CAREY -- Carey Council approved an ordinance Monday to increase fines for overtime parking and for parking in handicapped-designated spaces in downtown Carey.

The fine for overtime parking tickets will increase from $3 to $10, effective 30 days after council's approval of the ordinance, which should be Dec. 4.

If unpaid within 72 hours, the fine increases to $20, according to the ordinance.

The fine for parking in a handicapped-designated space, those with the blue handicapped symbol signs, will be between $250 to $500 per violation at the judge's discretion.

There is two-hour free parking in the business district, and parking in the handicapped-designated spaces requires a state-issued placard displayed on the rearview mirror.

Council hopes the increase in fines will discourage overtime and inappropriate, parking.

Councilman John Green voted against the legislation. He has said there are more important issues than parking tickets and the action is unnecessary.

Separately, Quality Lines Inc., Forest, was the low bidder among three submitted recently for 27 metal utility poles, which will replace wooden poles between Ogg Street and Waterworks Park electric substations. The company bid $259,000.

The metal poles are expected to last 20-25 years longer than wooden poles. Some of the wooden poles are 40 years old, village Administrator Roy Johnson has said. Work should be done within 90 days.

In September, council approved an emergency ordinance to allow Johnson to seek bids for improvements to the 69,000-volt electric transmission line in the village.

Also, Alpha Warehousing and Distribution, on Wyandot County 96, was the only bidder for 0.87 acre of village-owned property adjacent to the water well field near Waterworks Park. The company paid $15,000 for the property, appraised at $9,100. The company will construct a warehouse and lease it to Continental Structural Plastics, an adjacent manufacturing company.

Council approved an emergency ordinance accepting the bid, but council President Chad Kin voted against the ordinance. The appraisal was low, and the village could receive a higher price for the property, he said after the meeting.

Also, council approved an emergency ordinance to have village Administrator Roy Johnson continue as a member of the American Municipal Power Board of Trustees. The Columbus-based non-profit assists municipal electric systems with their wholesale power supply.

Last week, Johnson received the organization's "7 Hats Award" for his service to the group. Mayor Steve Smalley announced the award, which Gregg Orians, electric department superintendent, received four years ago.

Fall cleanup will be held Thursday throughout the village. There is a three-bag limit. Automobile parts, liquid paint and batteries will not be accepted. Dried paint will be taken.

There will be no Spring Grove cemetery cleanup by the village this fall, but the administration requested the public keep the area free of litter and debris until the village-sponsored spring cleanup.

Village offices will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. In case of emergency, contact the Carey Police Department at 419-396-7678. Recycling will be a day late next week, too.

Maurer: 419-427-8420, Send an e-mail to Jim Maurer

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