The Village of Continental. (file photo)
The Village of Continental. (file photo)

CONTINENTAL — Continental received recognition for its 2019 improvements to the Village.

During the May 12 Village Council meeting, Putnam County Community Improvement Corporation Director Amy Sealts presented the Village with the Red Rose Award. The award is given annually to a community in the county that has had an exemplary year in the areas of business retention and expansion, infrastructure and community development, and technology innovation.

The award was originally slated to be given at the annual Putnam County CIC banquet, which was canceled due to COVID-19.

When contacted after the meeting, Mayor Matt Miller stated, “It is a great honor to be this year’s recipient of the Red Rose Award. I want to thank the Village personnel who dedicate their time and efforts into constantly making our community better. This award is a reflection of all of the hard work that has been put in by them, because it truly has been a group effort.

We all are driven by the desire to improve the communities that we live in on a daily basis, which makes this so rewarding knowing that in our area, year to year, it is so competitive.”

Council approved the first reading of a resolution requesting certification from the Putnam County Auditor on the dollar amount that would be generated by renewing the 2 mil current expenses levy with no changes. The current levy is set to expire in 2021.

Council reviewed and discussed various options on paving quotes. Council approved collaborating with Monroe Township to pave the Village’s portions of Road E, both east and west of State Route 634 to the Village corporation limits. The total estimated cost for those sections is $56,900.

The other paving considerations were for the alley that runs east and west by the post office, the alley east of Modern Eye, and other areas around the Village. There were two quotes for the alleys; one was to mill the asphalt and compact it with aggregate base, while the other quote was to mill the existing pavement and replace it with new asphalt pavement. As there was a significant difference in cost, Council tabled this matter.

At this point, due to the uncertainty of the availability of grants this year for street paving and the decrease in gas tax money, the Village has had to scale back its paving plans. Council examined different methods to pay for paving but did not arrive at a definite conclusion.

Police Chief Arnie Hardy reported he has ordered a touchless thermometer for the Village at Okuley’s Pharmacy for $150.

The Village Clean-Up will be held either Wednesday, June 3, or Thursday, June 4 (NOTE: S & S Sanitation was contacted after the meeting to set these dates.). Mayor Miller stressed he would like some of the brush piles in town cleaned up. He requested that residents place the brush at the edge of the street. The maintenance department will pick it up and take it to the new compost site at the old sewer plant. More information regarding the clean-up will be forthcoming.

In other business, Council approved:

  • the third reading on the East Rice Street Annexation Ordinance;
  • two building permits; one on Third Street for windows, doors and a porch floor, and one on Main Street for a new window; and
  • to write off a remaining water bill when a property is sold at the county auditor’s sale.

The next Continental Village Council Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at the fire department.