The Fifth Street Paving Project will come quickly on the heels of the Fifth Street Water Line Project, which is currently wrapping up. Orange barrels line the thoroughfare in preparation. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
The Fifth Street Paving Project will come quickly on the heels of the Fifth Street Water Line Project, which is currently wrapping up. Orange barrels line the thoroughfare in preparation. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — With the Fifth Street Waterline Project wrapping up, Delphos City Council learned Monday evening that ODOT will begin the Fifth Street Paving Project next week.

“As many of you may have noticed by the addition of construction barrels along Fifth Street, the roadway project is almost ready to begin,” Delphos Safety Service Director Jamie Mehaffie told council. “Project contractor Helms & Sons Excavating was looking to begin the project as early as today; however, due to the current status of the waterline project, they are now scheduled to start next week.”

Mehaffie said Helms & Sons may have a crew in this week to perform some prep work.

“The contractor is planning on phasing the project to reduce impact on traffic as much as possible. The plan is to begin work on the south side of the roadway on the east end of the project and focus on the storm water work and full depth repairs to the roadway,” Mehaffie said. “This phase will be followed up with concrete and asphalt work on the south side entirely before moving to the north side of the roadway.”

Mehaffie said traffic should be able to be maintained throughout the project by the use of the phasing plan.

“There may be some times that traffic will be re-routed due to specific project components requiring the closure of the roadway on a temporary basis. The ODOT approved detour route has been designated and the signage installed,” he added. ODOT has project pages for each of their projects available through their website: www.transportation.ohio.gov under the Projects tab.

The completion date for the project is Oct. 29.

The city and local firefighters have a new three-year contract. Council approved the agreement 5-1 on second reading with Scott Wiltsie casting the lone dissenting vote. The new agreement includes 2% raises each of the three years with little else changing from the previous contract.

Council heard on first reading an ordinance to place a 5-year, 4.05-mills renewal levy on the November ballot. The measure was first passed in 1978 and raises approximately $173,374 per year for five years.

Council passed on first reading an ordinance approving the partnership with Allen and Putnam counties for Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHiP) Program grant funds, if awarded.

The CHIP program offers no-cost home repairs and rehabilitation to income-eligible Allen County homeowners (excluding the City of Lima).

The grant-funded program requires no repayment by the homeowner for repairs. This program is funded partially through a grant that is 80 percent forgivable over a five-year period with a no-interest deferred loan for the remaining 20 percent repayable at the time of sale, transfer of title or change in occupancy for the property.

Repairs may include exterior repairs such as roofs, siding and windows; plumbing system upgrades like bathroom fixtures, water lines and waste lines; heating and cooling such as water heaters, furnaces and insulation; and electrical system upgrades like circuit breakers, wiring and outlet/switch replacement.

There are income eligibility requirements. Contact Mehaffie at the city building for more information.

Also passed on first reading was an ordinance authorizing the mayor and/or safety service director to enter into an agreement for the planning and construction of the Ricker Street Lift Station with the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA), which will also provide a loan for the project.

Also heard on first reading was an ordinance to create the American Rescue Plan Fund in anticipation of the future receipt of federal money; and a resolution to adopt the Allen County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Following a change in the federal government and IRS in extending the deadline to file and pay Ohio individual income and school income taxes for the tax year 2020, City Income Tax Administrator Doris Bockey announced the new deadline to file city taxes is May 17.

Correspondence was read concerning several upcoming events.

• Habitat for Humanity invited council to the kick off of its 10th home build in Delphos at 8 a.m. on April 17. The home is being built with and for the Sarah Hurless family and will be dedicated to the late Rev. David Howell, who was instrumental in bringing Habitat to Delphos and facilitated many of the early builds.

• Relay for Life coordinators asked for permission to hold a parade and luminary display on Main Street on June 18. Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, the American Cancer Society is not allowing regular Relay for Life events. Line-up for the parade is at 6:15 p.m. at First Financial Bank on Second Street. The parade will step off at 7 p.m., turn north on Main Street and continue to Fifth Street.

Several pop-ups will be set up in the area of the Veterans Memorial for people to purchase luminaries, which will be displayed from Third to Fifth street and lit at 9 p.m.

• The Canal Commission Museum has planned three cruise-in events for this summer from 7-9 p.m. on June 12, July 16 and Aug. 7. The cruise-ins coincide with the Delphian Social Club’s downtown events. June 12 and Aug. 7 will be socials with live music and food and July 16 will be a family movie night.

Before going into executive session, Wiltsie asked his fellow councilmen and the administration to look at creating a DORA for the city in the future. A DORA is a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area or a specific area in which alcoholic beverages may be sold by licensed liquor establishments for outdoor consumption.

Council approved the Relay for Life and cruise-ins.