CONTINENTAL — Mayor Matt Miller presented his State of the Village Address to the Continental Village Council during its regular meeting on Jan. 22.

“In 2018, the village put a continued emphasis on infrastructure improvement,” Miller stated. “I am proud to say that we continue to focus on a proactive mentality as opposed to operating strictly out of reaction.”

Miller cited numerous accomplishments that occurred in the village during the past year. Two major achievements included several improvements at the water treatment facilities and the near-completion of the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant projects. Other successes were improvements to Buckeye Park, resurfacing all stop signs, and the acquisition of a new equipment truck for the fire department.

The village was awarded two grants in 2018. A MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication System) grant allowed the police department to purchase four new radios, while an Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (OBWC) Safety Intervention Grant in the amount of $27,074.25 was utilized to install a new service bed, a lift gate, and a crane on the village’s 2015 Chevrolet truck.

Additionally, Miller related the village was able to increase its interest income by adjusting some of the current investments. “I am proud of this as we continue to find ways to save money and cut costs so that we can also continue to invest these gains in additional Village improvements,” he declared.

Miller said he hopes to maintain the momentum the village has established while continuing to implement new processes and procedures.

“2019 will undoubtedly present challenges that will test our resolve, but I am confident that the team we have in place will not only take these challenges head-on but also overcome them with ease,” he concluded.

Council members Mike Varner and Todd Bartley commended village employees for their efforts in removing snow during last week’s storm. Miller reported that he and the maintenance men worked both Saturday and Sunday; three trucks were running in town. By Sunday noon, every alley and street in the village had been touched.

“We were thankful to the residents who were cognizant and moved vehicles off Main Street and the side streets,” Miller declared.

In other business, Council:

• approved a building permit for new construction of a garage at 626 Cardinal Lane

•approved to trade in the Village’s current mower and purchase a new one from Homier and Sons.

• learned the fire department was awarded a grant for a heavy duty washing machine for its turnout gear.

The Continental Village Council will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the town hall.