2017-09-13 / Front Page

Delphi Council approves zoning resolution in split vote

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Delphi City Council members voted four-to-one to approve a resolution to designate properties currently not consistent with zoning inside of the City limits. The current zoning for some properties on CR800W., Armory Rd., US421, W. Crestwood Dr., Camden Rd., Old Camden Rd., and SR25 are zoned “Agriculture” however there is no designation for “Agriculture” in the city’s zoning structure. The proposal is to convert those properties to “Urban 1” (U-1).

Delphi Mayor Shane Evans said, according to legal counsel Makenzie Martin, the zoning change will not affect current assessments. He said assessments are determined by usage, not zoning designation. Evans further explained if activities on a property currently in the affected area would not be allowed in U-1, the property would be considered legally non-conforming and there would be no change unless the activities changed.

Council member Dick Traeger made the motion to approve the resolution and Council member Brian Garrison provided the second. Along with Traeger and Garrision, Council members

Carolyn Pearson and Dale Seward voted in favor of the motion. Council member Mike Shockley voted against the motion.

The resolution will be sent to the Carroll County Area Plan Commission (APC) for a recommendation to return to the City Council for final action.

No-go on wedding fees

Council members took no action on a proposed ordinance which would establish fees in the event Clerk-Treasurer Leanne Aldrich would perform a wedding ceremony. It was noted there are several Clerks who do not perform the ceremonies.

City Court Judge Craig Wellnitz performs the ceremonies, but at no cost. Pearson said she spoke with the Judge who stated he will continue to perform them and believes the ordinance would not affect him. Seward said he researched the County Clerk’s marriage license records and discovered out of the 260 licenses issued in the past two years, Wellnitz has performed roughly 40 marriages and Aldrich about six.

No member of the City Council took action to approve the ordinance which decided the matter.

Trick or Treat scheduled

Council members decided the official Halloween Trick or Treat date will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

It was announced the Marine Corps League, along with other veterans, will be out that night to provide security for children walking in the neighborhoods. All veterans are encouraged to meet at the gazebo as the event begins.

Jim Snoeberger of the Marine Corps League said “veterans defended our country” and now “can defend our county.” He said all veterans are welcome to volunteer to escort trick or treaters through town. Organizer Snoeberger said veterans should wear something, such as their uniform if possible, “to show they are a vet.”

“Children and their families will be able to go to the gazebo on the courthouse lawn and connect with a veteran or two to walk with them,” Snoeberger said.

Snoeberger can be reached at (765) 412-7441 for questions or to formally volunteer.

2018 budget

Mayor Evans scheduled the public hearing for the 2018 proposed budget for Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. He said the requested amounts for each department will be advertised on Gateway, the state public portal for taxing entities fiscal matters. He said the budget ordinance, which the City Council will ultimately adopt for 2018, will be developed using the council’s reduced appropriations decided at the budget workshop.

Delphi taxpayers who are interested in viewing the 2018 proposed budget can visit budgetnotices. in.gov. The site will request the user to search for a county using a dropdown box.

The Gateway page for Carroll County will display the name of the taxing unit on the left and will also indicate the 2017 certified levy (possible property tax revenue). It will show the proposed 2018 budget amount for each taxing entity as well as the 2018 proposed levy amount. The dates of the public hearing and the 2018 budget adoption meeting will also be displayed. The date the budget notice was submitted to Gateway is noted in the next to the last column. The last column contains a box for the viewer to check if they want notifications, or “alerts” when all chosen budget submissions are checked. As many boxes as desired can be checked.

Other business

Chief Steve Mullin reported his department workers drove 5,845 miles in August, addressed 37 incidents and issued five citations, two warnings and 15 parking tickets.

Brenda Daly of the Senior and Family Services reported it is her goal to be able to provide services in the new Delphi Community Center by Nov. 1. She distributed a financial needs statement for the last two phases of the three-phase project which indicates another $10,043 is needed after factoring in donations received for Phase 2. The report indicated between $50,000 and $60,000 is needed for Phase 3. Daly said her estimates for both phases to complete the project do not include labor costs.

The next City Council regular business meeting will be Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at which time the 2018 budget is scheduled to be adopted.

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