Continental Village Council met in regular session on May 10, 2022 with Mayor Miller presiding. Members present were Varner, Bartley, Armey, Streicher and Sullivan. Also, present were Mayor Miller, Administrator Prowant, Fiscal Officer Darby and Solicitor Welch. Visitors were: two residents. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance.
Council approved minutes of previous meeting, bills and the receipts since the last meeting. Then & Now Purchase Orders over $3,000: ML Tech for $5,218.03 for Contractual Services & Supplies and Oh-Mann Enterprises for Contractual Services for $15,372.00. were approved. Management Reports presented, approved by signature.
HEARING OF THE PUBLIC: None
Water Tower Update: The old tower demolition is complete. There is still a hydrant at the location that will be used for water sampling at this time. At a later date, depending on testing results a chemical feed booster may be installed at that location. The new tower had foam insulation sprayed on the inside of the cone and the aerator equipment is her awaiting on install. The project has to be completed before the Village takes over ownership of the tower. Sullivan asked if the propane tanks can be relocated to a more convenient location so the fire department can use the parking lot fully, and Mayor is looking into that.
Well Rehab: The Village contracted with Moody’s out of Dayton to Rehab Well # 6 & # 7. With the difficulties with the pitless adapter and the overall rainfall last fall caused a delay in completing Well # 7. They were scheduled to rehab # 7 at the beginning of June. Council debated whether to go ahead and order a pitless adapter to be made for Well 7 or just chance it being ok. There is a six-week lead time on receiving the part as it is custom made. Council approved proceeding. Because of recent high electrical use at the Well Site, some investigation found that there was a small leak in the pipe on the work completed on Well 6 that has caused the sump pump to run continuously. The contractor is scheduled to repair the leak and the side of the pit where is has somewhat caved in at no cost to the Village.
Transfer & Increase Estimated Resources: Darby then asked for a transfer for the estimated cost of $50,000 from the General Fund to the Water Fund as the budget amounts have not been collected for this year in the year. Council approved the transfer and increasing estimated resources.
Amend Appropriations: Council suspended the rules requiring three readings and passed as an emergency.
RITA Subpoenas Program: Darby gathered some information for council on the past subpoenas program the village has authorized. Council approved having non-filing letters sent to delinquent municipal tax filers and then subpoenas sent to the non-respondents on the village’s behalf.
Metalink Update: The contract with Metalink has been executed and they are preparing to install the new equipment on the new water tower soon.
Zoning Board: The zoning board met this week on a setback variance for the American Legion Post 541. The board unanimously passed the variance. Council passed a motion to accept the recommendation of the zoning board and approve the building permit for a patio with the variance.
Building Permit: Resident on W. Maple Street asked for a permit to install a privacy fence, siding and porch repairs. Resident on W. Forrest Street asked for a permit to replace windows and some landscaping. Both were approved.
Review Board Update: The owner of the home on West Rice Street would like to address the Review Board on his next step. The commercial building on Main Street demo was completed except for the cement foundation which was part of the original building and must be removed as well. A letter will be sent to address this issue. Council would like to hire a structural engineer to assess the building to the south of the building that was removed. The cost of this assessment will be passed on the building owner.
Fourth Street property: The Village has found that a tree on the Village right-of-way is overhanging and dropping branches on a resident’s property. The resident is cleaning up their stuff in that area so that the tree can be removed.
Solid Waste Management Plan Ordinance: Council discussed the ordinance and was advised by the Solicitor to pass it. Council moved to suspend the rules requiring three readings and pass as an emergency.
Critical Infrastructure Grant: Mayor Miller asked for permission to resubmit the Lakeland Drive & Lake Place Project again this year. This project will address the stormwater, pavement and curb issue in the area. Last year the project was thought to cost an estimated $675,440. The cost on the project is estimated to be less this year as some of the engineering has already been paid and some different ideas on how to deal with the storm water have surfaced. Lakeland residents will be asked to write letters explaining the impact of the current conditions have had on their lives. If the Village receives the grant it will lower the Village’s portion of the project to $10,000 and $500,000 grant. Council moved to allow the application with one council member abstaining.
Updating Ordinances: The Police Chief asked Council to consider updating some of the Village Ordinances including the Junk Vehicle Ordinance, Grass Clippings blown on the Street, Alleys & Sidewalks, and the ordinance regulating animal ownership within the corporation. Council tabled to the next meeting until something can be drafted for them to review.
Upcoming Events: Graduation will be held later this month and the Mayor wishes the graduates good luck on their future endeavors. The Town Clean-Up is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 & Thursday, June 9. More information to follow.
The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Council adjourned with no further business.
Susan Darby, Fiscal Officer