DELPHOS — The city has a temporary budget in place for 2016.

Auditor Tom Jettinghoff prepared the ordinance allotting approximately 50 percent of the yearly appropriations for the first quarter of 2016 at $6,813,000.

“I just want to remind everyone this is a temporary budget,” Councilman Josh Gillespie said in a previous meeting. “We need the final numbers from 2015 before we do the permanent budget.”

Safety Service Director Shane Coleman reported the project at the wastewater treatment plant remains on schedule with the hopes the new system can come online before Christmas.

He also reported road salt prices have come back down and the city will enjoy a $57-per-ton price as compared to last year’s $106 per ton.

He also asked for a meeting of the Streets and Thoroughfares Committee to discuss restricting parking in various areas of the city.

“The north side of East Fourth Street between Franklin and Washington streets; the north side of West First Street between Bredeick and State streets; and in front of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Franklin Street need to be talked about,” Coleman said. “All those areas have issues with parking and obstruction of sight for traffic.”

Councilmen Del Kemper, Jim Fortener and Mark Clement are on the Streets and Thoroughfares Committee.

An ordinance for the employees’ share of the health coverage was passed by emergency on second reading to meet the Nov. 30 sing-up deadline.

Coverage for an employee (with the 2015 cost in brackets) will be $36.34 per month ($24.46); employee/spouse $72.32 ($48.64); employees/spouse/1 child $85.64 ($59.20); employee/spouse/2 children $98.98 ($69.74); employees/spouse/3 or more children $117.48 ($83.40); employee/1 child $49.70 ($34.98); employee/2 children $63.04 ($45.54); and employee/3 or more children $81.54 ($59.18).

The Finance Committee recommended the city pick up 5.5 percent of the premium increase and the deficit payment of $5,010 per month and employees pay a 7-percent share of the premium increase.

Council passed on third reading an ordinance establishing a Chapter 182 for the municipal income tax as set forth by House Bill 5 passed in December 2014 by the General Assembly which mandates tax codes be amended by Jan. 1, 2016. The changes affect how quarterly taxes are collected and penalties for failing to file properly and timely.

Municipalities throughout the state will be adopting Chapter 182 to come into compliance with the new state mandates.

Council heard on second reading an ordinance setting the pay for the council clerk at $3,800 a year, the same as last year.

Several special guests attended Monday’s council meeting. Lexi Pohlman, Brooke Richardson, Maya Gerker, Courtney Wrasman,, Madison Jettinghoff, Halee Grothouse and Madison Buettner, students in Dave Desenberg’s Government Class at St. John’s High School were required by their instructor to attend a council meeting.

Service for Council President Dan Hirn is coming to a close. Hirn did not run on the November General Election ballot. To make his transition a little smoother, Councilman Mark Clement was voted as President Pro-Tem for at least the first meeting in January.

Councilman Joe Martz will also be leaving without a replacement. Councilman Andrew Dailey was voted to take his place as chair of the City Utilities Committee. His spots as a member on the Parks and Rec Committee and Safety Services Committee were replaced by Tom Grothous and Mark Clement respectively.

Council also granted the Kiwanis Club of Delphos permission to close and use several city streets for its Hometown Christmas celebration on Dec. 4. Washington Street from Third to Second Street from 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Main Street from The Delphos Herald parking lot to Santa’s House on East Second Street during the Hometown Christmas Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m.; and East Second Street from Main to Washington Street will be closed from 5:30-9:30 p.m.