By JIM MAURER
Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday to contract with Carey schools for a second school resource officer through the village police department.
The village will pay 25 percent of the salary plus benefits, while the school district will pay 75 percent of the salary.
The emergency ordinance was necessary to be effective before the start of school on Aug. 20.
Also Monday, an ordinance was approved to vacate a portion of the right of way on Crawford Township Highway 96, known as Sheepshed Road within the village, and accept a permanent utility easement from Vaughn Equities, which is overseeing development of the property.
The area is the future site of a new medical clinic being constructed for Blanchard Valley Health Systems. The clinic is expected to open in the summer 2019.
Separately, council approved a motion allowing the administration to review phone companies and information technology companies, under separate contracts. The administration will move ahead with the selection of each firm, following council’s motion.
Several companies are being considered to handle information technology services, instead of an individual, because of increased need for safety and security of an expanded system, accessible in all departments, village Administrator Roy Johnson said.
The administration is also considering repairs and a maintenance agreement with SUEZ/Water Advance Solutions, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, for work on the two village water towers. The work would cost $1 million to $1.2 million, and an annual maintenance agreement would cost about $42,000 initially.
New water towers are estimated at $4 million. The Ogg Street tower was constructed in 1958 and the stand pipe in Waterworks Park is more than 100 years old.
Residents recently began paying the fourth 20 percent increase on their water bill, implemented yearly to improve the account’s financial balance. The administration is considering an additional water rate hike or a flat $15 monthly infrastructure fee which could be used for a variety of projects.
Separately, council tabled an agreement for village income tax collection with the City of Findlay Income Tax Department.
The contract will cost an estimated $24,000-$26,000 annually, council was previously told by Andrew Thomas, income tax administrator for Findlay. That estimate is about half what the village has paid in recent years to the City of Cleveland Central Collection Agency, Division of Taxation.
The ordinance was tabled because it did not include an emergency clause to enable it to be effective immediately.
An ordinance with an emergency clause will be considered by council at its Aug. 20 meeting.
Council also gave a second reading to an ordinance which changes the closing hour for village parks from midnight to 10 p.m. The village has a 10 p.m. curfew for teens 16 and under.
The administration may grant exceptions to the closing time, such as for a wedding reception.
Bids for replacement of the South Vance Street sanitary sewer lift station will be opened Aug. 22, Johnson said. It will be the last of five lift stations to be replaced over the years.
The project is estimated at $367,000 and the village received a $226,000 state Public Works Commission grant. The village will pay the remainder.
Work on fence installation on South Street, where a sinkhole developed, will be done Wednesday through Friday this week, said Brian Spencer, public works supervisor.
Council approved Kathryn Collins as village solicitor. She has been an attorney for 20 years and been a prosecutor in Upper Sandusky Municipal Court for 15 years.
She replaces Jessica Monday, who resigned effective Aug. 1 because of increased business in her private law practice.
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