DELPHOS — Golf carts at Stadium Park and elsewhere dominated a good portion of Monday’s council meeting.

Parks Superintendent Craig Mansfield was on hand to give his department report and was questioned about golf carts in the park and on the sidewalks.

“Those sidewalks were not built for motorized vehicles,” Mansfield said. “The golf carts are also parking in places that are in the way and we have had some people hit by golf carts. Common courtesy would go a long way.”

Council asked if signage could be placed around the park letting the public know that golf carts are not permitted on the sidewalks and should park in designated areas like other vehicles.

Mansfield asked if there could be legislation and council agreed that it was not necessary for signage to be placed and enforced.

An ordinance pertaining to the use of golf carts on city streets to repeal and update an initial ordinance effective in 2008 was passed Monday. The major change in the new ordinance requires the installation of seat belts for all seats and maximum capacity of four persons per golf cart even though a cart may seat more. Carts must be licensed, registered, inspected, be equipped with all other standard safety features and operated by a licensed driver only on city streets and thoroughfares with a speed limit at or less than 25 mph and cannot be operated on highways within the city with posted speed limits in excess of 25 mph.

Mansfield also reported the pool was opened for the season the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and in the first eight days, saw 2,950 patrons through the gate and 267 passes were sold since May 26. Passes are $40 each and single-day passes are $5 for adults, $3 for children 7-17; and 6 and under is free.

“That is in addition to the 272 passes we sold early,” Mansfield noted. “That already 100 more than last year.”

There has also been 6,949 people down the slide in those eight days.

Mansfield added that baseball season is at the half-way point with 325 kids in the boys and girls summer leagues and another 107, the highest ever, in Knothole for 5-6-year-olds.

Upcoming events in the park include the first Rotary Club Music in the Park offering of 2018 on Sunday with Hard Day’s Night, a Beatles tribute band; Relay for Life of Delphos on June 15; on June 20, the Delphos D.A.R.E. Camp will have its annual swim party in the morning; and Aqua Zumba starts on June 12 at 6:30 p.m. and is an hour long. The six-week program will skip July.

Repairs of concrete streets in the Menke, Ricker and Southridge additions will cost a little more and take more time than originally thought. Safety Service Director Shane Coleman told council the $125,000 set aside in the 2018 Budget would only take care of three intersections in the Ricker Addition or three intersections in the Menke Addition.

“These areas are a lot worse than we thought and we did not set aside enough to fix them all this year,” Coleman said. “We also need to get whatever council decides to take care of out to bid so they can be done yet this year.”

He also gave an update on the ODOT State Route Paving Project.

“The curbing and the ramps are cone and full-depth repairs will begin soon,” he said. “Traffic will be maintained.”

Council heard on second reading an ordinance paying Stolly insurance $84,728 for property and fleet insurance for the city. Coleman said several vehicles had been added as well as 625,000 in other property and the policy price had only increased by approximately $200.

This year’s coverage expires on June 30.

In other business, council inquired about the two Allen County Landbank projects. Coleman said the former Jim and Mary’s Bar on North Main Streets has been a slow process due to the building sharing walls with existing businesses. He added that the North Washington Street property was still going through the legal process and should be down by late summer.

Coleman also shared correspondence from the Allen County Health Department urging the city to make the parks smoke-free. Mayor Josh Gillespie was on board with the idea.

“We need to promote a health lifestyle and keep our parks cleaner,” Gillespie said.

Coleman said offenders could only be asked to leave the parks.

A request from the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce/Canal Days asking for city utilities to be hooked up at the former Cintas lot with the tap-in fees waived. Coleman said that city has done this in the past and would cost just over $2,500. Council approved the request as well as one from the Relay for Life of Delphos Committee for the use of Stadium Park on June 15; and the Kiwanis Club’s use of the park for the Fourth of July celebration. North Street will be closed from Canal Street to Jefferson Street from 7 a.m. on July 3 to 6 a.m on July 5 and North Main Street will be closed from 9:15 a.m. to noon on July 4 for the Firecracker Bike Ride.

A Budget Hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on June 18 followed by a Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. and the council meeting at 7 p.m.