2019-01-09 / Front Page

Delphi leaders make plans for 2019

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Delphi City Council members, as of the Monday night meeting, have a new leader this year and are making plans with Mayor Shane Evans to update and amend some of the city’s codes. In addition, Council members set the date of next October’s Halloween Trick or Treating and began to discuss waiving the garage sale fee during Old Settlers.

Council member Dale Seward is the new leader of the group, taking over from Carolyn Pearson. Seward was the only nominee for the position and, according to Evans, no vote was needed. The date for community members to Trick or Treat was set on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It was noted, given the timing of the action, the date could be amended if the need arises.

Evans presented Resolution 2019-02, which allows for amendments and changes to the City’s codes. Evans said he only expected discussion about the matter at the meeting. It was decided City Council members will review the information presented, which includes Evans’ suggestions for changes, and will set a date for a work session at the Feb. 4 meeting.

Clerk-Treasurer

Clerk Leanne Aldrich stated she will need information from different departments for the upcoming State Board of Accounts (SBOA) audit this year. She said she has asked for some of the information in previous years and has never been supplied with the needed information.

Aldrich said she needs all committee meeting minutes for the audit, including those from the Community Center meetings as well as information about the Delphi Trolley. She said she has been waiting for documentation about the Trolley for the last two years.

Seward said the issue of the Trolley came up during budget time last year. He said he remembered the City Council was waiting for information and it has never been received. Seward suggested Aldrich contact Brian Stirm, who drives the vehicle. Aldrich said she has done that to no avail.

Aldrich, when a question of ownership was broached, advised the City pays insurance for the Trolley and holds the liability for it. However, she said she has never received money from charges or donations to be deposited into the bank.

Next Level Trails

Mayor Evans said funds from a state-grants program could be used to extend the Monon High Bridge Trail to the Samuel Milroy Rd. He said the program is for an 80/20 grant with a minimum total cost of $200,000, which means the City would be required to provide at least $40,000 in funds for the project.

Evans explained there is a chance that a “retro-match” could be used, which means money already spent on the High Bridge project by the Deer Creek Township board could be considered the City’s match for the project. Pearson said she is not in favor of spending $40,000 from the city’s coffers, but if what the township has already spent can be used as the match, then she would have no issue with the proposal.

Evans said the $40,000 could be appropriated from either the General Fund or the Rainy Day Fund with an additional appropriation. City resident Sharon Milburn said she thought using tax revenue for a project having unknown benefits for the city is not a good use of the money, in light of the rising costs for water due to loans and payments currently outstanding.

Other business

Residents Anita Werling and Kevin Gaskill were reappointed to the Delphi Redevelopment Commission.

Council member Mike Shockley was reappointed to serve on the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District.

The Council adopted an ordinance to recodify the current city ordinances by suspending the rules of adoption to complete the task in one meeting.

A written report from the Water Department indicated the total gallons of water pumped in December was 24,944,000. Indiana Packers Corporation used 19,857,156 of the total.

Police Chief Steve Mullin reported officers issued nine citations, wrote one warning, issued two parking tickets and one handgun license in December. Miles driven were 4,109.

Board of Works members Dick Bradshaw, Karyl Traeger and Evans approved April 27 at 1 p.m. as the Opening Day Parade date for baseball and softball. The parade route will not change from years past.

Claims for $468,658.91 were approved.

The next Board of Works meeting will be Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m., however the group will meet in a work session Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

The next City Council meeting will be Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

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