CENTERBURG — Centerburg Council heard from Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller at its April 1 meeting.

Miller addressed the council and assembled citizens with her annual address for Centerburg, which happened to coincide with National Public Health Week. The Health Department is celebrating 100 years of public health in Ohio. Miller specially noted improvements in sewers and safe water, the improved mortality rates thanks to the use of seatbelts, citing that infant death has decreased by half across the U.S.

She warned that there had been an increase in cases of Lyme disease, corresponding with an increased population of black legged deer tick. She suggested being extra cautious as the ticks were more active during daylight hours.

On disease prevention, Miller shared that the flu is still on the rise, especially strain A, and vaccines are still available. She made brief mention of the information on the shingles vaccines available in the March 27 edition of the Mount Vernon News.

Miller fielded questions from the crowd after her presentation.

Mayor Dave Beck asked for advice on the behalf of some senior citizens who had received their first shot of the two-shot shingles vaccine mentioned in the News article and were now stuck looking for a second shot within the short time frame which they can receive the second shot before needing to restart the series. Miller responded that the Health Department is the cheapest option for receiving the shots and, unlike pharmacies, if you get your first shot at the Health Department they will save back your second dose for you and it will be available as soon as you are allowed to receive it.

Beck then asked who is responsible for checking septic systems if a problem arises. Miller replied the county has to respond immediately and also investigate the issue.

Before Miller took the podium, Knox County Administrator Jason Booth addressed the Village Council with a concern.

Regarding an area just outside of Centerburg’s corporation limit, Booth asked that the village consider incorporating the area into Centerburg’s sewer system. He told council that the area is currently being served by Hilliar Township, which is then partially reimbursed by the county. A concern for both residents and the county is the 20-minute response time to any issues and the cost involved in sending response crews that distance.

Booth mentioned considering annexation as a possible solution which residents had previously shown interest in but Mayor Beck countered that there were problems with annexing the area as it would not be contiguous with the rest of the village and the council had already looked into this.

While suggesting that Centerburg consider the potential of taking over responsibility for the area the next time the village focuses on upgrading its system, Booth also noted that there will be a new pump for the area installed in the near future.

In closing, council member Greg Myers stated “it’s not a winning situation for the village,” taking on the responsibility of the area without the ability to collect taxes to offset the costs involved, to which Booth replied “It’s not a winning situation for anyone,” and reiterated his request was for the village to consider the problem.

Reports

Village Administrator Joe Hardin reported that crews were working on street repairs and dealing with flooding issues. Also, Spring Cleanup is scheduled for April 8-19 and he received one parade permit request for USA Days for June 22 at 11 a.m.

Village Solicitor Kyle Stroh reported that the invoice received from Hilliar Twp. has been further investigated. It was reported that the original invoice was for 80 percent of what is owed on these properties, including late fees, but Centerburg is only responsible for paying 80 percent of what is collected. Later in the meeting when the invoice was given a (third) reading, Stroh further clarified that the village is only responsible for paying Hilliar Township once annually and that payment should be made automatically as soon as the funds are collected. Final numbers for the full amount will be confirmed April 2 but the amount still to be confirmed won’t be due until next year; this year’s installment will be $2,428.44, much less than the invoice of more than $8,162.57.

Council member Tom Stewart reported for the Fire Board that the new Central Ohio Joint Fire District Fire Chief Mark McCann will be attending the May village council meeting to introduce himself.

Stewart also stated that there was going to be a retirement celebration for Fire Chief Porter on Friday, April 26, from 4:30-7 p.m. with presentations starting at 6 p.m. at the Centerburg Church of Christ.

Council also:

•Gave third reading to a resolution for village insurance. Two quotes were received, the Ohio Plan insurance the village has had and a new plan from Griffin Insurance representing PEP. Hardin reported there were differences in coverage between the two quotes and it was up to council to choose which they’d prefer. Beck and James both recommended staying with the Ohio Plan with the reasoning that they had given the village reduced rates due to long-term coverage, all claims had been paid, all questions had been answered but Beck also offered that the council could continue insurance for one month and make a decision at next month’s meeting. Council decided to stay with the Ohio Plan.

•Waived three readings on and approved Street repairs resolution to attempt to procure county permissive funds.

•Gave first reading to a parking ordinance to set a 48-hour limit on parking on streets and highways within the village.

•Approved $10,000 for first hauling of sludge. Hardin reported that there are 80 tons of sludge ready to haul. James reported that the funds are available but were not in the budget.

At the end of the meeting Council went into executive session to consider the Croton Road land purchase and to discuss pending litigation.

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