By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey Council gave second reading to an electric rate ordinance which will result in no increase for residential customers.
At the June 3 meeting, council brought the issue off the table and gave it first reading.
John Courtney, owner of Courtney and Associates, a Findlay-based utility consulting company, discussed his recommendations with council and the administration at the meeting earlier this month.
The ordinance will increase the kilowatt per hour energy charge, but will eliminate the Power Supply Cost Adjustment charge, so a residential bill will remain the same. The legislation also will limit electric customers on the village’s system to a maximum of less than 10 kilowatt hours of electricity generated by solar panels or pay a higher rate.
Council also approved a motion to have legislation prepared to allow low-speed (under 25 mph) utility vehicles to be licensed following inspection by the police department. Similar action was taken for golf carts years ago and so far there are 18 golf carts which have been approved by the department.
Separately, Chad Kin, property maintenance officer and a former councilman, was supposed to provide an update for council on conditions around the village. But instead, village Assistant Administrator Nathan Curtis said Kin submitted his resignation Monday. So, village personnel will be seeking a replacement.
Also, construction contracts for the wastewater (sanitary sewer) treatment plant upgrade are ready for Peterson Construction, Wapakoneta, Curtis said, once the funding contracts are finalized in the next week. Construction funding of about $10 million has been approved by Ohio Water Development Authority, but the village is waiting for those contracts, too.
The village will pay about $488,000 annually on the 25-year loan, with an average interest rate of 0.98 percent.
Council also reviewed a draft of an annexation agreement between Crawford Township Board of Trustees and Vaughn Equity Services, owners of about 14.3 acres on the west side of Crawford Township Highway 96.
As part of the agreement, the proposed property will not be excluded from the township. The village will provide water, sewer and electric service, police and fire protection; and all dedicated roads which meet the village’s subdivision regulations will be maintained within the annexed area.
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