits: None
–Water Meter Replacement Grant (OPWC): Upon further research, the Mayor recommended staying with the Sensus meters and going with the company with the second lowest bid for this project. The lowest bid used Zenner meters and was $18,000 lower, but the village would have to run two separate programs to read the meters and then we were not guaranteed that both would work with our current billing system. Since this bidder, Bryan Excavating, is still under the proposed estimate for the project, the higher bid price will be half grant and half the Village’s. Council voted to allow the Mayor to enter into contract with Bryan Excavating for this project.
–2019 Temporary Appropriations: Council reviewed and passed the appropriations for the first three months of the year. The total of all temporary appropriations is $634,485.
–Debt Report: Council reviewed the end of the year debt report. The ending balance of all the Village loans is $1,747,176. $1,335,633 of the total are interest free loans. The Village paid off three loans this year.
–Snow Removal Contract: The Village has a yearly contract with the mobile home park to plow snow. The contract will be renewed with the rate of $30/plowing pass through the park. Council moved to sign the contract.
–Maintenance Department Update: One of the high service pumps has been installed at the well site and the second one will be replaced in a week or two. The install went well.
–Currently, Gary Samlow is reading meters and documenting the condition of the meter pits. With the aforementioned grant, the Village can have 25 meter pits replaced so this documentation process is necessary. Trevor Leis is working on dragging the alleys and working on breaking up the old concrete that was hauled out for the Main Street paving and sidewalk project.
–Bonus Policy: Solicitor Welch addressed the draft of the bonus policy that was submitted to him and he suggested that Council designate who is not eligible for bonuses by position. Council deliberated and came up with a list that includes: the Mayor, Council, Solicitor and Fire Personnel. Council then suspended the rules requiring three readings for an Ordinance and then passed the Ordinance as an emergency.
–Solicitor Welch also exercised his option to continue his contract with the Village.
–The Mayor reminded everyone that the last meeting of the month will be moved to Wednesday, December 26 and wished everyone a very Merry Christmas.
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