|Cass Street water line bid accepted|
|Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:38 AM|
Cass Street resident Mary Winhover was on hand to question if the work would be done by the May billing when water rates go up.
“We are already paying top dollar for bad water,” she said. “We are going to be really disappointed if this issue is not fixed when the water rates go up.”
Safety Service Director Greg Berquist said the work should be completed within 60 days.
“All Purpose has 30-60 days to reshoot the water line with a camera,” Berquist said. “The actual job of putting in the loop should only take 2-3 days.”
Councilman Jim Knebel questioned the decreased income tax collection for the first quarter of 2013.
Fellow Councilman Mark Clement said he would like to see the Finance Committee meet in the next month or so if the collections don’t come back in line.
“If this continues, we need to address this as soon as possible,” Clement said.
Clement also asked if any of the additional funds Allen County received from gambling proceeds would make their way to Delphos. Berquist told Clement the distribution of gambling proceeds is completely up to the counties.
Berquist told council he has been working with Aspen Energy to negotiate a reduced electricity rate for city buildings that do not qualify for the First Energy discounts. First Energy is the provider for the city’s electrical aggregation program. Along that line, Berquist also told council an audit at the wastewater treatment plant found that mercury lighting at the plant was in use approximately 10 hours per day because the lighting takes so long to come on. He said the $66,000 the city recently received from American Electric Power will be used for the project.
“Once we complete replacing them, we can file with AEP again for a rebate for energy efficiency and receive more money for similar projects,” he said.
Berquist added that he has found 100 street lights that are unnecessary in the city. He enlisted the assistance of the police department in determining at least 71 of those could be eliminated without impacting traffic or pedestrians.
“We have seen a significant rise in our street lighting costs. It was $55,000 just two years ago and now its $71,000,” Berquist said.
Work at the water treatment plant is nearly completed. A few pumps are all that stands in the way of the completion of the By-Pass Improvement Project at Waterworks Park.
Council approved on emergency measure transferring $90,000 from the Water Improvement Fund to the CDBG Clearwell By-Pass Improvement Fund to cover the cost of bills that will arrive shortly, according to Berquist.
The city received $194,500 from the Community Development Block Grant for the project.
Council also approved applying for a Water Supply Revolving Loan for the upcoming Gressel Drive Water Loop Project. The estimated cost for the installing the water loop for improved water quality and fire protection if $144,000. Berquist said based on recent bids for similar projects the cost could be quite a bit lower.
The loop will tie into the main water line in Heritage Meadows.
Council was presented changes to the city’s Civil Service rules for review. A vote will be taken at the next meeting at 7 p.m. April 15.