Carey can spread out payment for high electric bill

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
CAREY — American Municipal Power will allow the village of Carey to spread its February billing over six months after a 35 percent increase caused by cold temperatures, high electric use and congestion on the American Electric Power grid, village Administrator Roy Johnson told council Monday.
The rate plan allows the village, which operates a municipal electric distribution department, to pay $281,000 of an $818,000 bill over a six-month period.
A normal monthly bill for this time of year is $450,000 to $500,000.
Separately, Johnson clarified information released at the Feb. 18 council meeting about stationary recycling bins for the village.
No locations have been selected and no bins have been purchased, he said. It will be about a year before decisions on grant applications are known.
When announced at the February meeting, Johnson said two bins would cost about $8,600 and be compatible with new equipment being purchased by the Wyandot County Solid Waste District.
Recycling bins were placed near the Carey Senior Depot on East Findlay Street over the holidays in recent years to help collect additional recyclable items generated during the holidays. The system has worked, he said.
The new bins would be for residents who need a place to recycle materials at times other than when curbside recycling is available Monday through Wednesday.
Johnson said possible sites include the Carey Senior Depot, a fenced area at the village’s wastewater treatment plant, or the yard waste recycle site on the north side of town near the railroad tracks.
Separately, the county’s tax incentive review council, headed by the county auditor, will meet Wednesday to determine agreements. Continental Structural Plastics is the only Carey industry which has an enterprise zone agreement with the village. The company’s 75 percent, 10-year agreement expires Dec. 31. As of Monday, the company had not applied for renewal, Johnson said.
The program provides a tax break to companies on new construction and for hiring additional workers.
The company plans an $18.3 million expansion for an additional paint area. The project will add 50 employees by summer 2015.
The enterprise zone covers the entire village.
Separately, a decision is expected in May, Johnson said, on a grant/loan combination of about $400,000 for construction of a storm water drainage culvert extension in the downtown to help alleviate flooding in the area. The project is estimated at $575,000 and the village would pay the remainder. Construction would begin after July 1.
Separately, owners of a duplex on East South Street, damaged by fire earlier this year, are waiting for an insurance settlement. Keith Yingling, property maintenance inspector, has talked with the owners about the condition of the property.
The owners cleaned up the front yard, but there are still items on the front porch, Carey Fire Chief Chad Snyder said.
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