DELPHOS — Delphos City Council met in regular session Monday evening for the final time in October, with all members of council and the administration present.

In legislative matters, council considered on first reading a related ordinance and resolution to pursue the continuity of an existing .25-percent income tax for the Parks and Recreation Departments of the city. First adopted in 2014 and renewed three years later, the existing .25-percent tax generates approximately $400,000 annually for the city. Councilman Scott Wiltsie put forth a motion to extend the timeline of the tax from 3 years to 5 years, to coincide with the long-term strategic financial plan that the city has been pursuing over the past several months. The motion was adopted. The renewal tax levy is anticipated to appear on the March 17, 2020, ballot. The final passage of the legislation will not occur until November.

Council also reviewed on first reading the 2020 Temporary Appropriations Ordinance, initially indicating a General Fund total outlay of $2,547,268 and total appropriations of $10,233,768. Four finance committee meetings are scheduled to be held at the conclusion of the next four regular council meetings to garner input and fine-tune the budget for ultimate passage.

An ordinance addressing the compensation of non-union employees and department supervisors was provided to council for their first review, indicating an increase of approximately 2 percent across the board. Further consideration of the issue will be address by council at their next session.

Safety Service Director Shane Coleman advised council that a grant sought through OPWC for approximately $192,000 for new waterline installation on Fifth Street in conjunction with the Fifth Street renovation project already slated for 2021 was not approved, however the city can secure a $482,068, zero-percent interest loan for up to 30 years through OPWC to support the waterline upgrade. Council approved Coleman to apply for the loan and further authorized him to seek an additional amount of $321,000 of zero-percent interest loan funds, through the program, if available.

Coleman was also provided approval by council to submit an application to the SRTS (Safe Routes To School) travel plan, which will utilize federal funds throughout the state of Ohio to support projects focusing on various safe transport plans for students. The initial step at this time is the application for inclusion in the project only. The city may submit a list of project for consideration in the future with first year eligibility of the program in 2023.

Coleman also noted that Trick or Treat night in Delphos is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and mentioned that the next large refuse item drop off date is from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 2. Residents must bring a copy of a utility invoice in order to drop off large items at the Canal Street lot across from the city building.

Some corrective work by ODOT will be undertaken in the near future on West Second Street, all at no charge to the city, to alleviate some paving issues causing standing water along the curb lines. An additional catch basin will be installed near the library as well as some work to curb approaches that require attention, according to Coleman.

Bagged leaf pick up is scheduled in Delphos for Nov. 7 and 8, and again on Nov. 21 and 22, coinciding with regular trash pick up. Bagged leaves should be set to the curb.

The Kiwanis Home Town Christmas celebration is set for Friday, December 6, this year. The city will be offering a $5 discount on pool passes for 2020 pool season sold during the celebration, and offer that was well received this past year.