Carey receiving $226K public works grant

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

CAREY — Carey will receive a state grant to replace a sanitary sewer lift station on South Vance Street.

The state Public Works Commission awarded the village about $226,000 for the estimated $367,000 project. The village will pay the remainder.

The village has been waiting for confirmation of the grant before moving ahead.

Design work is nearly complete, village Administrator Roy Johnson told council this week.

On a related matter, council approved submitting a grant application for another project during the next round of Public Works Commission grants. Johnson mentioned a waterline or a drainage culvert project as possibilities.

Separately, design of a new wastewater treatment plant is nearly complete, Johnson said.

“An in-depth review of ‘final’ plan details is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, in Toledo,” he said. Jones and Henry, a Toledo engineering firm, is handling the design. Village personnel will attend the session.

“I believe we’re almost there,” Johnson said about moving ahead with the estimated $9.6 million project.

A village park board meeting was held prior to this week’s council meeting. Dario Troiano, council representative on the park board, reported to council that it would cost an estimated $40,000 to replace light bulbs and move utility poles beyond the outfield fence. The poles are now within the playing field. There are no night games played at the Memorial Park diamond, he said, and the funds could be better used on other projects.

Separately, there has been illegal dumping at the village compost area, including a large load of roof shingles. The village will have to pay to have the material taken to the county landfill. Council discussed installation of a gate and/or security cameras, but took no action.

On another issue, the park board recommended a change from midnight to 10 p.m. for village park closing hours. Some communities have a dawn-to-dusk time period for park operating hours, Mayor Jenn Rathburn said.

Carey Police Chief Rich Kesler said there is a 10 p.m. curfew for 16-year-olds and younger youth.

Kesler said there has been vandalism in recent weeks at several of the village parks.

Maurer: 419-427-8420

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