CENTERBURG — Roundtable for the last meeting of 2019 for the Centerburg Village Council was full of gratitude and a fond farewell to outgoing Mayor Dave Beck and welcome to Greg Sands who will be holding that office at the start of the new year.

Beck was thanked by all for his years of service. Councilmember Ronda Seligman commended him for always keeping residents in mind, both as mayor and in his public service as a private citizen. Deputy Village Clerk Molly Thompson told him “all of these jobs are thankless jobs but you’ve done a lot so thank you,” and Village Clerk Teri James joked that Beck had been “a worthy opponent over the years” before recognizing that they had grown to have a great working relationship.

Beck thanked everyone on the council as well as Thompson, James, Village Solicitor Kyle Stroh and Village Administrator Joe Hardin, declaring they had all been great to work with. “We’ve done quite a bit,” he said, listing the work they had done with sewers and setting up the village’s agreement with DelCo Water, recognizing everyone’s contribution to those projects.

Sands, who takes the office of mayor in 2020, was in attendance and was given a warm welcome by everyone.

Most of the meeting was devoted to third readings of personnel ordinances, as well as ordinances for appropriations and sewer rates. Those ordinances all passed except for the one concerning employee 2020 compensation which will need to be passed in the January meeting when all the numbers have been finalized; the current rates were all updated but the 2 percent increase needs to be calculated across the board.

Beck reported that there were 12 applicants for the position of fiscal officer and three have been selected to be interviewed Dec. 7.

The resolution for the agreement with Mount Vernon Prosecutor for legal services passed and the resolution for 2020 Regional Planning Commission (RPC) membership received its second reading.

Beck announced that the Centerburg Comprehensive Plan will be presented at the council meeting on Jan. 6 along with a resolution to adopt it.

Councilmembers John Jackson and Greg Myers reported on the RPC meeting, specifically that the state is going to require all septic systems to be inspected regularly, with a fee to pay the inspector, though it is still being worked out who will be doing the inspecting and how long between inspections; how much inspections cost currently vary from county to county. Administrator Hardin, when asked, said there are currently about 50 septic systems in Centerburg.

Councilmember Tom Stewart reported that the Fire Board held its final meeting of the year and the construction at the firehouse is 99.9 percent complete; two offices not included in the renovations will receive new paint and carpet. The open house is tentatively scheduled from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 8, complete with a chili cook-off.

Before that, though, two paramedics will be sworn in on Dec. 18 with a reception for them and their families as well as outgoing fire board member Don McCracken.

Poggemeyer Design Group sent an invoice for the engineering work done on the Ewing Street project; $32.03, the 16 percent of the invoice which the village is responsible for, is within Administrator Hardin’s spending limit so the invoice was given to council members merely as a courtesy. Beck shared he’d heard the OPWC, responsible for paying the rest of the invoice, will do so the second week of December.

An ordinance to get up-to-date physical books of the village ordinances for the library and council chambers as required by state law was given its first reading to enter into a $7,305.60 contract with Walter Drane Company. This is the first update of this kind since 2014.

Council meeting dates for 2020 have been approved as the first Monday of every month except September, which will be Sept. 8 since Sept. 7 is Labor Day.

Councilmember Sandra Dove reported that the garden club was out putting up greenery which was cut from club members’ own shrubbery as well as a hefty donation of trimmings from StoneHaven Tree Farm.

There were around a hundred people at the recent tree lighting at the gazebo, according to Council member Rusty Griffith.

All leaf pick-up has finished for the year. Administrator Hardin reminded citizens for next year that the village cannot remove loose leaves from the street; any leaves to be picked up must be bagged.

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