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Monday, June 03, 2013 9:42 PM


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DELPHOS — Rezoning legislation for property at 215 N. State St., Lot 903, owned by Stan Wiechart, from Residential 1 to Business 2 will go to third reading following more discussion from neighboring residents and Fischer Plumbing and Heating owner Jason Buettner.

West Street resident Dave Ricker read a statement to council outlining residents’ concerns with proposals from the growing business.

“There has been a significant increase in traffic, dirt and dust and noise in our neighborhood. There are portable toilets, trucks, pipes, overflowing trash dumpsters, a backhoe and various plumbing supplies scattered around the lot and against the buildings,” he read. “We are here today to ask this council to reject the zoning change request by the Wiecharts, who want to have their lot next door to Fischer’s rezoned to business so that Fischer Plumbing and Heating can purchase it to knock down the Wiechart house and expand their business even further into our residential neighborhood.”

Ricker went on to express concerns about increased risk of injury from accidents because of constant truck and heavy-equipment traffic and the presence of portable toilets, not only because of aesthetics but due to children playing and being inquisitive in the area.

Buettner also addressed council, providing a map of his and the adjacent Wiechart property. Buettner pointed to where his current location is and where a 60-by-80-foot steel building for shop space with room to park his company vehicles would be located on the Wiechart property if it is rezoned.

Buettner again stressed that he did look at existing properties zoned for business at the current time in Delphos and none had what he needed or were cost-prohibitive.

Councilman Joe Martz asked if had considered any decoration to the metal structure to make it more pleasing to the eye or if he had considered a wooden structure that would match his current building.

Buettner answered that he had not considered decor and that a wooden structure would be too expensive.

Council Rick Hanser revisited the traffic issue and asked if the main doors to the new structure would face State Street and if most of the business’s traffic could enter and exit from that street.

“I don’t know if I can honestly answer that,” Buettner said. “There would also be doors on the back and most of our traffic does exit the property through the alley out onto Second Street.”

He did add that he would consider a two-sided fence to obstruct the public view of the portable toilets he keeps on his current property.

The matter will be decided at the June 17 meeting.

Council heard on first reading an ordinance to approve the proposed 2014 Budget that needs to be filed with the county by July 15. The budget shows the General Fund with a $5,000 deficit at the end of 2014.

Also heard on first reading was an ordinance approving Stolly Insurance as the city’s provider of general, property and fleet insurance for July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The 1-year contract will be for $73,095, slightly less than last year’s premium.

Councilman Josh Gillespie asked how much less the figure was than last year. Jettinghoff said he would have to look it up and would have the information for the next meeting.

Council heard on second reading 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.” Amended language says: “No person shall be eligible to receive an original appointment on or after the person’s 41st birthday.”

Council went in to executive session to discuss possible litigation concerning the wastewater treatment plant and adjourned with no further business.



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