CONTINENTAL— The Village of Continental has come up with a creative concept to raise funds for Sparling Park enhancements.

During its regular meeting on April 13, Mayor Matt Miller informed the village council that bids will be accepted for the decorative wood, woodwork, fixtures and other items from a recently-acquired North Main Street home that was purchased by the village. The home is scheduled to be demolished this summer.

The items include pockets doors, interior doors and frames, trim work, stairs, and pillars. There is also a solid oak table available.

Council will hold a preview day for persons interested in the items. Bids will be accepted for separate items or the complete package.

This event will be advertised in several media outlets, as well as on the village’s Facebook page. The bids are due on May 3, 2021 and will be opened at a special council meeting on May 4, 2021. The winners of the bids will have until June 7, 2021 to remove their purchases before the house is razed.

Village Administrator Kathy Prowant presented a quote from Weller Electric for $1,111.00 to replace the locks on Sparling Park’s bathrooms with programmable door locks. The bathrooms are currently closed because vandals damaged the locks. Council approved the purchase.

Council discussed advertising three of its used laptops for sealed bid. It determined that after paying for advertising, the profit would be marginal. Council voted to donate the computers to the high school.

Council approved the purchase of a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) System which will be installed on the new water system. The SCADA will monitor levels of multiple items and will alert the maintenance department of a level change. It will cost $38,325 for the water plant system, and an additional $18,700 for the lift stations.

A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Critical Infrastructure Grant will be utilized for the Lakeland Street Rebuild Project. The grant will provide the village with $470,000, while the county will be able to utilize $30,000 to administer the grant. The predicted total for the project was higher than expected. However, it was estimated high as there were several unknowns pertaining to the underside of road and the elevation for the drainage. The project is estimated to cost in excess of $600,000, so the village’s contribution will be $200,000. The residents on the east side of Lakeland will continue to drain storm water into the pond, but the west side residents will drain into the new storm sewer. Council gave permission to Mayor Miller to sign any and all paperwork related to the grant. The Review Board met with the owner of the building next to the collapsed building. A structural engineer walked around the outside perimeter of the building; it appeared it should be able to free stand after the adjacent building is removed. An inside assessment also needs to be completed. Although the owners of the collapsed building were initially informed the structure had to come down in two sections, council agreed it could be torn down all at once to fit the contractor’s schedule.

Maintenance employee Trevor Williamson reported his department has been working on cold patching roads and completing meter reading. There is other roadwork that cannot be repaired with cold patching or grading, so Mayor Miller offered to secure quotes for street paving and repairs. Williamson also stated the department plans to install the remainder of the radio read meters by the end of the year. Councilman Dan Sullivan reported some of the alleys in town are in poor shape. He inquired if the village could hire the township to bring in its grater to break up the alleys so they can be smoothed out. Mayor Miller offered to check on this.

Council reviewed two building permits. The first, for new windows and a garage door for a Main Street residence, was approved, while the other, for a new porch, concrete driveway, overhang, back concrete patio and shed/greenhouse for a Fourth Street abode, was approved pending verification of distance from the porch to the street.

In other business, council approved:

• a sewer reduction request of $38.50 from a resident who experienced a water leak;

• the Tax Incentive Review Committee’s recommendation to continue the village’s agreement with H & K Chevy-Buick, with no revisions; and

• rehiring the same high school student who was a seasonal employee last year.

Continental Village Council will next meet in regular session on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at the fire department meeting room.