DELPHOS -- Delphos City Council members met in regular session Monday evening, addressing a light legislative agenda.

Council passed on initial reading an ordinance to approve the installation of a new sanitary sewer line on East Third Street from Ft. Jennings Road to East Fifth Street. The successful bidder for the work was provided by Hohenbrink Excavating LLC, at a cost of $75,429.00, well under the engineering estimate of $99,901.00 for the project. The successful bid by Hohenbrink Excavating LLC was among 8 bids submitted; the project is expected to begin as soon as possible. Final street paving of the area addressed will not be attended to until next year, but will have temporary surface completion before the winter months. Cost of the project will be attributed to the Sewer Replacement and Improvement Fund.

Council also considered on first reading the potential fund transfer of $20,000 from the General Fund to the Park Fund, the ordinance will again to be considered in the final October and first November meeting before final vote for passage. The fund transfer would be utilized, if needed, in part, to address roof leaks that have been identified on city buildings in Stadium Park, work that is expected to be undertaken in mid November.

Council also reviewed and accepted the monthly financial, income tax, revenue and expenditure reports.

Safety Service Director Shane Coleman advised council that the 7th Street bridge over Flat Fork Creek is nearing completion; final railing is in the process of being installed at this time prior to the opening. Coleman also advised that paving and repair projects on Colletta Way and within the Ricker addition area continue and noted that an electric vehicle charging station, ( grant funded ) will soon be installed in the lot behind the East Buildings on Main Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. In preparation for winter, Coleman stated that the price of road salt for this year has increased $11.00 per ton to $74.99 per ton; on a positive note he also indicated that the city will receive a $26,000 refund from the Workman’s Compensation Program, and a 10% reduction in workman’s compensation cost for next year.

Tom Mazur of the Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Office provided council with a brief review of projects within Allen County earmarked for funding in part by funds secure by the planning office, including the Fifth Street complete re-construction project in 2021, and South Main street re-paving project considered for 2023. Mazur also noted that the Ohio Department of Transportation will conduct a meeting at the Lima -Allen County Regional Planning Commission Office, 130 West North Street, Lima, at 4:30 P.M. and again at 6:00 P.M., to discuss long range transportation needs in the state and local area, including hi-speed rail, new transportation technology, and the use of electric vehicles, which are anticipated to see significant growth in the coming years. The meeting is open to the public for all comment.

Council entered executive session at the conclusion of the regular meeting regarding collective bargaining with no further comment.