Continental Village Council met in regular session on February 9, 2021 with Mayor Miller presiding. Members present were Mr. Todd Bartley, Mr. Tom Armey, Mrs. Roxie Knipp, MR. Jordan Streicher, Mr. Mike Varner and Mr. Dan Sullivan. Also, present were Mayor Matt Miller, Solicitor Scott Welch, Administrator Kathy Prowant and Fiscal Officer Susan Darby. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance.
Council approved the minutes of previous meeting, bills & receipts as presented since last meeting. Council also approved Management Reports after reviewing.
Council discussed the speed zone digital signs quote and the status of a speed limit sign at the start of the corporation limits on north State Route 634. Council decided to table this until more information could be gathered on how much good it will do for the cost of the signs. Mayor had a discussion with ODOT and their engineer feels that having a speed limit in that area would be confusing since it goes right into the extended school reduced speed area. Their suggestion is to pass an ordinance that states the speed limit is reduced at all the corporation limits so there would be two rules of law: the Ohio Revised Code and the Village Ordinance.
Railroad: Lately there have been long stretches of time where all the crossings in town are blocked. The Mayor will be posting a link to a webpage where residents can report blocked crossings on Facebook. The webpage address is www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings.
LED Digital Sign: The sign itself is completed but the Village is not ready for installation since the old sign is still in place. They are checking to see if we will need to have the engineering for the pole size and depth. Currently, the sign is set to be 18 inches from the ground to the bottom of the sign but we could raise it to 24″. Council tabled until they can see if it will obstruct traffic when turning from Elm Street.
NatureWork Grant: The village has until the end of this year to complete the grant. Mayor wants to organize a workday for the in-kind donation portion of the grant to remove the swings in preparation of the new set.
Water Tower Update: the contractors have started moving dirt around for the stone lot for the supplies and equipment for the construction. Mayor informed council of some upcoming maintenance on the greensand filters for the water plant and the hope that the Village can upgrade to the SCADA system to monitor the wells and the new tower levels.
Building Permits: None
Mayor would like to get an OWDA project together to apply. His two top projects will both be to continue replacing old infrastructure for the water department. Recent work has revealed outdated waterlines in two areas of town that need upgraded.
The village will begin looking for a used pickup to replace the vehicle used to pull the utility trailer. Also need to get a truck better suited to plow snow than the landscape style truck currently used.
Council approved a motion to transfer $35,000 from the General Fund to the Police Fund to pay for the new vehicle. The money was set aside in the Temporary Appropriations to transfer out.
Council also heard the police department has taken online classes and earned certification about use of force in community policing. This makes them eligible for grants.
With no other business, meeting adjourned.
Village of Continental