By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council gave a second reading Monday to an emergency ordinance which sets water rates for the next four years. There will be a 20 percent increase annually, or about $2.50 to $3 monthly on the average bill.
Council is expected to approve the increase at its Feb. 3 meeting, but it will not appear on residential customers’ bills until April, according to village Administrator Roy Johnson and Chris Rader, utility billing and income tax supervisor.
The increase was expected to be effective in March, but because of bad weather earlier this month, the Jan. 6 council meeting was canceled, delaying approval of the legislation.
Separately, council gave a first reading to an ordinance to purchase a 2014 sport utility vehicle for use as a police cruiser “at or below state term pricing,” without advertising for bids. The vehicle will be purchased locally, Johnson said, with an estimated cost of about $26,400.
Separately, council gave a first reading to an emergency ordinance for Johnson to petition the Wyandot County commissioners to amend an enterprize zone agreement for the village.
The change is being sought to include Arrowhead Commerce Park, being developed by Vaughn Industries at Elm Hill Road and East Findlay Street, in the enterprize zone. Also, council gave a first reading to an ordinance to annex the industrial park property.
Continental Structural Plastics received a 75 percent tax abatement for the past 10 years, which expired at year-end 2013. The tax abatement was through the enterprise zone agreement, which provides a tax break to companies that expand and guarantee to hire additional workers for a set period of time. The zone covers the entire village.
The enterprise zone negotiating committee will meet to consider renewal of the enterprise zone for the plastics company.
Separately, Roger Jenot, 324 W. North St., requested repairs to several alleys. For instance, the alley next to his residence, from North Street to Brown Avenue, has extensive ruts. It provides access to a car/lawn mower repair business.
There are other alleys that need repairs, he said, and he was not asking that the alley adjacent to his residence be done first.
Brian Spencer, public works supervisor, said repairing one or two alleys annually was a good idea and several councilmen agreed.
Spencer will develop a list of streets and alleys for repair. It will be presented to council for consideration so bids can be sought in the late spring or early summer when the work may be done more quickly. Usually, the work is done in the fall and sometimes it is a rush to get finished before asphalt plants shut down for the season.
Separately, at the Dec. 16 council meeting, Carey school Superintendent Mike Wank asked about the village’s interest in a land swap. The school would get a small parcel of land adjacent to where the new school will be constructed off South Vance Street, while the village would get the current school property on East North Street.
On Monday, Johnson said the village has no interest in owning the school property. He said he was informed the school has no interest in leasing the adjoining land, which includes a portion of Memorial Park.
School officials had inquired about the land swap because the state would fund a portion of the cost of utility installation to the new site if the district owned the property.
Now, the village is likely to run utilities to the site, at village cost, Johnson said, and then the district will have to fund installation on its property.
Separately, Mike Blair was elected council president and John Green vice president during council’s annual organizational session. Jennifer Rathburn took the oath of office as the newest council member.
She replaces Lois Kurtz, who did not seek re-election after completing an unexpired term.
Councilmen Dan Hark, Chad Kin and Bob Styer also took the oath of office to serve another four-year term.
Rathburn and the trio of incumbents were unopposed in the November election.
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