By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday to submit a letter of intent to American Municipal Power, Columbus, to borrow $7 million to pay for electrical system upgrades.
The projects include construction of a new 15-megavolt ampere substation near Continental Structural Plastics, replacement of utility poles along the village’s main power line, and partial voltage conversion of the proposed “south loop” in the village.
The work is estimated at $6.2 to $6.9 million with the substation and pole replacement estimated at $3.8 million of the total. The village has received approval for a $1.5 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration Public Works Assistance.
The village provides electric distribution to residents. It purchases power from various sources and resells it to residents, businesses and corporations. American Municipal Power, a nonprofit organization, provides wholesale power supply for municipal electric systems.
The “loop” from the Ogg Street substation to Waterworks Park substation is the first phase of electrical improvements and will cover the new industrial park on East Findlay Street.
The voltage conversion is being done to alleviate a strain on the electric system. The project will eventually increase the village’s capacity from 4,160 volts to 12,470 volts to handle the additional and future electric load within the village along the 69,000-volt electric transportation line coming into the village.
Separately, complaints about smell, space and noise created by chickens being raised within the village limits prompted council to seek legal information from other communities. There are five properties which have chickens. The village has no ordinance to prevent the flocks, but one flock has 40-45 chickens and neighbors have complained, Mayor Steve Smalley said.
The issue will be discussed at the July 21 council meeting when council may consider legislation about barnyard and exotic animals.
Also, a waterline will be installed this week to complete the loop from Memorial Park Drive to Glenn Avenue in order improve the water flow for the new school being constructed nearby. The project will cost about $19,000.
Separately, North Patterson Street will be closed the week of July 14 to repair and raise the railroad tracks and replace the deteriorated pavement between the tracks.
Also, village crews will begin mosquito spraying today and continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the village.
Separately, council approved a motion to allow a Columbus company to construct a solar-power generating area near Waterworks Park on about six acres of well field property. Solar Planet Power, Columbus, proposed the $8 million project last year.
It will generate 2 megawatts of electricity, which will be purchased by the village. The village will pay 7 cents per kilowatt for 15 years and then 9 cents per kilowatt, or whatever the village’s 12-month average is then, for the remainder of the 25-year contract.
Vaughn Industries, Carey, will install the solar panels and is expected to be done in three to four months, Smalley said. Less area will be used for the construction because of more efficient equipment, he said.
Separately, council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. June 30 to consider a replacement for John Green, who submitted his resignation, effective May 31, because of job duties.
Council has 30 days to fill the vacancy. If not, Smalley can name someone. The four-year term runs through Dec. 31, 2015.
Anyone interested in being considered for the vacancy can contact Dixie Risser in the administrative offices before June 30.
Linda Kin and Lois Kurtz have expressed interest in the vacancy. Both were at Monday’s meeting. Kin is a former school board member and Kurtz a former council member.
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