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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:00 PM

By NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — Mayor Michael Gallmeier spent the weekend putting together an income survey for a Community Development Block Grant to pave North Main Street from Tenth to Thirteenth streets.

“We have been trying to get this paved since 2010,” Gallmeier explained. “This is a moderate- to low-income neighborhood and hope it’s eligible for the grant.”

 

The cost of the project is projected at $38,525 with the city’s share estimated at $7,705 (20 percent).

 

Delphos City Council suspended the rules Monday evening and passed on emergency measure an ordinance authorizing the safety service director to enter into an agreement with Allen County for the purpose of receiving the CDBG funds from the county. The vote was 6-1 with Councilman Mark Clement casting the dissenting vote.

Applications are due May 4.

Delphos will not be a recipient of a SAFER Grant this year. The city received a letter of regret from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, explaining that Delphos was among 1,500 applicants and to try again for the 2014 grant.

The city will also entertain a proposal from Ohio Insurance Agency, Inc., representing the Ohio Public Entity Consortium Healthcare Cooperative (OPEC-HC) for the city’s employee healthcare plan. Megan Toitch of Ohio Insurance addressed council, outlining the consortium’s benefits.

“We have more than 250 members, including townships, villages, cities and counties,” Toitch said. “We have a strong financial base geared toward cost containment for renewals and our members are exempt from the market share fee associated with the Affordable Care Act. That percentage this year is 2.5 and could be as high at 5 percent by 2018.”

Toitch said she would need a census, the city’s current plan design and current rates. The consortium’s first renewal is July 1.

Administrative Assistant and Insurance Board member Sherryl George said Ohio Insurance had approached the city several years ago and the reason the decision was made to not join the consortium was because an administration fee negated any savings the city would have seen from membership.

“We do have an administration fee,” Toitch said. “I don’t know exactly what it is but I will get that information to you as soon as possible.”

Council Del Kemper expressed concern about the overflow at the Delphos-Gillmor Reservoir. Some time during the winter months, the overflow structure was damaged and/or moved.

“We will get someone in here to look at that as soon as the water level goes down a little bit,” Gallmeier said. “The reservoir is too full right now to have that looked at.”

Clement wanted to make sure the mayor was aware of what he believed was an unsafe structure on Main Street.

“The back of this building looks bad,” Clement said. “Who takes care of that?”

Gallmeier said an engineer would have to be brought in to declare the building unsafe.

“Does the owner know about it?” Clement asked.

“I would think they do,” Gallmeier replied. “We can send them a letter.”

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:54 PM
 

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