CENTERBURG — Everything is coming up Del-Co now that water service has officially been switched in the village of Centerburg.
The cut from public water in the Village of Centerburg to Del-Co Water’s service was made Oct. 29 at approximately 10 a.m., Village Administrator Joe Hardin said at Monday evening’s village council meeting. Residents who have water quality issues should contact Del-Co directly at 740-548-7746.
Hardin expects that the village will be completely out of the water treatment plant by the end of November. Currently, telephone service has been shut off, but Hardin explained that he is still working to finish up odds and ends before the electric service can be shut off and the building fully passed over to Del-Co.
After waving three readings, council voted to pass the ratification of a second amendment to the agreement for sale and purchase of the waterworks system with Del-Co as an emergency. Solicitor Kyle Stroh explained that the agreement had already been in place since Oct. 29 but explained that the amendment was put into place to clarify who’s responsibility it would be “if we were to shut down that plant.” That responsibility now falls to Del-Co according to Stroh. The ratification of the second amendment, Stroh noted, was more so approving a clarification rather than a change. Council passed the vote with five votes. Rusty Griffith, a Del-Co employee, abstained from the vote.
Council approved a $37,000 supplemental appropriation to pay refunds for water service deposits. For individuals with deposits, which Clerk Teri James noted was not all village residents, a refund for the deposit of $100 will be received in the next few months.
James told council that there is some confusion surrounding the “lock box” where sewer bill payments are now to be sent. While credit card and electronic payments are still accepted, those who wish to pay by check must mail the payment to a First-Knox National Bank mailbox address. James clarified that though it is called a lock box, it is really just a mailbox in Mount Vernon from which First-Knox National Bank will pick up the payments. It is not a night deposit box, and customers do not have to drive into Mount Vernon to pay their bills.
Council also clarified the start of the sewer rates. Previously it was decided that rates would start Jan. 1 2019, but James wanted council to clarify if rates would first be billed Jan. 1 (meaning that December would be the first month charged under the new sewer rates) or that the rates would start being charged Jan. 1. Council determined that the new rates will first be billed Jan. 1 meaning that Dec. sewer rates will reflect the new sewer rate.
At the October meeting, it was determined that a revised ordinance for sewer rates would need to be passed because final numbers were not included in the wording of the ordinance when it was first passed. However, Solicitor Kyle Stroh explained Monday that a revised ordinance would be unnecessary and council voted to table the issue indefinitely.
“We did some research and our [original] ordinance we passed [in September] was fine as far as timing and how we published it,” Stroh said. “There was concern because there was a slight delay in its publication, but there is no concern.”
Centerburg Community Memorial Park
Council received a letter from Hilliar Township Trustee Don McCracken inviting them to attend a joint meeting to discuss funding for the park tentatively set for Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. If council were to send more than two voting members, Mayor Dave Beck explained, it would have to be declared an official Village Council meeting that is published. Council determined that only two council members, Regional Planning Committee representatives Greg Myers and John Jackson would attend. Mayor Beck said he would also go to the meeting to discuss the matter noting that he is a non-voting member of council. Myers noted that he would also like to approach Milford and Liberty townships and to consider approaching South Bloomfield and Porter Townships which he said also use the park’s facilities.
Council approved a request from Hardin to spend over his spending limit for sludge removal of 120 to 150 tons of sludge. Council agreed to allow Hardin to spend up to $11,000 for the project. The money, Hardin said, was already in the budget for sludge removal but the amount of money required was beyond what he was allowed to spend without council approval.
The following matters received second readings at Monday’s council meeting:
•Ordinance for Employee Health Insurance;
•Ordinance to amend 2018 Budget & Appropriations; and
•Ordinance for 2019 Employee Compensation.
Also discussed at council Monday evening was the following:
•Leaf pick-up will be completed by the city Nov. 12-16 and Nov. 19-21. Residents may put leaves and yard waste in paper bags along the street to be picked up by the city during these days.
•Serve the Burg is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 18. Participants are asked to bring leaf rakes and meet at the Elementary School parking lot at 9 a.m. Donuts will be provided by The Burg Cafe and Bakery and lunch will be supplied by 1834 Midway Tavern. Grace Lutheran will be supplying senior meals that volunteers will deliver for Serve the Burg. All are welcome to attend.
•An employee left the village as of Oct. according to Hardin. That position has already been filled and the new employee will start Nov. 12.
•Marlow Street Storm Water improvement project will begin Thursday and is expected to be completed within a week. Homeowners in the area will be notified of the “considerable” amount of construction in the area.
•The COJFD Fire Board is finishing contract negotiations with South Bloomfield, which will be signed at the next fire board meeting Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Hilliar Township building. According to council member Tom Stewart, South Bloomfield’s becoming a member of the COJFD will be discussed. The contract is good for four years so the board hopes to have South Bloomfield join within that time frame, though there is no guarantee.
•Jackson noted that he has had several complaints about speeding cars on Clayton Street. Mayor Beck said he would contact the sheriff’s office about the matter.
•Council member Rhonda Seligman said that she has spoken with concerned citizens about drug use in the village. She suggested that individuals call the sheriff’s office to report concerns either through their contact line or anonymous tip line.
•Repairs to the gazebo were discussed. It was suggested that Hardin contact the Knox County Career Center about completing the needed repairs to the steps and railing.