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DELPHOS — A 90%, 10-year tax abatement for Lakeview Farms was passed on emergency on second reading at Monday’s meeting.

Lakeview Farms plans a $24-35 million expansion at the Delphos plant on Gressel Drive. The expansion will retain more than 320 jobs and add at least 15 more.

The expansion also includes the relocation of Gressel Drive 320 feet to the east, a $2.2 million project.

Lakeview also asked to have the 45-day wait period waived for the abatement.

The abatement will now go to Allen County commissioners for approval.

Also passed on second reading was an ordinance laying out the city’s responsibilities for the upcoming ODOT project on South Main Street schedule for 2023. The more than $3 million project includes the complete reconstruction of the roadway, curbing, gutters and a walk path on the west side of the Main Street. The city’s share is estimated at nearly $690,000.

Work to replace water lines and the storm sewer on South Main Street will be completed prior to the reconstruction.

Two ordinances and a resolution were all passed on emergency on first reading. The first was to transfer $12,000 from the Sewer Fund to the Sewer Capital Fund so the account did not have a negative balance; the second was to authorize the safety service director to contract with Insight Pipe Contracting LLC for the trenchless rehabilitation of a portion of the Wayne Street sewer line not to exceed $59,402; and the resolution was to apply for and accept a Water Supply Revolving Loan for the Skinner Street Lead Waterline Replacement Project.

Heard on second reading was an ordinance naming Hohenbrink Excavating the winner of the bid for the waterline replacement project at $1,523,391.87. Hohenbrink was chosen from four bids. The city will use an ODOT principal forgiveness program and low-interest loan to pay for the work, which is set to begin in October.

The storm sewer bid will be put out later this year.

The Kiwanis Club of Delphos can start fundraising for a new shelterhouse to be constructed at the site of the current structure at Stadium Park.

Council approved supporting the project 6-1 with Councilman Scott Wiltsie casting the dissenting vote.

The new all-season shelterhouse will seat 120 inside and 32 outside and includes a kitchen and restrooms. The structure would be available for year-round use with air-conditioning and heat available.

In his report to council, Safety Service Director Jamie Mehaffie reported the concrete pad for the new water tower by the Fireman’s Clubhouse near Leisure Park is completed and the welding crew will be moving in to start assembling the tower. He said they would assemble it on the ground and then hoist it up for the final welding. The project is on track for the tower to be filled in November.

The North Main Street Roadway Preservation Project is on hold until asphalt can be delivered from the provider. Mehaffie said there is a shortage of drivers.

In Parks and Rec Superintendent Craig Mansfield provided report, he noted that 1,117 pool passes have been sold, close to 150 more than last year. There have been 16,639 patrons through the gate and the slide has been used 35,755 times so far this year.

Following the meeting, the Safety Services Committee met with Fire and Rescue personnel to discuss the applied for SAFER Grant.

The FEMA grant will provide full salary and benefits for six full-time firefighter/EMTs for three years.

The department will learn in the fall if it is received.

Council also heard correspondence from the Van Wert County Commissioners about a 5 p.m. Aug. 23 public meeting in the commissioners’ office on the designation of Harrison, Jennings, Liberty, Washington and York townships as restricted areas to prevent energy projects as outlined in Senate Bill 52.

There will be a Public Properties Committee meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 prior to the council meeting.