DELPHOS — The city will undertake a Fifth Street Water Line Project prior to the reconstruction of the thoroughfare in 2021.

The 6-inch water lines from Main to State streets will be replaced with 10-inch water lines, greatly improving water delivery and eliminating continued costly repairs to the old lines.

Water Superintendent Todd Haunhorst said that in some places, the lines have been repaired twice in the same spot.

The cost of the project is $824,981. Ohio Public Works Commission money is available as well as zero-percent loans. The Finance Committee, which met after the regular council meeting, gave the nod for Safety Service Director Shane Coleman to begin the process to apply for OPWC funding for the project.

“I think we should get this done next year before we do the paving project that way we aren’t cutting into new asphalt to replace these lines,” Coleman said.

An ordinance amending and removing certain sections of the water sewer ordinances was heard on first reading. The language is being change to give the administration more flexibility with billing issues.

Council voted to write off $2,864.22 in utility bills. The property owners have changed, some several times, and seeking legal action would exceed the amount owed. A lien cannot be placed on the properties, either. all voted yes with the exception of Councilman Jeff Klausing.

New utility bill policies include no delinquent notices to be sent and water will be shut off after 60 days of nonpayment.

Numbers are in for this year’s pool season. There were 685 single passes sold; 24,720 people through the gate and swimmers took 54,261 trips down the slide. Total ticket sales were $79,133.50, the concession stand made $30,868.50, pool parties totaled $1,400 and swim lessons $1,900. There were also 920 who participated in evening swims.

Code Enforcement Officer Molly Hemker had 146 new cases with 75 since Aug. 19. Most are for weeds, lawn, landscape and exterior violations. Hemker has also started a vacant building registration, mostly for commercial property at this time.

An ordinance to enter into a contract with the successful bidder for the East Third Street sanitary sewer extension was tabled due to all the bids coming in over the projected amount. Coleman said he will take the asphalt portion of the project out of the specs and rebid.

“We will stone and patch that ourselves for winter and address the paving next year,” Coleman said.

Coleman reported the city has received a TAP Grant for $758m000 or the South Main Street paving project set for 2022 and Tom Jettinghoff, former city auditor, has pledged $50,000 in 2020 to build a dog park at Suever Park in Delphos. He asked the park be named Bev’s Dog Run in honor of his late wife.

Railroad crossings in the city will be closed at the following locations for repair and asphalting:

— Pierce and Franklin will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

— Jefferson will be closed Thursday and Friday.

— Clay Street will be closed Thursday.

— Bredeick Street will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

— Main Street and State Street will be open.

The September Big Item Pickup will be from 8-noon on Saturday in the parking lot across from the city building on Canal Street.