CONTINENTAL — During its regular meeting on November 10, the Continental Village Council determined how the CARES Act funding would be spent.

The village recently received notification that it was awarded $105,817 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The federal economic stimulus bill, which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support numerous entities that were economically impacted.

After much research to ensure the list of proposed expenditures were in line with the requirements of the act, Miller announced the two prominent outlays would be $51,000 for police payroll reimbursement and $40,000 for fire department turnout gear.

Police Chief Arnie Hardy gathered quotes from Village Hardware in Leipsic for PPE, including air scrubbers and hand sanitizing stations for all three village-owned properties, sanitizing backpacks for village-owned vehicles, a contactless mailbox for the town hall, and automatic locks for the restrooms at Sparling Park.

In addition, the list of items included two teleconference/video conference systems for the fire department meeting room and the village council meeting room at the town hall, at a cost of $6,500 each. The systems encompass microphones, cables, a laptop computer, and a smart tv, and would have upgrade capabilities.

“The system would allow us to stream council meetings on Facebook and YouTube,” Miller related. “With the current environment we are in, this is a good idea.” He said that the systems would enable the village to hold meetings and participants would not have to travel. He cited forthcoming meetings regarding the water tower project; the Louisville, Kentucky-based contractor; the Bowling Green, Ohio-based engineer; the village’s operator of record who resides in Beaverdam, and village representatives could all meet without traveling.

Miller pointed out the items on the village’s list totaled $118,926.38. All monies must be encumbered by November 20. Any unused money will be returned to the state auditor’s office, and will be redistributed during a second round of funding.

“Based on how we’ve read the guidelines and the FAQ, (Fiscal Officer) Susan Darby, the village’s fiscal and I would recommend we proceed (with purchasing the additional items),” Miller commented. “We are taking on expenses that are above and beyond $105,000, so that we can be eligible for the unused funds.”

After a brief discussion, council approved the list in its entirety, and also amended the village’s appropriations to include the CARES Act funding.

The village received a single sealed bid for the shed located on its recently-acquired property at 305 North Main Street. Council approved the $35 sale price. Miller noted the new owner must move the shed off the property in a timely manner.

Mayor Miller provided council with copies of applications and resumés the village had received for the vacant water/wastewater/street position. Council then went into executive session to discuss personnel. They returned from the session with no action taken.

The next regular meeting of the Continental Village Council will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m.