Continental Village Council met in regular session on October 8, 2019 with Mayor Miller presiding. Members present were Bartley, Varner, Knipp, Streicher (entered late), Sullivan and Armey. Also present were Mayor Miller, Administrator Prowant, Solicitor Welch (entered late), Police Chief Hardy, Maintenance employee Thompson and Fiscal Officer Darby. Visitors: Cindy Dotson, Mike Dotson, Jalesa Adams and Jamie Adams. Meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance.
Council approved minutes of previous meeting. Bills and the receipts since the last meeting. Management Reports presented and approved by signature.
Huntington Checking Account is now closed and the money invested in the CDARS Program through Fort Jennings State Bank and in the STAR Ohio account.
OPWC– County reviewed all the county projects on September 27. Continental ranked number one for the Small Government application for our Elevated Water Tower Replacement Project. The score at District Level presentation of the project on November 6 in Wapakoneta will determine if it goes to the State Level. This is a grant/loan program.
Maintenance Department: Thompson has been working on alleys but they will be switching to hydrant flushing and then back to alleys as the weather dictates. Future work includes getting ready for plowing.
Resident on E. Rice Street wanted a permit to pour a cement driveway. Armey asked if the village had checked to make sure there is any infrastructure in the alley that would be impacted. Thompson will call OUPS tomorrow. Council moved to grant the permit pending there are no issues.
Resident on S. 6th street asked for a permit to replace the roof on his garage. Council granted the permit
A building permit presented with two addresses on it, 405 W. Grove and 204 W. Rice. A Building permit can only have one address on it and the work described was too vague. The Village Solicitor advised council to table the permit. Council agreed.
Street Sweeping: The Mayor passed around a quote to have the streets swept from a company in Toledo for $100/hour (includes travel time). Discussion held on various village’s that own their own street sweepers. This year prior to the Festival, the Village of Ottawa swept Main Street before and after the Festival. We have not received an invoice at this time.
Sanitary Sewer Work: The Mayor also had a quote for the Sanitary Sewer work to put a line from the Lakeland Lift Station south along an easement to the Eighth Street extension. The Village has the potential to have five new homes in that area. The quote is for $47,400 with the contractor purchasing the parts and supplies; he advised the village could save money by getting these ourselves. This project would include three manholes and would help take some of the strain off the Grove Street lift station. Council moved to proceed with the project.
CRA Application: Darby presented a CRA (Community Reinvestment Area) application for fifty percent tax abatement for five years on the difference between the assessed value before and after remodeling on a home at303 W. Forrest St. Council accepted the application.
(Streicher entered the meeting) Council found out that the School might have an extra bike rack that they would be willing to donate to the Village for Sparling Park.
Prowant presented two requests for reduction on sewer from residents who found water leaks after they received their bill. She recommends the resident on S. Second Street receive $105 off sewer and the resident on W. Rice receive $106 off sewer. Council accepted Prowant’s recommendation.
Trick-Or-Treat will be held Thursday, October 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with costume judging at 7 p.m. at the High School Gymnasium by the Continental Lions Club.
The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at 7 p.m. A Zoning Review Board meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m.
Upcoming Road Closures: On Saturday, October 12, West Maple Street will be closed between Second to Third Streets. Then on Saturday, October 26, Sugar Street will be closed between First and Second Streets.
Bartley moved to go into Executive Session to discuss pending court action. Varner seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Knipp – Yea; Varner – Yea; Bartley – Yea; Armey – Yea; Sullivan – Yea; Streicher – Yea. Six yeas, motion carried.
Bartley moved to come out of Executive Session with no action taken. Varner seconded the motion. Six yeas, motion carried.
Council was advised in their binders there is a spreadsheet with the current employees’ rate of pay, date of the last raise and years with the village. Mayor asked council to review it, as he will begin conducting merit reviews this month.
Susan Darby, Fiscal Officer Village of Continental