By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council was updated Monday about the needs of the village electric system now and in the future, as companies expand and new ones locate in the village.
At the top of the expansion list is the medical clinic to be constructed by Blanchard Valley Health System off South Vance Street near the U.S. 23/Ohio 15 interchange.
A Casey’s General Store, a fuel station and convenience store, is considering locating in the area, too.
It will cost millions to complete needed electrical projects, but Jeff Gump, with GPD Group, Akron, an electrical utility consultant, said the work can be done in stages.
The goal is to develop a “loop” to service the improvements and expansions being experienced throughout the village.
Separately, council authorized Clemans Nelson and Associates, a Lima human resources company, to provide council and the administration with a wage schedule related to various village jobs.
The company did surveys of similar-size communities and found Carey’s wages were “on the low side,” said P.J. Winegardner, a representative of Clemans Nelson.
Council approved having an ordinance prepared for the next meeting with village positions, wages, and wage ranges. If approved, the wage schedule would be effective with the July 8 pay period.
It would cost about $61,000 the first year to get all employees on the new wage scale, with a minimum of 3 percent increases, and double-digit increases for some employees. But, if effective in July, the cost would be about half for this year.
A separate ordinance will be prepared which would set the fire chief’s salary at $7,500 and the assistant chief’s salary at $2,500. Chief Chad Snyder now makes $3,000 annually and Assistant Chief Keith O’Flaherty makes $1,300 annually. The rates have not been changed for years.
Separately, council approved an emergency ordinance to provide a 100 percent, 15-year tax abatement to Hanon Systems USA., which has proposed an expansion of its Arrowhead Commerce Park building, creating 242 additional jobs.
The abatement was approved by the village school board last week and will be considered by the Wyandot County commissioners this week.
The tax break is on new construction and equipment. The company will pay Carey schools about $17,000 annually in lieu of the property taxes the district would have received from the proposed expansion.
The company already has a tax abatement on its existing plant, which has 139 employees.
Separately, the village has received a quote from Software Solutions Inc., Lebanon, Ohio, for a computer program upgrade for purchasing and requisition. Cost would be $11,000, an annual fee increase of $1,300, and a one-time $4,750 set-up fee.
Council also approved an emergency ordinance which sets a credit card policy for the village administration and department heads. There will be nine credit cards issued to village personnel for use “primarily for unusual circumstances,” Village Administrator Roy Johnson has said, when traveling to meetings, seminars and conferences.
Council gave a second reading to an ordinance which allows Assistant Village Administrator Nathan Curtis, when the administrator is absent, to advertise for bids and contract for the purchase of materials, supplies, insurance, equipment and services for village use.
Council also requested an ordinance be prepared for the next meeting for the purchase of two pickup trucks, at a cost between $23,000 and $25,000 each, which is below the state purchasing program cost.
One truck would be for recycling and the other for the wastewater treatment plant.
A verbal motion at the April 2 council meeting favored the purchase, but no legislation was presented Monday.
Separately, Worrello Street residents packed council chambers and discussed a desire to leave the street as is: a one-way street off Patterson toward the new school, with parking allwed on one side.
Some people do not have driveways and others have short drives which do not allow sufficient parking space.
Councilman Jacob Wentz recommended closing off a short section of the street near Subway, but Mayor Jenn Rathburn said she wants to talk with Carey school Superintendent Mike Wank before the next council meeting.
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