CAREY — After 25 years, the village of Carey soon will be without Diana Dible as its account clerk.
Dible was recognized at Monday’s village council meeting by Mayor Steve Smalley, as today is her final day of work, although her last official day is June 1. The administrators and council gave her a standing applause for the work she has done over the years.
“There’s not been a dull moment,” Dible said. “It’s been a busy time and there’s always something to do. It was always interesting. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done, but now it’s time to spend more time with my family and that’s what I’m going to do. I want to be with them.”
Administrator Roy Johnson presented the council with a full slate of updates, leading off with the police station remodel update.
“Everything is supposed to be in Wednesday,” Police Chief Daniel Walter said. “Greg’s Electric Shop is supposed to be in (today) and we’ll be going wireless on our internet capabilities and those people should be in sometime this week.”
The station, along with other village entities, is undergoing a radio frequency change this week.
“It’s a (Federal Communications Commission) requirement that by Dec. 31 (2012) that we are down to 12.5 megahertz and band width,” Walter said. “Right now we operate on 50 megahertz. The whole county set this week as the time to change over.”
An insurance review was recently done by Johnson involving poles in the village.
“We had an accident back in February with one of our 69 poles,” Johnson said. “The driver hit it and did not have insurance and the expense will be about $12,000 to get it fixed. … We’re looking at designating some specific poles as ‘critical,’ including that one, along with a number of other poles. We won’t have to cover all 450 poles, but we would have coverage on a select few, like those that went down during the wind storm.”
He said about 10 poles will be given “critical” designations, while another 20 or so will also be included in the coverage.
After last meeting’s discussion on putting a fence around the West South Street creek area, an estimate came in at $4,225, along with some other problems.
“Part of that (resident’s) yard would be inside of the fence, so access for him would be hard (because) of the way the ground rolls into (the fence),” Public Works Director Brian Spencer said. “It would have to be a couple of feet back so there are no holes underneath. To keep it back, there’s going to be 3 to 4 feet of grass inside of it.”
“I was surprised that it was $4,200 to put that little bit of fence in,” Johnson said.
Johnson also reported that the village collected 5.4 tons of garbage at a cost of $870 during its recent spring clean-up.
Brought up by Johnson as an update and passed as an ordinance later in the meeting, the Cemetery Foundation upped its marker costs to a minimum of $210 each.
“We have a minimum price we pay for the headstones to be put on and we were collecting less money than we were paying,” Johnson said. “The ordinance is to bring it up to a minimum of $210.”
The two other ordinances passed on the evening had a suspension of the rules and final readings passed.
The first was to authorize Johnson to enter into a contract for the purchase of a new 2013 model police cruiser at state-term pricing, while the other authorized him to execute the second amendment of the 2008-10 non-pool power sales schedule with American Municipal Power from 2013-16.
At the end of the meeting, resident Don Stock brought up an issue with the recently placed street benches.
“We were at Splinter’s (Cafe) the other day, opened the car door and hit the bench with the car door,” he said. “I think they’re a little too close (to the road).”
“There’s no room to move them back,” Spencer said. “The walk is too close to the building to where if you set them back, you’re going to be impeding the walking and on the sidewalk.”
The council did say it would be looked into.
Due to its normal four-month summer schedule, it was said that the council will only meet on the third Monday from June through September.
By PATRICK MASSARA