DELPHOS — Delphos Mayor Josh Gillespie gave his State of the City Address Monday evening to open the council meeting.

Gillespie reviewed the happenings in different departments and council’s work from the past year.

Safety Service Director Shane Coleman announced the city has asked for an additional $500,000 in funding for the Fifth Street Project.

“Our ongoing discussions have included curbing and gutters and some other things and we are hoping to get a little more toward that,” he said.

Coleman’s report also included the update to utility billing software.

“Customers will start getting billed by the cubic foot in February. This will be a much more accurate system as the bills will reflect exact usage,” Coleman said.

Coleman also reminded residents the Big Item Pick Up is from 9-noon on Saturday. Citizens need to show a utility bill as proof of residence.

Two pieces of legislation were heard on first reading. Both are annual items. The ordinance authorizing the mayor or safety service director to enter in to contracts for the of materials and commodities and the ordinance permitting the sale of obsolete or unfit city property online at

A few other annual housekeeping items were quickly taken care of, including committee assignments. Scott Wiltsie will chair the Legislative Committee and co-chair the Finance Committee with Andy Daley. Wiltsie is also council’s representative on the Insurance Board. Tom Grothous will chair the Public Properties and Economic Development committees; Jim Fortener, Safety Services Committee; Joe Dray, City Utilities Committee; Jeff Klausing, Thoroughfares Committee; and Mark Clement, Parks and Recreation Committee.

Council meetings will remain at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays except on federal holidays. Those meetings will be moved to the following Tuesday.

The Finance Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday to discuss the 2019 Budget.