PANDORA — Council was able to fix a little snag regarding the Dollar General project during the Nov. 27 village council meeting.

Village Solicitor Scott Basinger said the 1.45 acres of land in the industrial park being planned for the retail store has not been officially surveyed and cannot legally be transferred to the Putnam County Community Improvement Corp. to initiate the deal. The agreement approved at the Nov. 13 meeting involves the village being paid $65,000 for the land, but in order for the sale to go through, the village must make some improvements to the area which will take almost half that amount.

Basinger recommended council rescind the original resolution and then approve a new one authorizing the mayor to sign the agreement to transfer the land for the Dollar General store. The resolution states “mayor” instead of specifying current Mayor John Schlumbohm who will be resigning his position later this month when he assumes office as a Putnam County Commissioner.

Greg Kuenning of GBT Realty of Brentwood, Tennessee, is the developer of the project and the purchaser of the land. GBT Realty will then lease the property to the Dollar General Corporation, which will be responsible for the maintenance of the 9,000 square-foot building as well as the grounds. Kuenning estimated the project would take about six months to complete once Dollar General accepts the deal.

Meanwhile, Fiscal Officer Kim Reese also reported that the operating agreement has been signed by the Pandora-Gilboa Community Recreation Committee. The Pandora-Gilboa school board approved a measure last spring to replace the lights at the high school football field. The recreation committee were given the old lights which they plan to use for the village park, so some baseball games can be held during evening hours.

Council asked for an agreement between the village and the committee during the negotiations. The agreement includes having the committee pay for projects with their own funds; presenting invoices to council for reimbursement; getting pre-approval from council for projects over $1,000 and giving access to the Village Administrator to the lights for emergency purposes. The Village Administrator will also hold keys and/or combinations to any lights. The agreement also discusses weed control, mowing, use of the lights and field maintenance.

The old lights have been taken down and are ready to be installed into the ground. Reese told council committee members have told her it is their top priority to make this happen. Part of the agreement also includes the village contributing $1,500 to the project once the rest of the approximately $12,000 needed to complete the project is raised by the committee to get the electric work completed.

Council also approved monies for the 1-mill fire levy that was approved by voters in November. The Putnam County Auditor expects the fire levy to bring in a total of $19,541.73 annually.

Reese also reported the Putnam County Auditor confirmed what a 1-mill would bring in for the recently-approved fire levy. Council needed to approve a resolution accepting the rates. The millage for the levy is expected to bring in a total of $19,541.73 annually. Voters approved the new levy last month by a vote of 277 votes for to 178 against which will assist the village pay for fire expenses. The village is served by the Riley Township Fire Department with the village funding one-half it’s operation costs.

In other business, council approved the payment of $389.04 for Christmas lights at the Arthur-Lugibihl Community Center. A total of $489.04 was spent on the lights, but Kevin Vance, who is on the community center board, donated $100.

The next regular meeting of the Pandora Village Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the village offices.