CENTERBURG — The Centerburg Village Council took steps to apply for $117,013 in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act money at its meeting on Monday.
The bulk of the money will go toward covering the cost of law enforcement coverage by the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Compensation and benefits for safety forces is one of the eligible uses for CARES Act money because personnel are handling duties relating to COVID-19 that are outside of their normal day-to-day duties.
Fiscal Officer Shawna Humes said that from March through September, the village spent $76,608 on KCSO coverage. She anticipates the number to reach slightly over $109,000 by year's end.
The remaining money will be used to offset the cost of other COVID-related expenses such as personal protective equipment and the Zoom software bought to enable virtual meetings.
Unlike many municipalities, revenue for the village has not taken a big hit due to COVID-19. Humes said that revenue is about $3,000 higher compared to this time last year.
Council also approved applying to the Ohio Public Works Commission for funding to cover street resurfacing on South Hartford Avenue from Church Street to Dally Street. The total project cost is $194,000.
The OPWC application is for $138,225. The village's cost share is 5 percent ($9,700) plus an OPWC loan for 25 percent ($46,775). Village Administrator Joe Hardin said that if OPWC funds the project, the work will be done in 2022.
Councilwoman Saundra Dove reported that the Steering Committee is exploring ways to beautify and upgrade Main Street between Clayton and Preston streets. Potential upgrades include 20 new street lights, crosswalks, three sidewalks, traffic signals, and underground electric at a cost of $818,000.
The committee will work with the Knox County Area Development Foundation to determine how best to begin revitalization according to the ADF's strategic plan for the village.
In other business, council members:
— Approved an agreement with the Mount Vernon City Law Director for representation in Mount Vernon Municipal Court at a rate of $1 a year
— Adopted an ordinance for 2021 employee health insurance
— Gave second readings to legislation approving 2021 appropriations, amending the 2020 budget and appropriations, and 2021 employee compensation
— Tabled the third reading on legislation contracting with the KCSO for law enforcement to council's November meeting pending a response from the KCSO on suggested contract amendments
— Gave a first reading to a resolution authorizing 2021 membership in the Regional Planning Commission at a rate of $556.50