By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Melissa Cole, the athletic trainer at Carey schools, was selected as the newest Carey Council member on Monday and took the oath of office from Mayor Steve Smalley.
She replaces John Green, who resigned effective May 31 because of a conflict with a new out-of-town job.
Cole was elected 3-1 on the first ballot by four council members. Councilman Chad Kin abstained from voting because his mother, Linda Kin, was a candidate for the position. Council also considered Lois Kurtz, a former council member, who received one vote.
Separately, Smalley and Police Chief Dan Walter presented the village’s medal of honor award to Patrolman Sutton Flick for his actions to quickly resolve an armed shooter situation following a double murder Nov. 1 at the Carey Conservation Club.
Richard R. Clark shot two people inside the club. When he exited the building, Flick, with his weapon drawn, was waiting. Clark threw his gun down and was handcuffed. Clark is serving two life sentences without a chance of parole.
Flick also has been honored by Owens Community College as officer of the year, and finished second for the Fraternal Order of Police state award.
In his report, village Administrator Roy Johnson said Shelly Co., of Findlay and Carey, was awarded the road paving contract at $84,998 for West Street, from Maple Avenue to Wyandot County 96, as well as two alleys — one off Columbus Avenue, north of East Findlay Street, and the other from West North Street to West Brown Avenue.
Also, Johnson said the village has been awarded a $5.5 million low-interest loan from American Municipal Power and a $1.5 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to help pay for a series of electrical system projects.
The projects include an electrical upgrade on the east side of town, including an industrial park being developed off East Findlay Street; a new electric substation at Continental Structural Plastics; and a voltage conversion project to increase the village’s capacity from 4,160 volts to 12,470 volts.
The work will enable the village to handle the increased electrical load from a factory addition, a new school building, and the new industrial park.
Separately, council gave approval for replacement of the rubberized roof on the municipal building by Larry Cole’s Do-All Co., Tiffin, for $48,520. The project will be finished by mid-September.
Separately, the village has been approved for a grant and a zero-interest loan from Ohio Public Works Commission for a storm drain extension from North Patterson Street to the Senior Depot on East Findlay Street. The grant is for $235,000 and the loan is for $88,183.
Also on the east side, the village administration is looking to replace main waterlines to improve water pressure in the area of the industrial park. Long-term debt, estimated at $450,000 to $600,000, would be funded through a state revolving loan fund.
Meanwhile, construction on a solar panel project is expected to start in September and be finished by the end of December on village-owned property at the water well field. Solar Planet Power, Columbus, will be funding the estimated $8 million project, and the village will purchase 2 megawatts of electricity for 20 years. Vaughn Industries, Carey, will do the installation.
Also, state auditors have found $23,000 in funds which were posted incorrectly in village financial books through clerical errors. An additional $7,000 will be removed from the general fund for the same reason. That will balance the village’s financial books as of Jan. 1, 2012.
State auditors will be in the village today, Wednesday and Thursday for the two-year audit of 2012 and 2013.
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