Continental Village Council met in regular session on November 8, 2022 with Mayor Miller presiding. Members present were Bartley, Knipp, Armey, Streicher and Sullivan. Also, present were Mayor Miller, Solicitor Welch, Administrator Prowant and Fiscal Officer Darby. Councilman Varner was absent. Visitors: Ray Finnegan of Aspen Energy and Nathan Bowers. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance.
Armey made a motion and Bartley seconded to approve minutes of previous meeting, five yeas, motion carried. Streicher made a motion and Knipp seconded to approve bills as presented, five yeas, motion carried. Bartley made a motion and Streicher seconded to approve the receipts since the last meeting, five yeas, motion carried. Then & Now Purchase Orders over $3,000: none. Management Reports presented, approved by signiture.
HEARING OF THE PUBLIC: Ray Finnegan of Aspen Energy passed information to Council about the upcoming electricity pricing surge. The Village had previously been in contract with a lock in price of 4.197/kWh (negotiated by Aspen Energy) but it had expired. When the pricing had started to rise at that point Council decided to let it ride and we were subject to the market pricing. Aspen suggested locking in for the short term with AEP at 7.23/kWh, we are locked in until May of 2023. At that point the new price for AEP will be 11.99/kWh. Mr. Finnegan provided legislation that would allow him to shop around for pricing below 7.866/kWh. He also provided information on aggregation, which requires a ballot issue that would allow the village to lock in a lower price for all the businesses, residents, and school to band together as a group to receive a lower rate on their electricity. Resident would be able to opt-out of this program if they wish. Council chose to do nothing at this time and asked that he come back to the next meeting after the election.
Building Permit: 201 S. Second St. requested a building permit to put new siding on their home. Streicher made a motion to approve the permit and Bartley seconded the motion. Five yeas, motion carried.
304 S. First St. requested a permit to construct a 30×40 Pole Barn. Resident was present and was able to describe his project to council. Streicher moved to approve and Bartley seconded the motion. Five yeas, motion carried.
Copier: The copier was delivered last week after being on order for eleven months. The offices all have the ability to connect wirelessly to print and scan.
Leaf Pick-up: The Village does not offer leaf pickup; however, residents can take their leaves out to the old sewer plant and dump them in the northeast corner. Please empty your bags and take your bags with you.
First Street Waterline Project: The project will be on Thursday at the Courthouse. Kathy Prowant will be attending to represent the Village. The project must be completed by July of 2023.
Road E-16/East Rice Street: The road was paved today by Ward Construction. The Village has not received a date that our paving will be completed on Forrest and Eighth Streets.
Lighting in Fire Department: Chief Williamson is getting quotes to upgrade the lighting inside the fire station. The halogen lights are starting to have problems and he is getting quotes to go to LED lighting in the hopes it will be brighter and more cost effective. Miller stated that he would like to piggy-back on their project and upgrade the lighting at the Maintenance Garage as well.
Blue Harvest Solar: The Fire Department has also received word that that will be receiving a $5000 donation to assist in training and equipment purchases. They will also host an annual coordination meeting with fire and emergency responders to review the project’s emergency action plan.
OML Membership: Mayor Miller asked Council if they would like to continue being members of the Ohio Municipal League. Streicher moved to approve the $470 membership fee and Armey seconded the motion. Five yeas, motion carried.
Review Board Update: The home that burnt on First Street has not been removed as of today. It is our understanding that Sand Ridge Excavating has been contracted to remove the house. The home on North Seventh Street has been sold pending the signing of the paperwork.
Reminder: The Village offices will be closed on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7 p.m.
Bartley made a motion to adjourn with no further business; Armey seconded it. Five yeas, motion carried. Meeting adjourned.