Electric system study underway in Carey

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

CAREY — An electric system study will be submitted to American Municipal Power as part of an application for partial funding of an estimated $6.2 million to $6.9 million upgrade in Carey, village Administrator Roy Johnson said during Monday’s council meeting.

Jeff Pearce, an electrical engineer with GPD Group, Akron, is completing the study.

The funds would be used for replacement of utility poles along the village’s main electric line, completion of a portion of voltage conversion, and electric substation improvements across from Continental Structural Plastics. The automobile parts supplier will add 50 jobs and an additional paint line at the plant in 2015.

Work is expected to begin this year, Johnson said.

In February, Pearce presented a plan to upgrade the village’s electric service. The project is expected to take about 24 months, Pearce has said.

The addition to the plastics company, construction of a new pre-kindergarten through senior high school building, and development of an industrial park on the village’s east side will increase electric service requirements. The electric system is already under strain, Pearce has said.

The voltage conversion project will eventually increase the village’s capacity from 4,160 volts to 12,470 volts to handle the additional and future electric load on the same size line.

It will cost an estimated $2.4 million and be part of a $10 million, 10-year plan, Pearce has said.

A portion of the voltage conversion will initially be done at the Ogg Street substation and at the Waterworks Park substation.

The village has applied for $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds and a $1.9 million economic development grant, Johnson said.

Separately, Carey Council approved a $20 daily fee per campsite for individuals who visit the village during the nearly two weeks around the annual pilgrimage at Our Lady of Consolation Basilica.

Previously, the village accepted donations for camping, which averaged about $10 per site last year. But expenses for utilities, trash removal, and village labor were not covered by the nearly $860 in donations.

With the set amount, the village expects nearly $2,000 in mandatory payments.

There are 16 campsites allowed at Waterworks Park, per county Health Department regulations, Johnson said. Camping is allowed nine days prior to Aug. 14 and a few days after, he said.

All campsites are not used the entire time, he said.

It is the only time camping is allowed at the park on West Findlay Street.

Separately, cemetery cleanup will be Thursday. Items should be removed from graves at Spring Grove Cemetery.

The annual spring cleanup for residents will be April 24 throughout the village. Residents can place a maximum of three bags curbside.

No household garbage, tires, batteries, hazardous materials, electronics, large appliances, furniture or automobile parts will be collected. One person must be able to lift the bags, too.

After the collection, the village’s property maintenance inspector will tour the community and mark problems that require attention, Johnson said. Property owners will be given a notice and a deadline to comply.

Village offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 18. In case of emergency, contact the Police Department at 419-396-7678.

Maurer: 419-427-8420
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