Village of Continental council met in regular session on November 13, 2018. All members except for Mike Varner were present, along with Mayor Miller, Administrator Prowant, Solicitor Welch and Fiscal Officer Darby. Visitors included: Matt Rau of Habitat for Humanity, Chris Baden, Continental Fire Dept. and Gary Samlow, Village employee.
Minutes from previous meeting approved, bills & receipts reviewed and approved and Management Reports approved by signature.
— NRG Update: The Neighborhood Revitalization Grant project is moving right along. The paving is complete and sidewalks are in progress and the Restroom at the park is in progress. The Contractors hope to have the projects completed by December.
— Chris Baden addressed council about hiring a grant writer to apply for a AFG grant to replace the gear. Baden explained the costs to hire him and asked council to give its blessing. Council approved.
— Matt Rau informed council that Habitat for Humanity has purchased a home on Eighth Street for a family. It will be remodeled with volunteer labor and then sold to the family. The budget for the remodel will be $25,000 and includes new HVAC, flooring and drywall. Once the project begins, Rau encouraged volunteers to come help.
— A building permit was approved for replacement of a driveway and sidewalks.
— The Housing Council met prior to the council meeting and approved two applications for 50% Tax Abatement for 5 years for two new homes. Council followed the recommendation of the Housing Council and moved to approve both abatements.
— Credit card policy update was reviewed and accepted by council contingent to the Fiscal Officer removing the bank name from the policy.
— Mayor Miller informed council that Fort Jennings State Bank has filed a Branch Application with the State of Ohio to place a branch of their bank in the Village. The application will take 30-60 days for approval.
— Miller also advised council that the Village was awarded a Bureau of Workers’ Comp Safety Grant for new equipment, including a trench box, a service body kit with lift gate and electric crane for the 2015 Chevrolet Pickup and a compactor and street broom for the New Holland tractor.
— Council approved placing two stop signs, 25 mile speed limit signs and Children at Play signs in the area of First & Maple Streets as recommended by Police Chief Hardy.
— Report: It was noted that the village’s water consumption was elevated last week. After careful monitoring, it was determined there was a leak somewhere in the village so a Leak Detecting company was called in. The leak was found to be along Maple Street where an improperly installed water tap had cracked after the road had been paved. Saturday, they repaired the leak and the water usage is back to where it should be.
— One sealed bid was received on the Fire Department Equipment Van, a bid of $2500 was given by Mark Wakeham. Council approved the bid. They also discussed that a condition of the sale is that all writing identifying it as a fire truck and belonging to the village must be removed prior to using the vehicle.
— Darby asked council if they wanted to continue to support the Putnam County CIC with a donation as it has in the past. Council moved to continue at the same donation as years past.
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