Carey planning repaving work

CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday to contract for the annual village street repaving work.
Administrator Roy Johnson said the following streets will repaved: West Street, from Maple Avenue to Fairlane Drive; West Street, from Fairlane Drive to Wyandot County 96; West Street, from Maple Avenue to Wyandot County 96; Wyandot County 96 entrance from Ohio 103; and East North Street, from North Patterson to Toledo streets.
Also, bids will be sought for two alleys.
The village has $85,000-$90,000 budgeted for street paving this year. This is the first year alleys have been included in the paving project.
Separately, Carey resident J. Fritz Kin, manager of refining safety and security for Marathon Petroleum Corp., made a presentation about a community closed-caption television system in which cameras would be installed at five village entrances.
The cameras would be connected to a digital video recorder.
The video could be reviewed by village authorities in the event of incidents such as burglaries, drug cases and child abductions.
Council took no action on the proposal.
The system would cost about $100,000, Kin said, and provide 30-day retention before the system would override the material, which could be downloaded and retained. There would be an annual service fee.
The cameras would not be for traffic enforcement, Kin said, but as an additional safety feature for the village.
He said Carey’s location with multiple state and federal roads within the village limits “makes the village vulnerable” to potential crimes.
In January, a man tried to rob a Carey bank and fled the community. The resident later returned and was arrested. Since then, there have been discussions about increasing the village’s security.
Separately, council agreed to spend $700 to $800 to place silk flowers in pots on street light poles and in planters on the ground in the downtown area. Donations will be accepted, too.
Separately, council approved an ordinance to increase the minimum foundation and marker expense at Spring Grove Cemetery by $30, to $260, effective in November.
Johnson has said the hike was necessary because of higher concrete costs.
The municipal swimming pool will open May 31.
Rates are the same as last year and season passes are on sale at the municipal building.
Village offices will be closed on Memorial Day. In case of emergency, residents should contact the village Police department at 419-396-7678. Curbside recycling will be a day later next week.
Carey Area Chamber of Commerce will host a new event, “Kickin’ it in Carey” from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 7 downtown around John Carey Park, at the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.
Beginning June 16, council will meet once a month on the third Monday through September. Meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
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