|Council adopts 2015 Budget|
|Monday, July 07, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DHI Media Editor
DELPHOS — The city has a working 2015 Budget. Council passed the measure on third reading during a short meeting Monday after an even shorter public hearing on the financial document.
The hearing took less than two minutes with no questions or comments from council, the administration or the public.
The budget includes a projected $15 million in appropriations with $3,090,000 from the General Fund. Auditor Tom Jettinghoff said 2015 looks much like this year.
“There isn’t a whole lot in the 2015 Budget that we aren’t seeing right now,” he said. “It’s just a little higher.”
New revenue included $400,000 from the .25-percent income tax increase voters approved in May; almost $90,000 from a 5-percent water rate increase; nearly $210,000 from a 10-percent sewer rate increase.
Jettinghoff noted that replacement membranes for the wastewater treatment plant are not budgeted in line items in the sewer account.
“We are still looking at a substantial amount for that and we haven’t set anything aside,” he added.
Safety Service Director Shane Coleman said he received a proposed plan from Ovivo, LLC, to increase the effectiveness of the wastewater treatment plant and it will be reviewed.
“I will have that for council at the next meeting or the first one in August,” Coleman said.
He and Wastewater Superintendent Todd Teman are still waiting to hear back from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on proposals they had presented to make the plant more effective.
Coleman also reported on the dispatcher conversion to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center.
“We’ve had some minor glitches, most of which have already been resolved,” Coleman said. “Most them had to do with radio and repeater issues. We did have a few address issues with events just outside the city limits. Considering the transition we made, it’s going pretty well.”
Coleman added the two new records clerks, Brittany Looser and Melissa Schnipke, were being trained and once that is completed, the police department lobby will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Coleman said water meters have all been read for the July billing and council will need to decide how the next readings are done.
“We finished these readings with the youth workers we had from Van Wert County,” he said. “We won’t have those guys for the next one and if we take workers from the maintenance department, we’ll have less time to do what we’re already behind in doing.”
Mayor Michael Gallmeier presented a water/sewer adjustment issue to council in new business.
“We have a landlord on King Street who had a break in a water line and his tenants didn’t notify him and he has a $17,000 bill,” Gallmeier said. “We already forgave a $3,000 bill for this particular customer with the last eight quarters, which would normally preclude another credit according to policy. I just want council to give me some guidance on this.”
Councilman Del Kemper asked how it would take to accumulate a bill like that and be unaware of it happening.
“The landlord did not know how long it had been leaking,” Gallmeier said. “The request also doesn’t say where the leak is in the line. A neighbor reported that there was water in the adjacent yard and it was coming onto their property.”
Councilman Joe Martz was reluctant to approve the credit.
“I don’t think this guy is being a good steward of his property,” Martz said.
Kemper agreed and was also wary to address the issue at the present time.
“I’m not doing anything about this today,” Kemper said.
Jettinghoff suggested council may need to revisit the policy and address the amount allowable for credit as well as the time frame in which a credit can occur if one has already been granted.
Several councilmen asked for more information on how credits were given in the past and to what extent. Gallmeier said he would have that information ready for the next council meeting.
Council approved July 23 at “Appreciation Day” with free admittance to the Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool from noon to 5 p.m. that day. The pool will then be closed from 5-6 p.m. and the private Beyond Expectations swim will be held from 6-8 p.m.
Council passed on third reading the East Second Street Paving Project. The city received Ohio Public Works Commission funds totaling $151,006 with city providing $37,751 toward the project. The Shelly Company was the successful bidder. The paving will be done from Main to Doulgas streets.
Council heard on first reading a pair of ordinances securing the services of the Allen County Engineers Office for tar and chipping on South Bredeick from the railroad tracks to Clime Street, Bank Street and Maple Street from Second to Fifth streets for $32,000; and $5,800 for painting and striping various streets.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:19 PM|