DELPHOS — Repairs to concrete streets in the Ricker Addition will be completed by Nov. 15.

Safety Service Director Shane Coleman introduced legislation to contract with the successful bidder for the repairs estimated at $177,000.

“We will open those bids on July 24 and have a name to add to the ordinance by the last reading at the first meeting in August,” he added.

Council passed on emergency an ordinance amending the a previous ordinance contracting with Choice One for the engineering of the Fifth Street Project. Stage 1 of the plan has been submitted and it has been confirmed it necessary to prepare right-of-way plans, including five permanent takes (at intersections) and 11 temporary takes and hazardous materials reviews, including the engineering fees by approximately $30,000.

The cost of contract will now read to not exceed $248,928.

Choice One Engineering will also be used for the Safe Routes to School Travel Plan the city will put into place in the near future.

“We’ve already hired Choice One for the engineering for Fifth Street which will overlap a portion of the Safe Routes to School Travel Plan,” Coleman said. “It makes sense to use them for this as well as they will already be familiar with some of the issues.”

The ordinance was heard for the first time and the contract is not to exceed $10,800.

In Coleman’s report, he told council the sewer issues on East Third Street will have to be dealt with sooner rather than later. Coleman had told council at the last meeting that there were seven properties in that area, including a business, that were still on septic and health department regulations demanded they be brought on to the city system.

“This is something that had fallen through the cracks,” Coleman said. “We are just going to have to take care of this issue. We’ll have to move some money into the Sewer Fund.”

“The code enforcement officer has written 105 tickets since the last meeting and she is focusing on accumulated junk and trash, junk vehicles and parking violations,” Coleman said. “We have only had to invoice three properties for noncompliance.”

“I participated in my first Canal Clean Up on June 29 and we had about two dozen people there,” Coleman said. “We had a lot of help and we thank those volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to help.”

He also had some updated pool information.

“The poolhouse is open and being used daily,” he said. “It’s a great facility and I can’t hardly believe it’s ours. It is phenomenal.”

He also had some numbers to throw around.

“As of Monday, we had 11,212 people use the pool and 25,500 clicks on the slide,” Coleman said. “The week of June 24, we sold 1,200 hot dogs and on June 30, there were 731 paid admissions, so we estimate we had about 900 people at the pool that day adding in those with memberships. Once it warmed up, it really took off.”

He announced that the Aqua Zumba instructor has requested the $2 fee for the classes held each Wednesday be waived by the city and be used as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. He said Parks Superintendent Craig Mansfield was on board with the idea and he had no problem with it, either. Council agreed to let the fee be collected as donations for cancer awareness.

Coleman also reminded residents the Big Item Pick Up is from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday in he empty lot across from the city building on Canal Street. A utility bill is needed as proof of residency.

The next meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 15. A Legislative Committee meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and a Utilities Committee meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. prior to the council meeting.