Delta Council Discusses Equipment Sharing With Swanton To Reduce Costs

Demolition of the former bus garage on Fernwood Street began on May 3, after being rendered unusable after a 2014 fire.

Demolition of the former bus garage on Fernwood Street began on May 3, after being rendered unusable after a 2014 fire.

By: Bill O’Connell
THE VILLAGE REPORTER

With the bulk of the issues discussed in earlier special committee meetings, the Monday, May 2nd Delta Village Council Meeting lasted just twenty-four minutes. It was called to order by Mayor Dan Miller at 7:07 PM and adjourned at 7:31 PM. After the minutes from the previous meeting were approved the council unanimously approved three Village shelter house single-event reservations with no discussion.

Stephanie Mossing reported that the State of Ohio auditors would be conducting their auditing of the Village’s books on the upcoming Wednesday. This is an audit that takes place every two years.

The council also discussed the sharing of equipment with the Village of Swanton in an effort to reduce costs to both communities. “We’re working on a list right now,” responded Village Administrator Brad Peebles when asked what equipment might be considered. “We’re in the preliminary stages right now and Swan Creek Township is also talking about the possibility of joining us.”

Mr. Peebles was also asked if the Village, again, intended to use inmates from the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio in Stryker for park maintenance. His answer was “No,” and cited the time required to transport the inmates to Delta and back to Stryker did not make it a viable option.

The Administrator also reported that the old bus garage, which was rendered unsuitable for any use by a fire in 2014, would be razed starting the next morning at 8:00 AM. The demolition was expected to be completed in two days.

In old business, a third and final reading of Ordinance #16-13 was passed 6-0 by the Council. This ordinance allows the Village to create a separate fund to manage funds associated with electric power and associated available energy.

A third and final reading of Ordinance #16-14 was also approved unanimously. It allows the Village to create a fund to manage funds associated with the water line production that will supply Nature Fresh Farms, Inc. with untreated water.

In new business, first readings of Resolution 16-09 and 16-10 were approved. The first Resolution authorizes the Administrator to enter into an agreement with Palmer Energy of Toledo for consulting services for various electric programs within the Village. The second Resolution authorizes the participation in the County Commissioners Association of Ohio for cooperative purchasing for solar arrays, mainly to help offset energy costs for the Water and Waste Water Treatment facilities.

Ordinance #16-17, authorizing the implementation of a Job Creation Tax Credit incentive to promote new investment and create and retain existing jobs in Delta had a first reading and was approved. Ordinance #16-18, Requiring annexation or agreement to annex for the ability to obtain water or sanitary sewer service from the Village also had a first reading approval.

The next meeting will be on May 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Village Council Room.

Bill O’Connell may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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