In 2017, the village of Continental saw numerous successes in several different areas. Much like 2016, we were able to rise above the challenges that presented themselves during the course of the year. However, some things will need to be addressed yet for us to truly move forward.
First, I would like to reflect on what we were able to accomplish together in 2017. The village was awarded the CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization Grant that will infuse the community with $500,000 worth of infrastructure upgrades. I can announce today that we have been given the official project go ahead now that all the paperwork has been approved with the I’s dotted and T’s crossed.
In 2017, we saw the resurfacing of Sixth Street from Rice to the school. This project was a huge success, as we were able to coordinate with the school and trailer court regarding a reconfigured entrance to the rear parking lot when the new bus garage was constructed.
The village also oversaw the East Rice Street sewer extension project that not only incorporates two new homes but also allows for future tap-ins. The village upgraded the computers in the town hall and out at the water plant, with several upgrades to the processors to allow for better efficiency.
I am proud to say that the village put a determined and continued focus on our water plant that included replacing the green sand filters, cleaning of our clear well and implemented/updated more stringent preventative maintenance practices to keep our infrastructure operational. The most stringent of these changes was a more thorough hydrant flushing program that included the purchasing of vital equipment to help make sure our hydrants operate at the needed capacities when called upon in the case of emergencies.
The village also re-implemented a tree trimming program that will limit fallen limbs from damaging properties while also maintaining aesthetics.
We were able to camera state Route 634 from state Route 613 to Tracy’s Hardware to verify which sections of the storm sewer could be lined versus what would need replaced. This camera work was fruitful, as we only found one area of concern in front of Huntington Bank that would need addressed prior to the lining.
Finally, I want to highlight the Lions Club’s work in bringing back the fishing derby this past year. I am proud to say that this event was a huge success after its absence and look forward to the village being able to help assist in maintaining and growing this event with the Lion’s Club.
In 2018, I hope to maintain the momentum we have established while continuing to implement new processes and procedures. I am excited about the resurfacing of state Route 634 from the Valero gas station to state Route 613 by ODOT come this spring/summer.
We plan on continuing to lay the groundwork for and begin the construction of a new water tower.
Several rainfalls this past year have brought an intensified focus to some of the areas in town that are having drainage issues. We will search to find any existing causes of this problem and work to repair those issues, as well as work to find alternative options to better help the drainage during these events.
Financially speaking, the village has continued to work to pay off some of its interest-bearing debts and will continue to look to do so moving forward.
Finally, I would just like to thank everyone and anyone who has provided their time and efforts to improvement of this village.
God bless all of you!