CENTERBURG — Centerburg’s village council finished off the year strong by approving five ordinances and one resolution at its meeting Monday evening.

Ordinances for employee health insurance and for 2019 employee compensation both received three readings and were approved by council. Employee health insurance costs will see an increase, but Clerk Teri James noted that “we hate it that it’s gone up like it has, but it could be worse.”

Ordinances to amend the 2018 budget and appropriations, and for the 2019 appropriations, were also approved by council after three readings. James suggested that a percentage increase of two percent of the total be put in place for 2019 appropriations.

“We talked about it at the administrative service committee and we’re recommending to council that it be two percent for this year, that’s what I had worked into the budget for this year, and we’re going to do our best to monitor overtime and things like that,” James said. “Of course there’s no control over the weather, but now that a lot of the business with Del-Co is ended, we think some of that is going to go away. Some of the overtime that was from water leaks and things like that that Del-Co will be taking care of now.”

An ordinance to amend rules, regulations and policies for billing and collecting waste water charges was passed as an emergency by council after the three readings were waived. The amended rules, regulations and policies removed references to the water services, Village Administrator Joe Hardin explained, and updates to the billing process explanations were also made.

Council went into an executive session to discuss possible litigation and took no action.

Council also:

•Passed a resolution for an agreement with the Mount Vernon Law Director for Legal Services. Council approved the resolution and agreed to pay the Law Director a total of $4 for legal services for the upcoming year. Each quarter, the law director charges the village $1. The resolution was passed as an emergency after the three readings were waived.

•Briefly reviewed a notification from the Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control that stated that permits to sell alcoholic beverages within the village will expire Feb. 1, 2019, pending renewal applications by each permit holder.

•Approved 2019 Council Meeting Dates.
Meetings will be held the first Monday of every month, aside from September, which will be held the first Tuesday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day, Monday Sept. 2.

•Approved an update to the zoning map at the request of the Zoning Board in order to make a more comprehensive interactive zoning map and to make updates easier in the future. The work will be completed within six months at a cost not to exceed $3,000.

•Approved a request by Hardin to complete a secondary salt contract with Mid-Atlantic Salt for 50 tons of salt at $110 per ton, at a total of $5,500, which Hardin explained was over his spending limit. Salt also has to be picked up by the village as well, which Hardin said will run an additional cost of $300-$400 per 25 ton load.

Also discussed at council was:

•The success of the November Serve the Burg. The next Serve the Burg event will take place Sunday, Feb. 3.

•Updates and additions to the Central Ohio Joint Fire District station. Councilmember Tom Stewart and representative on the COJFD Fire Board said they are expected groundbreaking to take place in December or January. If the groundbreaking occurs by the end of Dec., Stewart said, the project is expected to be completed by the end of May or early June. Stewart also announced that fire board meetings will now be held the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be held Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

•A work session with Hilliar Township to discuss Memorial Park funding, which will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Hilliar Township house.

•Potentially changing the programing of the traffic signals in the village. Hardin explained that he had a meeting with ODOT to discuss the changes and would like to find solutions and programming put in place to relieve some of the congestion on Ohio 3/US 36 during high traffic times.


Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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