|Water bills a shock to some; council faces concerns about downtown building|
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — Residents’ water bills may have come as a surprise this month. Mayor Michael Gallmeier addressed the issue at Monday’s council meeting.
“Due to the weather, some residents’ bills were estimated because we didn’t have time to read all the meters,” Gallmeier said. “People need to also remember that if they had to leave a faucet drip to avoid frozen pipes, their bill may be a little higher and there were more than 90 days between some of the readings.”
Gallmeier said for those who were estimated, an average was taken of the last year’s readings.
Councilman Mark Clement inquired about the status of a building in the 300 block of North Main Street with what appears to be an unstable wall in rear of the building along the Miami-Erie Canal.
“We have sent the owner a letter,” newly-hired Safety Service Director Shane Coleman said. “The letter went out Friday and the owner has three days to respond.”
Councilman Andy Knueve asked what the next step entails.
“If the owner doesn’t respond, we will give them a citation and go to court. In the meantime, we will hire an engineer to take a look at the building and give us a report on if it is a safety hazard or not,” Gallmeier said. “We will have to spend about $5,000 before we even get to some kind of action.”
Fire Chief Kevin Streets said he believes the issues with the bricks on the exterior of the building do create a hazard for anyone walking or driving down the alley behind the building. He added that he couldn’t comment further on the shape of the building as a whole because he was not an engineer and didn’t know what to look for.
Councilman Kevin Osting inquired as to the status of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“We heard about all the problems for months on end and all of a sudden it just stopped,” Osting said. “What’s going on and what’s the status of the problems we are having?”
Gallmeier said he would have a presentation at the next meeting and hoped to have heard from Poggemeyer Engineers as to a possible solution or the next step that should be taken.
Council received several requests for citizens’ comments. Canal Days Core Committee member Tony Wehri presented the usual request for the use of city property for the annual celebrate set for Sept. 18-21 this year. The committee requests the use of Main Street from Fifth to First streets, Third Street from Washington to Canal streets and Fourth Street from Washington to Canal streets. For the parade on Sunday of the event, Second Street will also be blocked off from State Street east to St. John’s Schools.
Other street closures and/or monitoring are needed for the 5K on Sunday morning and the Cruise-In on Saturday evening.
The city also provides a roll-off from Allen County Refuse; bleachers for the Battle of the Businesses, Corn Hole Tournament, Kiddie Tractor Pull and parade; and picnic tables for festival-goers.
The Mini Relay for Life is set for Friday with committee heads requesting by letter the closure of Pierce Street from Fifth to First streets and Fourth Street from Franklin to Pierce. The rain date is Monday.
Delphos Veterans Council member Rick Schuck also requested a street closure for approximately 15 minutes on Memorial Day for the annual parade from the Fire and Rescue Building on Second Street west to Main Street and north on Main to the War Memorial Park at Fifth and Main streets. The parade steps off at 10:45 a.m. May 26. The service will be held at the park at 11 a.m.
Council passed on third reading two ordinances concerning pick-up plans for the fire and police department full-time personnel. The ordinance brings the city in line with Internal Revenue Service mandates. The personnel contributions to the plans are non-taxable and an ordinance is needed to deduct the amount prior to applying any tax deductions from payroll.
Council President Kim Riddell closed by meeting by urging all in attendance to vote today.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:25 PM|