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Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:21 PM

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DELPHOS — Residents on South Cass Street may see some relief from poor water quality. Delphos Safety Service Director Greg Berquist informed council Monday he had heard from a lawyer involved in helping the city to get a right-of-way on Bunge property to install a water loop that will provide clean water to residents at the end of the water line on Cass Street.

Residents have been attending city council meetings on a regular basis hoping to get the matter resolved. Residents have been experiencing discolored water which affects laundry and drinkability.

Council passed on emergency measure an ordinance authorizing the transfer of more than $1 million to various funds for loan repayments for the water and wastewater plants. Auditor Tom Jettinghoff asked the ordinance be passed so he could close his books in a timely manner this month.

The Maintenance Department is looking to hire an assistant foreman from within the current workforce. Council heard on second reading an ordinance with an approved a salary range of $1,766.60-$1,850.54 per bi-weekly pay period. If the job is not filled from within by June 30, the position will be eliminated.

To be eligible, the applicant must have a valid pesticide license and a Class II Wastewater Collection or must obtain them within one year of the appointment to assistant foreman. They must also be willing to obtain additional licensing at the request of the city.
Council passed on third reading a resolution for Berquist to enter into a contract with Peterson Construction for a Phase II of Water Treatment Plant By-Pass Improvement Project on Monday.

Phase II includes bidding ($3,500), construction administration ($3,000) and construction observation ($4,300). Total construction is estimated to cost $247,000, with a Community Development Block Grant covering $194,500.

Berquist told council there is a bottleneck between the clearwells and the water plant and the improvements would increase the city’s capacity to provide water.

The clearwells are used for chlorine contact for water before it is moved to the upground tanks for distribution. The clearwells are currently connected so water has to go through all three before becoming available to move to the tanks. Part of the project will also include separating the clearwells so they can be used individually as well. This will also make it possible to put more water into the tanks in a shorter period of time.


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