DELPHOS — City council made short work of Monday’s agenda, clocking just eight minutes from start to finish.

Councilman Del Kemper told fellow councilmen he would not consider voting on keeping the SAFER Grant employees in the 2018 budget until the open council seats are filled.

“I don’t want to make that decision without the input from the new councilmen when they get up to speed,” Kemper said. “I have researched this issue and looked at other towns and we do need to keep it at six firefighters, I’m for it but I don’t know how we should fill the schedule. This issue should carry over. Don’t expect me to vote on this issue at the last minute of a meeting.”

It was announced that Mayor-elect Josh Gillespie will be sworn in at 6:30 p.m. today at the city building.

Safety Service Director Shane Coleman sent out thank-yous to the Kiwanis and other groups and individuals who came together to provide the Hometown Christmas celebration Friday evening.

He added that the city offered discounted season pool passes that day as well and sold 272 at $35 each. Less than 150 were sold last year on the same day.

Contracts with Marion and Washington townships for fire and EMS service for 2018 were heard for a second time Monday. Marion will pay $55,487.81 paid in four quarterly payments and Washington will pay $32,299.28 in bi-annual payments. The contracts are for the same amount paid in 2017.