By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council on Monday approved a consultant’s recommendation for more than $1.18 million in equipment to construct a new electric substation near Continental Structural Plastics on Wyandot County 96.
GPD Group, Akron, recommended seven bids to council, ranging from $15,302 for a circuit recloser to $554,100 for two 10-megavolt amperes transformers. The bids were below the estimate of more than $1.25 million.
The work will be done to handle an expansion of the paint area at Continental, an automotive parts supplier.
Separately, council gave a first reading to a modified electric rate increase to meet guidelines for a $5.5 million low-interest loan and a $1.5 million grant which will fund an electric service upgrade planned for the village.
The village was going to increase electric rates by 2 percent annually through 2017, but American Municipal Power, which is providing the 1.1 percent interest loan, requested the rate hike period be reduced to have more money in reserve, Administrator Roy Johnson said after the meeting.
As a result, the village will increase rates 4 percent in 2015 and 2 percent in 2016, Johnson said. A 2 percent increase was implemented this year, too.
The grant is coming from the federal Economic Development Administration Public Works Assistance program.
Planned projects include an electrical upgrade to serve the east side of town, including an industrial park being developed off East Findlay Street; the 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 system upgrade will enable the village to handle the increased electrical load from the industrial park, an addition to the automotive parts factory and the new pre-kindergarten through senior high school building.
Separately, council was presented an ordinance that would restrict the raising of chickens and other fowl within the village limits. A limit of six would be enforced, and no roosters would be allowed. Anyone who runs afoul of the limit would have 30 days to comply or face a minor misdemeanor offense. Council is expected to take action at its Sept. 15 meeting.
There have been complaints in recent months about some residents raising a large number of chickens and ducks in the village.
Separately, Brian Spencer, supervisor of the public works department, will meet with school personnel and Gilbane Building Co. personnel today about replacing a waterline.
The 6-inch-diameter cast iron line was found damaged during construction and is now leaking. The line runs from Glenn Avenue to Ohio 103 to West Street, near a former restaurant, Spencer said.
It will cost an estimated $12,000 to $16,000 to replace the waterline with an 8-inch-diameter plastic line.
Separately, Johnson said anyone who has a tree to be removed or wants a tree replaced in the area between the sidewalk and street should contact the municipal building for development of a list.
The 2015 budget was submitted to council, which includes a projected beginning balance of $597,772, carried over from this year, and general fund revenue of more than $1.37 million.
Total for all funds, excluding the general fund, is more than $14.5 million.
Separately, additional quotes will be sought for a new building at Waterworks Park to house softball equipment.
Spencer said a $7,255 quote was received, which included a 5-inch-thick concrete floor.
The 12-foot by 20-foot building would replace an 8-foot by 8-foot building. The village’s Junior Miss Softball program will donate $500 to the project.
Council requested additional quotes and asked Carey school for a donation, since the high school softball team stores equipment in the building, too.
Village offices will be closed Aug. 29, a floating holiday for employees, and on Labor Day, Sept. 1. Curbside recycling will be done a day earlier that week.
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