By JIM MAURER
CAREY — The village of Carey has submitted a bid of $50,000 for about 9.3 acres at the former school site on East North Street. The village would initially use the property for green space.
The school board is expected to discuss the bid next week during its regular meeting. The district also is considering selling the property at an auction in September.
Village resident Don Stock on Monday told council the village does not need an additional park, and said the village is not in the real estate business. Instead, he suggested the money be used to fix downtown “streetscape” pavers, which have become uneven over the years.
Separately, council gave a second reading to an ordinance to accept a state Department of Transportation grant for replacement of the Ogg Street bridge in 2020.
The project is estimated at $380,000 and the village share is $90,300.
Only one lane of the bridge will be open until a new bridge is installed. Orange barrels are in place to block a portion of the road.
Separately, the administration and council are reviewing information submitted by four vendors for automated meter-reading equipment, to replace water and electric meters throughout the village. Village Administrator Roy Johnson said equipment costs ranged from $750,000 to $960,000 and additional fees ranged from $11,000 to $56,000 per year.
Council previously considered having an ordinance prepared to regulate panhandling in the village. But village Solicitor Jessica Monday suggested waiting on the issue until court cases are decided in other communities.
The issue is being contested as a freedom of speech issue, she said, and panhandling legislation has been rescinded in some communities.
Council approved a bid of about $174,167 submitted by Hohenbrink Excavating, Findlay, for the Arrowhead Commerce Park roadway improvement project. The work includes adding a left turn lane on Elm Hill Road (County Highway 98) and widening entrances for trucks to maneuver the turn into the industrial park.
Also, council approved a contract with Shelly Co., Findlay, which bid about $113,535 for the annual paving contract for village streets and alleys. Bids were opened earlier this month.
The work will include the unfinished portion of 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 and 648 W. Findlay St. will be milled and prepared before installation of an asphalt overlay.
Separately, village officials inspected a culvert on West South Street following the recent flash flooding and it was recommended that repairs be done to avoid further damage. A collapsing tile was removed, rip-rap was installed and temporary fencing was placed in the area. A sturdier fence installation is being sought before the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation shrine this weekend.
Johnson said additional sections of the culvert will be replaced as funds are available.
An Ohio Water Development Authority application has been submitted, seeking funds for plan design and a loan for replacement of the wastewater treatment plant. The project is estimated at more than $9.6 million. The village would repay the loan over 20 years.
Jones and Henry, a Toledo engineering company, will complete a design of the new plant. Bids are expected to be sought and construction is expected to begin next year.
Separately, maintenance of the interior and exterior of the Ogg Street water tower, which holds about 250,000 gallons, and the Waterworks Park water standpipe, which holds about 135,000 gallons, are necessary as no work has been done on either structure for three years.
Johnson said the estimated cost is $100,000 to $110,000. One tower would be shut down to have the interior refinished before the other would be shut down to have the exterior done.
Council also approved an ordinance which requires one notice, instead of two, for delinquent utility customers. The action will save the village several thousand dollars each billing cycle.
Anyone interested in being on the volunteer beautification committee should contact Johnson or Mayor Jennifer Rathburn.
The five-person committee will include a council member and four residents. The members will serve staggered terms, with one person having a three-year term. Two individuals will serve two-year terms and two individuals will serve one-year terms. The mayor will appoint the members.
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