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Monday, July 15, 2013 9:15 PM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — Auditor Tom Jettinghoff presented a better picture of the city’s ending budget for Dec. 31, 2014, on Monday. Working with his own figures and those of Safety Service Director Greg Berquist, Jettinghoff’s tallies for 2014 came in at a $266,000 shortfall compared to preliminary figures of $700,000 in the red.

The figures did not include carryover or grant revenue.

Jettinghoff let council know he felt some measure on the ballot would be required to address the 2014 budget shortfall and beyond.

City administration will continue to work with the budget to find cuts to bring it in line.

This news came on the heels of council learning Reser Fine Foods at 1600 Gressel Drive will leave Delphos on Sept. 18. The food-processing plant uses nearly $400,000 in utilities and 104 employees will lose their jobs.

The lighting project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant was heard on first reading.

Berquist presented the project to council during a May Utilities Committee meeting. It consists of replacing old and outdated lighting at the Wastewater Treatment Plant with T-5 and T-8 bulbs.

“We have a huge amount of lighting at the plant and right now, they’re either all on or all off because it takes time for them to warm up,” he said. “I want to change out quite a few of them and use sensors in areas that don’t see a lot of traffic so the lights are only on if someone is in the room. If they need more light, they can flip a switch.”

Funds for the project will come from a recent AEP grant the city received from another energy-savings project.

“We received $66,000 from AEP in February and we can roll that into this one and perhaps get another rebate from this for a future project,” Berquist said. “I think any savings we can see from this will be worth it.”

Berquist reported Monday that the bids will have the project broken down in to categories.

“We can pick and choose and do the portions of the project that make sense,” Berquist said.

Council heard on second reading a measure allowing Berquist to apply for OPWC funds for an East Second Street capital improvement project from Douglas Street to Main Street. The proposed project is estimated at $188,757 with the city’s share $37,751.

Council passed legislation addressing residents who fail to maintain their properties to city ordinances. The proposed ordinance raises the charge to have uncontrolled vegetation growth removed by the city to include but not be limited to: $200 minimum for the first hour or any increment thereof and $100 for any hour any increment thereof after the first hour and a $50 administrative fee. Currently, the city does the work for $50 per hour and a $25 administrative fee.

Also passed was a resolution to donate one family season pass valued at $195 to Community Health Professionals for the annual banquet.

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

DELPHOS — Auditor Tom Jettinghoff presented a better picture of the city’s ending budget for Dec. 31, 2014 on Monday. Working with his own figures and those of Safety Service Director Greg Berquist, Jettinghoff’s tallies for 2014 came in at a $266,000 shortfall compared to preliminary figures of $700,000 in the red.

The figures did not include carryover or grant revenue.

 

Jettinghoff let council know he felt some measure on the ballot would be required to address the 2014 budget shortfall and beyond.

 

City administration will continue to work with the budget to find cuts to bring it in line.

This news came on the heels of council learning Reser Fine Foods at 1600 Gressel Drive will leave Delphos on Sept. 18. The food-processing plant uses nearly $400,000 in utilities and 104 employees will lose their jobs.

The lighting project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant was heard on first reading.

Berquist presented the project to council during a May Utilities Committee meeting. It consists of replacing old and outdated lighting at the Wastewater Treatment Plant with T-5 and T-8 bulbs.

“We have a huge amount of lighting at the plant and right now and they’re either all on or all off because it takes time for them to warm up,” he said. “I want to change out quite a few of them and use sensors in areas that don’t see a lot of traffic so the lights are only on if someone is in the room. If they need more light, they can flip a switch.”

Funds for the project will come from a recent AEP grant the city received from another energy-savings project.

“We received $66,000 from AEP in February and we can roll that into this one and perhaps get another rebate from this for a future project,” Berquist said. “I think any savings we can see from this will be worth it.”

Berquist reported Monday the bids will have the project broken down in to categories.

“We can pick and choose and do the portions of the project that make sense,” Berquist said.

Council heard on second reading a measure allowing Berquist to apply for OPWC funds for an East Second Street capital improvement project from Douglas Street to Main Street. The proposed project is estimated at $188,757 with the city’s share $37,751.

Council passed legislation addressing residents who fail to maintain their properties to city ordinances. The proposed ordinance raises the charge to have uncontrolled vegetation growth removed by the city to include but not be limited to: $200 minimum for the first hour or any increment thereof and $100 for any hour any increment thereof after the first hour and a $50 administrative fee. Currently, the city does the work for $50 per hour and a $25 administrative fee.

Also passed was a resolution to donate one family season pass valued at $195 to Community Health Professionals for the annual banquet.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:04 AM
 

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