CONTINENTAL— Continental Village Council voted to put three levies on the November ballot during its regular meeting on May 28. Fiscal Officer Susan Darby reported the village has two levies that are expiring. The first levy is for 1.7 mill for current expenses for street lights, while the second is a 3.0 mill levy for police protection. Council discussed restructuring the levies so no additional taxes will be requested while meeting the village’s need to make their streets a priority. Council passed an emergency resolution to request the county auditor’s certification for a renewal of the 3 mill police protection levy, a renewal with a reduction to 1.2 mills for the street lights levy, and the creation of an additional .5 mills street maintenance and repair levy.

Mayor Matt Miller related the village has begun the door-to-door phase of the income survey, to visit those persons who have not returned their surveys. The income survey is needed for the village to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) Critical Infrastructure Grant to fund the new water tower. Miller reminded residents to complete their surveys and either mail them to the village office, bring them in person to the office, or place them in the drop box. All surveys must be completed by June. The village received the keys to the new bathroom at Sparling Park. Miller said a decision needs to be made on what hours the doors will be open. Council discussed the possibility of timed electronic locks so the bathroom would be locked overnight to prevent vandalism. The contractor is still waiting on some consecutive dry days so the soil can be leveled out and seeded.

Miller stated all the new water meters have been installed, although the meter pits included in the project still need to be replaced. Village Administrator Kathy Prowant has nearly completed the change-over of meter numbers in her system; programming will be completed in time for the June meter reading.

Council reviewed and approved the second reading of the proposed amendment to the sidewalk improvement ordinance. The amendment will require the work to be completed by a concrete contractor/installer who has received a concrete contractor permit from the Village for the sidewalks to be eligible for reimbursement from the village. Two residents addressed council regarding concerns about their properties. Dana Keck stated she and her neighbors are concerned about damage to their vehicles due to the condition of their street and the curbs. The Mayor stated the village is well aware of the condition of Lakeland Drive, but because the street does not have a base under it, it will need to be completely dug out and replaced. When the streets were assessed, Lakeland Drive’s estimated replacement cost was over one million dollars. Keck expressed she would like to extend her driveway width. Miller said that if she goes to that expense, the village would pay for new curbing around it.

Monto Mumea then spoke to council about ongoing drainage issues in the area of his home on South Second Street, where there was water laying on top of a catch basin. Village Maintenance Employee Tylor Thompson stated he hoped to take the vactor truck to the area to clean that basin out on Wednesday. In other business, council:

• hired Westin Okuley at a wage of $8.55 per hour for part-time summer help to assist with mowing, trimming, painting, and other jobs; •learned the hydrant flushing has been put on hold until the ground dries up.

• will sell crushed concrete the village has at Buckeye Park to the public for $75 per self-loaded truckload.

The next regular meeting of the Continental Village Council is scheduled for June 11, at 7 p.m. at the town hall.