Continental Village Council met in regular session on February 28, 2023 with Mayor Miller presiding. Members present were Varner, Armey, Streicher and Sullivan. Also, present were Mayor Miller, Administrator Prowant and Fiscal Officer Darby. Councilmen Knipp and Solicitor Welch were absent and Councilman Bartley was late. Visitors: Jeanne Tegenkamp, Gywn Kohls, Dave Stauffer and Jennifer Momenee. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance.
Varner made a motion and Streicher seconded to approve minutes of previous meeting, four yeas, motion carried. Armey made a motion to pay all the bills and Varner seconded, four yeas, motion carried. Streicher made a motion and Armey seconded to approve the receipts since the last meeting, four yeas, motion carried. Then & Now Purchase Orders over $3,000: None.
Review Board: The court case against the Village is in the briefing stage. Prowant’s brief was due on February 24 and the Village’s is due on March 10th. The Village not heard anything new on the court case or the review of the Review Board Procedures.
Maintenance Department: The Asset Management Inventory was due today. Trevor submitted a week or so ago and the EPA wants each asset rated on it condition and then rated on how quickly it needs to be replaced or rebuilt. JJC is helping with this and will help with the GIS mapping the Village hopes to get completed soon. The last TTHM test showed the Village is within acceptable range with the new water tower.
Building Permits: A building permit for a home on Sixth Street requested a renewal. Streicher moved to grant the renewal until August 23, 2023 and Armey seconded. Four yeas, motion carried.
A resident on First Street requested a building permit to build at 32×55 metal building. Plans were reviewed and Varner moved to approve the permit and Armey seconded. Four yeas, motion carried. Council thanked Dave & Sis Stauffer for donating a postcard from 1911 to the Village.
Lighting Upgrades: Mayor Miller will get a quote to upgrade the lighting in the EMS building, the offices in the town hall and the outside lighting of the building for the next meeting.
Water/Flooding Issues: With all the recent rain events, the small pond is overflowing, and there have been many instances of water ponding on streets, alleys and residents’ yard. The maintenance guys are pumping water from the small pond into the large pond to help alleviate the overflow at Buckeye Park. Gywn Kohls told Council that she has a flooded driveway every time it rains. This has been an ongoing problem in the area of Sixth and Rice Street. Miller said that Ohio Sanitation has been contacted about cleaning some sewer lines and running his camera into the lines in that area to see what can be done to drain the storm water away better. Until he does the preliminary work to see what we are dealing with, we can’t make any definitive plans. Bartley entered the meeting during this conversation.
Appropriations: Council had one reading on the proposed appropriations and with no changes noted, Bartley moved to suspend the rules requiring three readings and Streicher seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Knipp – Absent; Varner – Yea; Bartley – Yea; Armey – Yea; Sullivan – Yea; Streicher – Yea. five yeas, motion carried.
Bartley moved to approve the appropriations as presented and Sullivan seconded. Roll call vote: Knipp – Absent; Varner – Yea; Bartley – Yea; Armey – Yea; Sullivan – Yea; Streicher – Yea. five yeas, motion carried.
Election Year: This coming year, there will be two council seats and the Mayor up for election. Petitions are available at the courthouse.
TextMyGov: The widget is active on the Village’s website and residents are encouraged to sign up for text alerts.
Encroachment: A property in the area of Grove and Third Street has foliage that is encroaching on the Village right-of-way. Miller and Armey will go tomorrow to see what needs to happen.
The next meeting will be March 14, 2023.
Bartley made a motion to adjourn with no further business; Armey seconded it. Five yeas. Meeting adjourned.
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