The Delta Village Council did not have many items on their agenda at their October 17 meeting but two of them were of great interest to the community. The day after previous meeting a council-approved letter was sent to the York Township Trustees informing them of the Village’s intent not to renew its Fire Service Agreement when it expires on December 31, 2017. The outlook has changed somewhat since then.
“I have begun to look at potential options. We are looking at costs associated with running a fire service independent of the Township,” said Village Administrator Brad Peebles. “Most recently we’ve reopened some dialogue with York Township, Swancreek Township and some other communities regarding the creation of a fire district. There appears to be some renewed interest from jurisdictions and that is something that I would hope within the next thirty days we would probably have an open meeting among jurisdictions interested in having that conversation. I’m optimistic that it may be a viable option for us going forward.”
In a related issue, Village officials and their legal representation participated in a public hearing on Thursday, October 13 held by the Fulton County Commissioners regarding the Village’s request to reconfigure the boundaries of the Village as they related to Swancreek and York Township. Delta Law Director Kevin Heban, Mayor Dan Miller, Councilman Bob Gilbert and Mr. Peebles all spoke before the Board of Commissioners. No action was taken by the Commissioners and Mr. Peebles reported he expects the issue to be back on the Commissioner’s agenda within three or four weeks.
In other business, a resolution was approved to enter into a cooperative use agreement with the Village of Swanton which would allow the villages to share the street sweeper from Swanton and the jet vac from Delta.
The ordinance placing a moratorium on the cultivation, processing or sale of medical marijuana passed its second reading and has one more reading to place it into effect.
Early in the meeting, Butch Zimmerman of the Delta Community Outreach Center, asked the Council for permission to hold their Toll Bridge fund raising project for Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 on Main Street. Friday’s hours will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday’s hours will run from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Council unanimously approved the request.
The next Village Council meeting is scheduled for November 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Memorial Hall.
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