The Regular Session of the Village of Continental Council was held at 7 p.m. on November 27, 2018 in council chambers. Present were: Jordan Streicher, Roxie Knipp, Tom Armey, Mike Varner and Todd Bartley. Dan Sullivan entered late. Also present were Mayor Miller, Admin. Kathy Prowant and Fiscal Officer Susan Darby.
The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance. The Minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved as well as the bills and receipts. There were not any Then & Now Purchase Orders.
– Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Update: the project is moving along as weather permits. The paving portion is now complete and the bathroom is progressing. The sidewalks are being poured with the repair of the ruts in homeowners’ yards and reseeding to be completed in the Spring. The play equipment install is also dependent upon the weather as well.
– The Fire Dept. had a productive meeting with Mikey Smith, from Ohio First Responders Grants, LLC last week. It looks like the turn-out gear, hoses and nozzles will be targeted for the grant. Chris Baden will be taking the lead for the Fire Department.
– Maintenance Department Update: On Thursday, November 29th, one of the High Service Pumps will be replaced with a new pump. Then the other pump, which is a re-manufactured pump will also be replaced and the re-manufactured one will be kept as a spare. The water leak on Maple Street was fixed, but the water usage continued to fluctuates so the guys kept looking for leaks but with all the rain it has made it difficult. They thought the leak could be in the area of the repair so Aqualine was called in and it was confirmed their suspicion. The leak will be fixed this week.
– The Mayor has received some complaints about semi-tractor/trailer traffic on the side streets in town. The Village Ordinance does not address parking on the side streets, only Main Street. The Ordinance will need to be updated to address this issue as the side streets are not engineered to handle that kind of weight. Varner pointed out that there will have to be exceptions for construction equipment and school buses. Darby will check with other village’s to see how they handle this issue.
– Building Permits: Habitat for Humanity for remodeling at N. Eighth Street and a new metal roof at E. Rice Street were both approved.
– Becky Leader from the Putnam County Sentinel informed council that a video of the N. Eighth St. house is on the Habitat for Humanity Facebook page.
– OPWC Grant for Water Meters Update: The estimate for the replacement of the meters was for a 50/50 split between OPWC and the Village on the $135,200 project. The Village received four bids, with the lowest bid coming in at $106,000 but, this includes Zenner meters instead of the iPearl meters the village currently utilize. Mayor Miller is researching the compatibility of the iPearls and Zenner meters since we will not be replacing all of them. Some of the new iPearls only need an antenna installed to make them radio read capable. This will involve using two programs but Miller was assured that both will feed into the same billing program and training will be included in the price. At this point, no bids have been accepted. The Mayor has a meeting tomorrow and if everything checks out, he would like permission to sign the contract. Council approved. Dan Sullivan entered the meeting.
– Darby asked for permission from Council to sign the Depository Agreement with Huntington Bank. Council approved.
– Darby also informed Council that she will be making the final payment on the 2015 Chevrolet Pickup. That removes three loans from the Village’s debt this year.
– Council reviewed Bonuses for this year and approved the amounts as discussed.
– Mayor Miller asked Council to consider moving the final meeting of the year as it lands on Christmas Day. It was decided to move it to Wednesday, December 26th at 7 p.m.
Village of Continental