|Coleman getting to know Delphos and its challenges|
|Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 PM|
dhi MEDIA Editor
DELPHOS — With five weeks under his belt as the new Delphos Safety Service Director, Shane Coleman has prioritized his focus on city matters.
“I think we’re all looking at the budget and what it means for city operations,” Coleman said Thursday. “We are working with a limited staff and limited hours. Not only are the employees feeling it I know the citizens are starting to see the effects. We need to get our employees back to full-time hours. They continue to sacrifice and continue to do a great job.”
The bottom line for 2014 and beyond are a little troubling.
“How do we get to a better state?” Coleman asked. “We have to get back to acceptable levels. We are not even meeting the minimum standards we set for ourselves.”
Coleman also feels everyone’s frustration and impatience with the situation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Failing membranes and substandard function of equipment has hampered the plant’s efficiency.
“We met with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency last week and we did get some direction,” he said. “We brought them a couple of suggestions for modifications we are working on to improve efficiency and we want what we do moving forward to benefit the community as effectively and efficiently as we can. We hope to have some solid answers soon and we want to make sure we are doing the right thing.”
Coleman knows the problems the city faces didn’t just happen yesterday.
“What Delphos is facing didn’t happen overnight and it’s not going to be fixed overnight. I know that,” he said. “No one was immune to the economic downturn. Everyone had to deal with it in their own way. We’ll get through it.”
The Van Wert native is looking at some unconventional solutions.
“We have to be able to think outside the box. We have some unique challenges that are going to require that,” he said. “We have to be willing to change. Government from top to bottom does things a certain way because they always have. That’s not good enough anymore.”
Coleman is also dealing with the day-to-day issues of running his departments and the challenges from the public.
“I’m looking at zoning and codes to make our city look better,” Coleman said. We need to clean up some of our buildings and take care of some of the problems that have been brought to our attention. As always, we look to the public for help with some issues. We are getting calls about unmowed yards and junk cars. The problem is universal. Everyone has these problems. We want to encourage property owners to take are of their properties and when they can, help those who might not be able to or who are absent to make our city look better as a whole.”
Even though he faces some big hurdles, Coleman’s love for public hasn’t waned in his new position.
“This is an interesting job; a lot of work but interesting. I’m enjoying it,” he said. “I’m impressed with the passion of the people of Delphos and my welcome has been great. I’ve received a lot of invitations from groups and organizations to introduce myself and I’m getting know everyone. I’m looking forward to moving here in the next several months.”
|Last Updated on Friday, May 30, 2014 7:58 PM|