By JIM MAURER
CAREY — The second manufacturing building in Arrowhead Commerce Park, Carey, has a new tenant. It was announced during Wednesday’s Carey Council meeting that Creative Plastic Concepts will locate in the structure.
The company, with operations in Findlay, Sycamore and Arizona, is seeking an enterprise zone designation which council will consider at the July 17 meeting. The designation provides tax incentives for the company for a specified number of years.
Initially, six employees will be hired in Carey. There are 80 employees in Sycamore and 60 in Findlay. Sam Kennedy is the chief executive officer, and the company reports $80 million in sales.
The company makes injection mold plastic products. Its products are in major retailers including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Uline, U.S. Plastic Corp., and Sears/Kmart, according to its website.
The company’s other manufacturing plants will remain in operation. The company was founded in Wyandot County in 2014.
Separately, council moved ahead with designing improvements to the village’s wastewater treatment plant. Council approved an emergency resolution to borrow funds through the state’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.
The design work is estimated at $1 million, while the new plant is estimated at nearly $9.6 million. The plant will be located on the existing site at South Wyandot Avenue and will use a portion of the plant, including the laboratory and administration building and upgrades made in 2001 and 2005.
Separately, council approved an emergency ordinance to allow village Administrator Roy Johnson to contract with the lowest and best bidder for the Continental Structural Plastics roadway improvement project. The improvements to about 1,925 feet of Wyandot County Highway 96 is for truck traffic in and out of Continental.
In a related matter, council approved an emergency ordinance to allow Johnson to apply to the State Infrastructure Bank for a short-term loan of about $327,000 to provide funds for the Wyandot County 96 improvements and improvements on Wyandot County Highway 98 (Elm Hill Road) into Arrowhead Commerce Park. A turn lane and widening of the road for truck traffic will be done.
The cost was previously estimated at $481,000, but the village received an additional $154,000 from a state Department of Transportation Jobs and Commerce grant. The village will pay a portion of the loan from village income tax collections placed in the capital improvement fund.
Bids for the Arrowhead Commerce Park road improvements will be opened July 19, while the Wyandot County Highway 96 road design is under review, Johnson said.
Council gave a first reading to an ordinance which eliminates a second mailing to late utility bill payers. The change will save the village about $2,000 annually in postage and related costs. As discussed at the June 19 meeting, employees will still hang the “shut off” notice tags at each location, providing an additional 24 hours to make payment. There are 350-400 mailings monthly to consistently late addresses, Johnson has said.
Also, council gave a second reading to an ordinance to allow Johnson to contract with the lowest and best bidder for preparation and paving of several alleys and streets. Work will be done this year.
The village has $110,000 to $120,000 appropriated for the work.
The list includes: the unfinished portion of East North Street, from Vance to Patterson streets; North Muncie Street, from West Findlay to West North streets, and North Lake Street, from West Findlay to West North streets. An alley located behind 502 W. Findlay and 648 W. Findlay streets will be milled and prepared before an asphalt overlay.
A second reading also was given to an ordinance to establish a village beautification committee. Mayor Jennifer Rathburn will select the members, with council approval. The five-member committee will include a council member.
Separately, Rathburn will hold a planning committee meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in council chambers. The group reviews various aspects of village operations.
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