|Council waits to consider rezoning State Street property|
|Monday, May 20, 2013 10:12 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — Delphos City Council will continue to consider rezoning property at 215 N. State St., Lot 903 from Residential 1 to Business 2.
The ordinance was scheduled for emergency passage but a public hearing prior to the council meeting on the rezoning issue raised questions from council.
During the hearing, Stan Wiechart, owner of the property to be rezoned if council approves, said he would like to sell his property to Fisher Plumbing and Heating, owned by Jason Buettner, so the locally-owned business can expand.
“I would like to see Fishers get this property to retain and enhance their business,” Wiechart said.
Buettner explained his business is growing and he needs to expand.
“I need more room and it’s easiest to buy the lot next door and move in that direction,” Buettner said. “I will tear the house down and stone the lot at first, with the intention to build a structure on a lot to house vehicles.”
Councilman Rick Hanser asked Buettner to be more specific about the structure that would be built on the site. Buettner described it as shop space with room to park his company vehicles.
Councilman Kevin Osting asked if Buettner’s workers could try not use the north-south alley west of the business. Buettner replied that his workers will be using the alley but only as much as they do now, noting is was a public alleyway.
Several residents with contiguous property to the proposed property to be rezoned and other neighbors spoke at the public hearing.
Joellen Etgen at 827 W. Second St., asked council to consider what was good for the city and if there was another property already zoned for business that would suit Buettner’s needs.
Karen Youngpeter asked if the business’s portable toilets would be visible.
“A lot of us are concerned with the way it looks,” she said. “We’re also concerned that expanding will bring more traffic and with a stone lot, more dust.”
Safety Service Director Greg Berquist asked if the new structure would be large enough to hold the portable toilets. Buettner said he would like nothing more that to have them enclosed and was considering some fencing at the back of the business to keep the toilets from public view and the possibility of vandalism.
Other neighbors expressed their concern of property values and the loss of more residential space.
Dave Ricker of 204 N. West St., said he thought it was great Buettner’s business was growing was wanted to project what the neighborhood currently is.
His wife, Sue Ricker, agreed.
“Business growth is important,” she said. “Just not in a residential area.”
Hanser asked Buettner if he felt the additional property with new structure would be enough or if Buettner would look for more.
“I would hope I never stop growing but I’m not looking to buy any more property,” he said. “I did look at some existing buildings but there are none that would suit my needs that someone wants to sell.”
The ordinance will be read for a second time at the June 3 meeting.
Washington Township will again receive fire protection and rescue services from the city following the approval of an ordinance allowing the mayor and/or safety service director to enter a contract with the township for $32,782.76 for 2014 (1.5 percent high than the 2013 contract); $33,110,59 (1 percent increase) for 2015; and $33,441.70 (1 percent increase) for 2015. The contract takes effect on Jan. 1.
The Cass Street Water Loop Project, described as a “moving target” at May’s first Delphos City Council meeting, has seen some progress in a positive direction.
Berquist informed council he has been in contact with rail officials who have received the city’s application for the project and in turn, will forward two contracts for city officials to sign.
“After those documents are signed and we obtain a $6-million insurance policy for the 3-5 days we’ll be working on the rail land, we can get All Purpose Contracting All Purpose Contracting started on the job,” Berquist said. “I look for all the paperwork to be done by the end of the month.”
The project bid came in at $34,828, nearly $10,000 under the projected project cost.
Council passed on emergency measure an ordinance amending section 145.03 of the codified ordinances for the city modifying the age requirement for firefighter in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code. The section will now include language stating, “No person shall be eligible to receive an original appointment as a firefighter in the fire department, subject to the civil service laws of this state, unless the person is between the ages of 18 and 41.” The ordinance did read ... “between the ages of 18 and 36.”
Council also heard and passed on third reading an ordinance for the adoption of replacement pages to the city’s codified ordinances to conform with state law and approved changes to the Civil Service Rules and Regulations Chapter 7.