Continental - Putnam Sentinel

CONTINENTAL — Continental Village Council hired a village employee on a permanent basis and gave a nod to the Fire Department to move a step closer in securing a new equipment truck during its regular meeting on Dec. 27.

The meeting began with Mayor Matt Miller swearing in four council members who were re-elected in November. Tom Armey, Jordan Streicher, Dan Sullivan, and Mike Varner, all incumbents, were given the oath of office for their new four-year terms, which will take effect Jan.1.

Miller informed council the probationary period for street/water/wastewater department employee Gary Sandlow ended on Dec. 24. In recommending Sandlow for permanent status, Miller related, “I have spoken to other village employees; all have nothing but good things to say. Mike (Leis, the maintenance department consultant) is impressed with Gary’s work ethic.” Council passed an emergency resolution to employ Sandlow full-time, at an hourly wage of $18, effective Dec. 23.

Village Fire Chief Steve Elkins was present at the meeting to field council’s questions regarding a request to replace the department’s current equipment truck, a 1988 step van. “There is so much equipment on it. It is technically overloaded,” he said. Elkins had located a heavy rescue truck in Pennsylvania; that department wants to sell it because its service area has been reduced. The 2006 vehicle has 11,000 miles and 1,000 engine hours on it. Elkins described the options on the truck, and said he believed the price of $140,000 was well worth it; a new freightliner van would cost $65,000-$70,000, with no equipment. 

Council reviewed and approved the village’s year-end debt reports. The village has just two active interest-bearing loans, one for the fire station and one for the pick-up truck. 

The mayor concluded the meeting by showing his appreciation to council and to the village employees. “It has been a pleasure working with everyone in the first two years of my term,” he declared. “I greatly appreciate everyone’s help. We have had challenges, but they have worked out. It’s because of this body, we can make the village better. I appreciate it.”