2008-10-08 / Front Page

Delphi City Council passes '09 budget

By Theresa Replogle Contributing writer

A public hearing for the 2009 budget was held at Monday night's Delphi City Council meeting. No questions or comments were heard from the public.

Mayor Randy Strasser said the economy made putting the budget together painful. He said Delphi lost revenue because many businesses closed. Reassessment of property translated to unknown income levels. Strasser explained an additional unknown variable was how the county council would deal with the Local Option Income Tax (LOIT).

Combined dispatch

A proposed memorandum of understanding between the city and county E-911 for combined dispatch was discussed. It was compiled by E- 911 director Jay Dee Cree and is being reviewed by city and county attorneys. Strasser said there should be no further cost to the city for phone lines. However, he said there were issues still to be resolved. The city wants a representative to sit on the E-911 board and a policy needs to be in place to solve conflicts and deal with issues.

Land use plan

Carroll County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Development Steering Committee member Miriam Robeson presented the completed plan. She said the Delphi part of the plan would be formally presented to the city council in November after a public hearing and final vote at the Oct. 28 APC meeting at 7 p.m.

Robeson briefly described areas of the plan that were the desires for Delphi such as airport development, historic preservation and promoting community character.

Robeson said the steering committee would continue to work after the plan is adopted to revamp zoning ordinances.

Delphi Municipal Airport

Airport manager Brian Stirm reported the airport would host helicopter rides to those wanting to view fall leaves or the Pottawattamie Trail of Death Oct. 18 and 19. The trolley will be running between the canal center and the airport.

Council member Brian Garrison requested Stirm provide documentation of how much fuel was bought and sold at the airport, as well as figures about hangar rentals to future council meetings.

Garrison also inquired about four large tanks he found stored at the airport. Stirm explained the tanks were storage tanks for the proposed Swift fuel pilot plant planned to be located at the airport.

Garrison asked Stirm whether the airport had been storing product for the company before anyone had approved their presence there. Stirm explained that the airport board had approved storing the tanks on airport property for Swift.

Street department

Street commissioner Aaron Lyons assured citizens items put out for recycling are being recycled. He said the truck used is cheaper than more complicated ones to maintain. Items are co-mingled in the truck but are sorted at the recycling facility.

Lyons reported gravel removed from Armory Road was being used at the wastewater plant and on areas such as alleys.

Halloween

Trick-or-treat night was set for Oct. 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Other business

Strasser announced groundbreaking for the Hoosier Heartland Corridor would be in Lafayette on Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Interested parties are urged to contact the city building for details.

Grants coordinator Jean Howell announced the façade renovation of the Assion- Ruffing City Hall won the Historic Building Rehabilitation Award from Indiana Main Street.

Utilities Manager Dick Vansickle reported the city is now in charge of maintenance for the Water Tower Place sewers. Tower lights were replaced on all city water towers.

The council passed ordinance 2008-8 setting city salaries on first and second readings. The third and final reading will be at the November meeting.

The council will hold a special meeting, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

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