2011-10-05 / Front Page

Historical group gets Stone Barn on Nov. 1

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Delphi City Council members unanimously approved a contract for the sale of the Stone Barn on N. Washington St. to the Carroll County Historical Society at the Monday night meeting. A city council committee of two, president Carolyn Pearson and Hannah Germond, reported they recently met with historical society representatives and attorney Abby Huffer to reach an agreement about the deed transfer date and other considerations. The cost for the building and real estate is $1.

The contract stipulates that the historical society, the “buyer,” is purchasing the entity “as is” and the city, the “seller,” disclaims the implied warranty of habitability. The “buyer” is to be responsible for maintaining the property in good condition and may subcontract the property at its discretion. The “seller” may remove any personal property item at will.

Pearson told the Comet Tuesday that it is implied the “buyer” will assume the responsibility for utilities.

“It would have been covered (in the contract) if it was otherwise,” she said.

The “buyer” may retain cer- tain items of personal property, such as tables, chairs and kitchen equipment, described in an attachment, for up to two years. It was noted by Delphi Parks Superintendent Anita Force that there is a written agreement that the Lions Club will own the stove in the kitchen when it leaves the building.

The two entities agreed that playground equipment on the property is owned by the city and will remain intact until it is removed by the parks department. The “buyer” can order the equipment removed by giving a sixmonth written notice to the “seller.” The city will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the equipment and both entities will maintain liability insurance for the equipment.

There is no language in the contract to allow senior citizen activities in the facility after the Nov. 1 sale date. Huffer said when the historical society assumes ownership of the real estate and building, the city cannot dictate how they use it either.

Brian Garrison said he is taking “buyer” at its word that senior services will be allowed to remain in the building for 18 months to two years. EDC contract

The four-year agreement between the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation and the city expired July 15 of this year. EDC Director Laura Walls presented another contract which she indicated was to provide service at the same level as the past four years for $10.50 per resident. It was approved unanimously. Department reports Street Department

Street commissioner Aaron Lyons reported that all asphalt work for this year has been completed. There will be a school zone designation on Vine St. and a stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Wabash and Vine streets at the request of the elementary school. Approximately 25 feet of curb on Vine St. will be painted yellow to prohibit parking near the intersection.

It was decided at the board of works meeting that Mayor Randy Strasser will address a rodent issue near the Farm Bureau building on N. Washington St. with all parties involved. Lyons said the rodent problem will compound if not addressed soon.

Lyons said leaf pick-up will begin Oct. 17. Police Department

Police Chief John Chapman’s written report indicated that city police officers wrote 14 citations, four warnings and 11 parking tickets in September. Chapman said he had no progress to report about a revised parking ordinance. The city received 34 calls for the police department in September. Parks Department

Force reported that she attended a Tree Steward Program sponsored by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Rensselaer Urban Forestry Council in September. She will complete 15 volunteer hours in the Delphi Parks system to receive a certification.

Park restrooms will be closed the week of Oct. 17.

The aluminum siding material of the Riley Park Gazebo ceiling was damaged by vandals. The plan is to replace the ceiling with wooden material.

New restroom doors will be installed in Riley Park Annex. The old doors, which are wooden, have been damaged by kicking and need to be replaced. Board of Works

F&K Construction will do a storm water project for the city at Cook and Wabash streets for $32,075 as recommended by engineers from Butler, Fairman and Seufert. Other business

The city council will meet in special session Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. for the final public hearing for the 2012 proposed city spending plan.

The next board of works meeting will be Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

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