By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday terminating an agreement with Central Collection Agency, Division of Taxation, Cleveland, for handling village income tax payments.
The agency handled the village’s income tax collection for the past two years.
But with a July 1 deadline looming to begin a third year, council took the action, effective immediately, to terminate the annual agreement.
A letter notifying the company of council’s action will be sent today by village Solicitor Jessica Monday.
At its June 4 meeting, council voiced support for the action after residents complained about the Cleveland department’s tactics, payments not being received, additional bills being sent, and long waits for assistance when personnel come to the village to assist residents with filing tax forms.
The vote came after a presentation by Andrew Thomas, income tax administrator for Findlay, about the city handling Carey’s village income tax collection. The tax department already handles Arlington, Mount Cory and Vanlue income tax collections.
Thomas said the cost to Carey would be about $24,000-$26,000 annually. Carey income tax forms would be available on the City of Findlay’s website, and the village would pay an initial start-up charge to set up the information online for village residents’ use. The village paid the Cleveland department about $50,000 annually.
While Findlay employees would not travel to Carey to assist residents, Thomas said the Findlay department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Carey residents could stop in for assistance.
No action was taken by council on an agreement with Findlay, but council and the administration did have a contract prepared by Findlay officials to review. Legislation is expected to be considered at the July 2 council meeting.
Alisha Wentz, village fiscal officer, Mayor Jenn Rathburn, village Administrator Roy Johnson and the assistant village administrator, Nathan Curtis, have been involved in discussions about a possible changeover.
On another “emergency” matter, a sinkhole opened over the enclosed West South Street storm water drainage culvert, which affected a gas company truck parked there, Johnson said. As a result, a contract will be sought for repairs.
A fence will be installed around the area and no parking will be allowed nearby.
The village has about $962,000 in the storm water utility, funded with a $9 monthly charge on utility bills.
Separately, Rathburn broke a 3-3 tie on a motion to barricade the back entrance/exit to the high school parking lot and make the road through Memorial Park one-way toward the school.
Council members Dario Troiano, Chase Fletcher and Jacob Wentz voted for the action, while council President Anthony Fletcher and council members Bob Styer and Mellisa Cole voted against the idea. Anthony Fletcher said one or the other methods should be tried, but not both, which was echoed by Cole. Styer said there was no need for a change.
Rathburn said she spoke with Mike Wank, school superintendent, who said the school board did not favor construction of a proposed new road from the school angled further down South Vance Street, away from the school. The road would have been one-way from the school to assist exiting the property.
Wank said the school board did not favor a one-way road through the park, either.
Rathburn said the changes should be tried for six months to increase pedestrian and traffic safety in the area. It will provide time to evaluate the situation. The one-way situation through the park would be for an hour before school and an hour after school. Signs will be posted.
It’s a cheaper alternative than widening the road and installing curbs, Johnson and Rathburn said.
Separately, Tamela “Tammy” Orians, Carey, was selected to fill the vacant assistant clerk’s position in the utility office. She will begin split work between the utility office and the administrative offices, Rathburn said. Orians will begin July 9 at an hourly wage of $14.75. There were 51 applicants for the position.
Village offices will be closed, except the police department, on Wednesday, July 4, for the holiday. The Wednesday cardboard recycling will be a day later next week. Regular curbside recycling will be done on Monday and Tuesday, July 1-2.
Monday’s meeting was a week later than usual. The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 2, the regular meeting day. The village’s park board will meet at 6 p.m., prior to the council meeting July 2.
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