2018-08-08 / Front Page

City Council to deliberate budget requests Aug. 13

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Delphi City Council members will begin to perform their annual duty to approve a spending plan next week. Budget deliberations will be held Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. each day. Preliminary budgets have been submitted to Mayor Shane Evans and given to each council member to review before next week.

Council President Carolyn Pearson commented that the request from the Parks Advisory Board only included a $5,000 request from the City for the Summer Recreation Program and nothing from Deer Creek Township, as has been the practice in the past. Pearson said she thinks Deer Creek Township taxpayers should contribute to the program.

However, the minutes from an Aug. 2 Advisory Board meeting indicate the Board specifically did not wish to request funding from Deer Creek Township because city taxpayers also pay taxes to the township, which means city taxpayers would pay anyway. The meeting minutes indicate the Board will re-evaluate the budget before requesting funds for 2020. Council meeting times

The City Council meets at times and dates determined in a formal city ordinance. There was a suggestion last month the Council change its meeting time to 6 p.m. so there was not a long time between the end of the 5:30 p.m. Board of Works meeting, to the start of the 7 p.m. City Council meeting.

Department heads such as Water Superintendent Craig Myers, Street Superintendent Aaron Lyons, Wastewater Superintendent

Dick VanSickle and Police Chief Steve Mullin attend both the Board of Works and the City Council meetings. They are paid for their time at both meetings and in between the meetings, according to Mayor Shane Evans.

Mayor Evans proposed an amended ordinance Monday night to change the meeting time of the City Council. However, Pearson did not agree with the proposed change. She said it was easier to leave the meeting time at 7 p.m. because they would not have to change the current ordinance. She said she did not want to change the time because that is the time the meeting has been held for a very long time and community members have “grown to expect” the meeting to be at 7 p.m.

There was no motion to change the ordinance.

Camden

The guest speaker Monday night was Camden’s Clerk-Treasurer, Pat Casserly. She spoke to the City Council about Camden’s success with obtaining grant funds for nearly $4 million in work in the past years. She said the Town of Camden has only had to borrow money one time for a project, although there have been financial matches for most grants. She said the Town Council has been frugal in its spending and has always had the match on hand when needed.

Other business

The third and final reading to approve an ordinance to allow short-term rentals to operate in residentially zoned areas was approved with a unanimous vote.

Evans said he is working on a financial analysis for an update on water and sewage projects. He said he plans to have the analysis completed soon and may schedule a special meeting this month to discuss the information.

Mullin provided a written report which indicated 22 citations, 15 parking tickets and two handgun licenses were issued in July. Officers drove 4,461 miles.

Myers’ report indicated a total of 29,275,000 gallons of water was pumped in July and 23,927,772 was pumped to Indiana Packers Corporation.

Evans advised the City will apply to the Community Crossings grant program for funds enough to repair and repave Samuel Milroy Rd., which went unfunded in last year’s bid for funds. He said if the project is denied, the City plans to apply one last time in January of next year. He said if the project is denied for the third time, he plans to fund the project 100 percent from City coffers. The current call for projects to INDOT deadline is Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.

The City Council will meet Aug. 13 and 14 at 5:30 p.m. each day for 2019 budget deliberations.

The Council will meet in regular session Sept. 4 (Tuesday) at 7 p.m.

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