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CARTHAGE — The village Board of Trustees is reviewing a change in policy that would allow it to take into consideration issues other than low bid in procurement of goods and services.

The board will seek public input on the adoption of a best-value procurement policy at its Nov. 18 meeting.

“The lowest bidder is not always the best,” Trustee Michael F. Astafan said, adding developing a best-value policy would “circumvent” having to pick the lowest bid.

Village Attorney Mark G. Gebo said the policy would help to “distinguish between close bids,” taking into consideration “service and other factors — not just focusing on the lowest bid.”

At the request of library Executive Director Linda M. McCullough, the board also is considering reserving a handicapped-parking space in the northeast corner of the lot at the new main entrance of the library.

The action, if taken by the board, would require a public hearing before any vote.

The library public hearing will begin at 7:10 p.m. with the procurement policy hearing to follow.

Since the deadline has passed for the owner of 511 Adelaide St. to correct code violations, the board authorized the village Department of Public Works to handle the situation.

Following an evidentiary hearing last month, the board determined the property unsafe because of openings in the structure through which vermin and people could enter. The property, which once housed Wag Foods distribution center, is owned by Ricky W. Meyers of Phoenix. Cost of boarding up the building will be levied on Mr. Meyers’s village taxes.

The board authorized DPW to move ahead with the installation of sewer lines at 771 and 773 W. End Ave. It came to the village’s attention in July that the properties were not hooked up to the village sewer system and were using a private septic system.

However, village sewer use law requires all residents to connect to the system if it is available to them. In August, the village attorney notified property owner Charles King of the need to connect to the sewer system and now has a signed agreement to allow village employees onto the property to conduct the work. The village will cover the cost of the connection to the house and it will be the owner’s responsibility to install connections within the house.

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