By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Closed circuit television cameras at village entrances are being considered by Carey Council after a bank robbery earlier this year in the village.
Councilman Chad Kin made the suggestion during council’s meeting this week. He said grants may be available to fund the equipment.
The command center would be at the police station, which would be able to view the four entrances on Ohio 568 west, Ohio 199 east, and U.S. 23 north and south.
Discussions will continue. No cost estimate has been determined.
On Jan. 14, village resident Chad Gossman robbed First Citizens National Bank and drove away. He was arrested when he returned to town and has since been sentenced to prison.
Separately, council approved an emergency ordinance to renew Continental Structural Plastic’s 75 percent, 10-year enterprise zone agreement. The county’s tax incentive review council recommended the renewal.
The company is the only Carey industry which has such an agreement, which provides a tax break to companies for new construction and for hiring additional workers.
The company plans an $18.3 million expansion to house an additional paint area. The automobile plastics supplier said the expansion will add 50 jobs by summer 2015.
The enterprise zone covers the entire village.
Separately, Village Administrator Roy Johnson informed council an application has been filed for a grant to help pay for a new electric substation to handle an expansion at Continental Structural Plastics. The new substation will also handle electrical service for any future development in the southern portion of the village, along Vance Street near the U.S. 23 interchange.
In February, council approved a resolution to apply for a $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration Public Works Assistance Grant. The Wyandot County Office of Economic Development assisted with completion of the application, which included a letter of support from U.S. Rep. Bob Latta.
If approved, the village will match the grant with electric fund money to construct the new electric substation on Wyandot County 96 across from the company.
The village has also applied for a $490,000 Community Development Block Grant to assist with funding the project, Johnson said.
Council also approved a request from the Salvation Army to donate 10 family swimming pool memberships to needy community members. Council has taken similar action in the past.
Separately, Chris Rader, supervisor of utility billing and income tax departments, will assist residents with village income tax forms. Residents pay 1.5 percent village income tax, with 1 percent for village operations and the remainder for a sewer fund to maintain lines and make improvements.
Residents also pay an additional 1 percent for school operations.
Spring cleanup at Spring Grove Cemetery will be held April 10. Village employees will be preparing the area for the Easter and Memorial Day holidays. Items around headstones should be removed to assist the effort.
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