By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council approved an ordinance authorizing village Administrator Roy Johnson to contract for street paving this year.
The resurfacing list includes: North Patterson Street between East Findlay Street and National Avenue; Ogg Street near the water tower to alleviate damage from truck traffic, and May Street between Newhard and Brayton streets.
The village has about $80,000 earmarked for street paving this year.
Separately, council heard about a change in the traffic pattern at the school on South Vance Street to help alleviate congestion experienced when classes began last month. The plan utilizes Memorial Park, adjacent to the school, and additional access locations. Signs have been posted in the park, and two entrances were installed from the park’s parking lot to the school’s north parking lot.
As a result, the road from the Worrello Street entrance in the park to Glenn Avenue has been named Blue Devil Parkway.
Elementary students are dropped off from Vance Street. High school student drivers and individuals dropping off high school students enter from either Glenn Avenue or through Memorial Park on Blue Devil Parkway.
The village and the school district will split the $12,000 cost to widen the road through the park, paving, and striping the parking lot at the high school baseball field for additional parking.
The village and school district are collaborating on a “Safe Routes to School” state grant through the department of transportation, which may provide funds for sidewalks/bike paths through the park.
Mayor Armand Getz said “if ever there was a reason” for such a grant “this is it.”
Getz also announced an “interim projects committee” to prioritize village projects for the next three years and have funds appropriated to cover the expenditures. The committee will include Getz, Jennifer Rathburn, council president; Chase Fletcher, council member; Brian Spencer, public works supervisor; Johnson; James Knox and Dan Hark, village residents.
The committee will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Getz said he hopes some decisions will be made soon enough to include projects in the 2017 appropriations, which will be considered in January.
Some of the items he mentioned were automatic meter readers, space for the recently ordered new fire truck and land purchase for cemetery expansion.
The village received a letter from Patterson Higgins, a Findlay attorney representing former Law Director Robert T. Maison, who requested about $9,100 owed Maison for the remainder of this year. Maison was named law director in January 2012 and reappointed in March, but was dismissed in July by Getz, who became mayor following Steve Smalley’s death.
Getz said the issue was referred to attorneys with the village’s insurance company.
“We’re 100 percent confident we’ve done everything correctly,” he said.
In other business:
- Utility bills mailed in July caused some residents to complain. Additional billing dates and high temperatures were reasons for the higher-than-usual bills, Johnson said. Public works crews were busy with water main breaks and unable to read the meters in a timely manner for bills to be determined on the usual 30-day cycle. While some bills were 11 days more than 30, others were eight days less.
- Council agreed to purchase six Samsung tablet computers for council members. Cost will be about $3,660.
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