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Wednesday, January 09, 2013 2:04 PM

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DELPHOS — Residents on South Cass Street will soon get relief from poor water quality.

Delphos Safety Service Director Greg Berquist announced at Monday’s meeting Bunge North America East will allow the city to install a water line loop along the railroad tracks adjacent to Bunge.

Residents have been attending city council meetings on a regular basis hoping to get the matter resolved. They have been experiencing discolored water which affects laundry and drinkability.

Cass Street resident Mary Winhover was at Monday’s meeting.

“I am so glad this is going to be resolved,” she said. “I have been coming to meeting for four years. I have had to have my line flushed out every two weeks and a special filter system put in with filters I have to replace every month. It will be nice to just have water and not have to worry about it.”

Berquist said Poggemeyer Design Group has already been contacted for engineering on the project and he hopes it will be completed within the month.

Council rehired Clerk Marsha Mueller  and Deputy Clerk Sherryl George.

Council committee chairs stayed the same with Joseph Martz chairing the Finance Committee; Kevin Osting, the Legislation Committee; Josh Gillespie, the Safety Service Committee; Rick Hanser, the City Utilities Committee; Jim Fortener, the Thoroughfares Committee; Mark Clement, the Public Properties and Parks committees; and Jim Knebel, the Economic Development Committee.

Councilman Third Ward Knebel announced he would not be seeking reelection for his position. Council thanked him for his years of service.
Councilman First Ward Hanser announced at the final December meeting he would not be seeking reelection as well.

Auditor Tom Jettinghoff  submitted reports on the Water and Sewer funds. The Water Fund begins this year with a balance of $258,569 with projected expenses in 2013 of  $1,021,724, revenues of $2,237,525 and new debt of $1,309,950 for an estimated balance of $99,249 at the end of the 2013. Projects for 2013 include replacing high service pumps at $40,000 and the Cass Street water loop at $53,000.
The Sewer Fund begins with a balance of $1,224,514 with projected expenses of $1,898, 139, old debt of $396,705, new debt of $1,824,272 and revenues of $3,639,869 for an estimated balance of $801,552 at the end of 2013. Projects for 2013 include replacing $500,000 in membranes at the Wastewater Treatment plant.

City Law Director Clayton Osting gave his year-end report noting there were no active litigations in 2012 and one potential piece of litigation for 2013.

Berquist also requested council pass legislation retaining Glen Lause as city solicitor to be used when Law Director Osting has a conflict of interest with possible city issues.

Mayor Michael Gallmeier gave his annual State of the City Address. Read it in its entirety on page 3.

The next meeting has been  rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 22.


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