Carey gets relief on electric bill

CAREY It may be downright chilly this winter but thanks to the generosity of AMP, Carey and many other municipalities won’t be left out in the cold when it comes to the bill.

It was shared at the Carey Village Council meeting Monday night that everybody in the region had a higher bill because of congestion on the grid, and last month’s electric bill checked in at $817,000 for Carey.

Administrator Roy Johnson said AMP is allowing Carey and other municipalities to break about 35 percent of that off and pay it over six months.

The village usually has a bill of $450,000 to $500,000 a month so even the $535,000 payment will be above the norm. Johnson said AMP recognizes municipalities couldn’t take a financial hit like that in one lump sum.

“They had so many people trying to use the wires at the same time they had to change some of the routes,” Johnson said. “That level of congestion in the electric grid is unusual but can be offset by special contracts known as ‘remaining requirements’ and we are looking into that to avoid future events like this. You’ll probably see an ordinance on that in the future.”

All electric contracts in the village will see an increase in their bills as well in that time frame.

“So everybody will still pay the bill, it’s just a matter of spreading it out over time,” Johnson said.

The topic of stationary bins for recycling in town came up again. Johnson had said at a previous meeting there is a potential for the village to get some bins if the village was approved for a grant. He also suggested they could be placed behind the Senior Depot due to some success in them being there around the holidays.

That suggestion struck a nerve in the community and Johnson wanted to clear up any confusion. He said if the grant was approved and the village received these recycling bins, it would not change curbside recycling. It would still continue.

He also stressed the location was merely a suggestion, adding that some other potential locales have been presented to the village.

Johnson said the bins, if approved, should go where they will be seen regularly. He said the success of the bins behind Senior Depot was because they saw little abuse in large part because of the high visibility.

Other locations suggested thus far would not be as prominent, could have fewer hours because they would be fenced in or cost the village more money due to having to pay someone to keep an area open longer.

Johnson also announced performance reviews were taking place this month for village employees.