By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Hanon Systems, an automotive parts supplier, has chosen Carey for an expansion, Carey Mayor Jenn Rathburn told Village Council on Wednesday.
News of the planned expansion comes from Greg Moon, director of the Wyandot County Office of Economic Development, Rathburn said.
In April, council approved an emergency ordinance to provide a 100 percent, 15-year property tax abatement to Hanon Systems USA, which has proposed an expansion of its Arrowhead Commerce Park building and the creation of 242 additional jobs.
The abatement also was approved by the village school board and the Wyandot County commissioners.
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 expansion.
The company already has a tax abatement on its existing plant, which has 139 employees.
Work is expected to begin this year and be completed for production to begin in late 2019 or early 2020, Rathburn said.
Separately, council approved an emergency ordinance Wednesday to establish a parking violations bureau overseen by Upper Sandusky Municipal Court, which handles non-criminal misdemeanor cases for the village.
Village Administrator Roy Johnson said the issue was discussed several years ago and most of the necessary paperwork was completed, except an appeals board. The legislation allows for the board.
Prior to the meeting, Police Chief Rich Kesler said it won’t change how the police department handles tickets or the collection of fines locally.
Several years ago, a Michigan court case about a parking ticket challenge caused Carey to quit writing parking tickets. But recently, the village has resumed writing tickets.
Separately, council gave second readings to a pair of ordinances. One would increase the annual pay of Fire Chief Chad Snyder from $3,000 to $7,500 and Assistant Fire Chief Keith O’Flaherty from $1,300 to $2,500.
The other ordinance sets wage ranges for village employees.
Separately, a leak in the municipal pool has delayed its opening, originally set for Friday, Johnson said.
A portion of the pool had to be drained so employees could find the source of the leak and make repairs. Three sidewall seams were leaking.
The pool will be filled today and a county health department inspection will be done Friday. Opening is expected to be Saturday.
Admission fees will be the same as 2017. The pool will be open 1-7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Separately, the village and the Crawford Township trustees will have two sections of Township Highway 100, within the village limits, resurfaced.
The village’s share will be about $5,000. The area is off East Findlay Street.
Next week, in observance of Memorial Day, village offices will be closed Monday, except the police department. Curbside recycling will be done a day later throughout the week, with the west side on Tuesday, east side on Wednesday and cardboard collected throughout the village Thursday.
Also, Rathburn will talk with Carey school Superintendent Mike Wank about a potential new one-way road leading from the school to Vance Street to alleviate some of the traffic congestion after school.
She will also discuss making Blue Devil Parkway, a two-way road through Memorial Park, one-way into the school property during school hours to alleviate some of the traffic congestion coming onto school grounds in the morning.
Separately, the administration will get cost estimates for computer software and the hiring of an employee to handle village income tax forms.
The village has paid a City of Cleveland department to handle the service for the past three years.
While it has provided some cost savings, the administration and residents have not appreciated the service provided by the company.
Also, Johnson said the village has purchased 10 replacement automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for police cruisers, the municipal building, municipal pool, electric department bucket trucks, public works department trucks and the public works shop.
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