CONTINENTAL— A brief but productive meeting on Sept. 8 saw the Continental Council accept a bid for the water tower project and approve a parcel split.

Bidding for the water tower project was held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, according to Mayor Matt Miller. All three proposed bids came in under the Poggemeyer Design Group’s estimate of $1.1 million dollars. The engineering company recommended the village accept the lowest bid of $972,400, which was presented by Caldwell Tank, out of Louisville KY.

Marie Schroeder, from Niese Law Office, approached council on behalf of a village landowner. Schroeder relayed the landowner’s request that a parcel located between Third and Fourth Streets be divided into three smaller parcels. After council discussed the size of the new lots, they determined each would be sufficient for building lots, and approved the parcel split.

Mayor Miller reported he met with the new representative from Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP). The representative described free services that the village could utilize, such as help with GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping and storm sewer camera work.

Miller described that a water leak had been detected on West Elm Street that affected two homeowners. The lines are older and worn, and there is no mapping of the area to assist the maintenance workers. Workers ran a temporary waterline to allow the residents to continue to live in their homes.

After an exploratory dig, the leak was located. The contractor and Mike Leis, the village’s Operator on Record, recommended that a new six-inch main should be installed, as well as valves and a hydrant. Miller said it was also recommended to establish an independent water main with valves and hydrants, since new homes are being built in the Eighth Street area. This would avoid having to upgrade the system in the future.

In other business, council also approved:

•the third reading for the resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor;

•a $1.00 per hour raise for village employee Tylor Thompson, as he passed his Class 1 Wastewater Test; and

•two building permits, one which was updated to reflect a concrete floor and footer for a State Route 613 residence and the other for a new roof for a West Rice Street rental property.

The next regular meeting of the Continental Village Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the fire department.