By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday to establish parking infractions for the village, and a parking violations bureau.
Village police officers have not been writing parking tickets in recent years because of a challenge to state law in Port Clinton. But now the state Legislature has rectified the issue, and council wants to restore police authority.
Council also approved a separate emergency ordinance to amend various ordinances to conform with the new parking regulations.
The actions were necessary so village police can write tickets, and fines can be collected for overtime parking and other parking infractions. Fines will be paid at the police station.
The parking violations bureau will serve as an appeals board and decide issues when someone contests a ticket.
Separately, village Administrator Roy Johnson said the new Pierce aerial ladder/pumper fire truck was ordered Sept. 12 and will be delivered in about 14 months. The vehicle will be at the station for training and outfitting before it is put into use.
Separately, the village’s medical and dental insurance through Buckeye Ohio Risk Management Association, a consortium of 13 municipalities, will be renewed for 2017. The village will cover the cost of $40,245, including $39,267 for medical, a 10.28 percent increase.
Mayor Armand Getz said the village will cover the cost instead of passing a portion on to employees, because there were no pay raises this year.
Johnson also updated council on several projects. A bid recommendation is expected by Oct. 17 for the electric substation upgrade across from Continental Structural Plastics. The federal Economic Development Administration will provide about $1.5 million in grants. The project is estimated at about $1.38 million.
Also, bids are nearly ready for the Arrowhead Commerce Park road access improvements.
Advertisements for bids to complete the village road paving also are being done.
Bids are slated to be opened at 2 p.m. Sept. 27. Council will consider the bids at its next meeting Oct. 3.
Bid documents are being prepared for two sanitary sewer lift stations and a control panel. The project is estimated at $274,000 and a state grant will fund $164,000 and the village will pay the remainder.
Council also approved a motion to retain Brianna Woldrich, a Carey High School student serving as an assistant part-time clerk. She is developing a computer listing of cemetery plots at Spring Grove Cemetery. Eventually, the program will allow people to search the records and view grave markers.
Separately, the administration recognized Chris Rader, tax administrator/utility supervisor, and Gregg Orians, electric department, for a combined 66 years of service. Rader retired Aug. 30 and Orians will retire Sept. 30.
Brian Spencer, public works supervisor, will seek a pickup truck to replace a vehicle used for recycling. If he can find one for less than $25,000 “in decent shape and reasonable miles,” it may be purchased before the next council meeting. The existing truck would be used by the public works department.
Stop signs on High Street, at South Street, will be removed soon to increase traffic movement in the area, which is now a four-way stop.
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