Carey council raises stink over gas bill

CAREY The issue of gas caused quite a stink Monday night at Carey council meeting.

The council questioned a high fuel charge on the monthly bills, which totaled $5,300. Village administrator Roy Johnson said the bill generally hovers around $4,000 but stressed that sometimes the fuel supplier gets behind in billing and it could just be a six-week bill instead of a four-week bill.

Councilman Mike Blair asked that the village look into the bill and report back at next month’s council meeting.

Blair was the reason behind some of the council’s votes not passing unanimously Monday night.

Blair, who was vocal at the last meeting about the village purchasing a new bucket truck instead of possibly leasing, voted against the village purchasing a truck. Members voted after Johnson reported it was the best fiscal option for the village after doing the research Blair requested at the previous meeting.

The council passed the ordinance, 5-1, which calls for the village to trade in its old bucket truck and purchase a new 2014 4×4 Dodge cab and chassis that is to be outfitted with a Versalift 47-foot aerial lift at a total cost of $125,050.

The village also approved, by a 4-2 vote, with Blair and John Green voting against it, to increase electric rates 2 percent each of the next four years, starting on bills after Dec. 15.

Council approved unanimously an electrical pole line repair from the Ogg Street substation to the Waterworks Park substation plus the feed line that goes from there to the AEP switch station on CR 96. Johnson estimated about 27 poles needed to be replaced. The poles are more than 40 years old and a recent inspection showed they were deteriorating.

Council tabled a resolution involving an increase in insurance contributions from police and fire department employees after Blair asked to see some more numbers on the measure.

Council also tabled a measure to increase parking ticket rates.

The rail crossing on East Finley will be closed all week as CSX repairs potholes in the crossing.

Wyandot County Health Department is to offer flu shots 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Carey EMS building.

The Gateway flagpole dedication is to take place Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. prior to the homecoming football game.

Council established trick-or-treat to run from 6-7:30 p.m. on Halloween.

The meeting marked the end of Carey’s summer council schedule. Starting in October, meetings will resume on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m.