Trash, memorials are topics for Public Works/Public Utilities

By Gary Budzak - [email protected]

The city of Delaware’s Public Works/Public Utilities Committee will meet today at 7 p.m. in council chambers to discuss downtown trash, memorial displays and to go over projects.

There have been concerns about curbside trash in what is called the downtown refuse district. The downtown refuse district includes William and Winter streets, Spring and Central streets, Franklin and Union streets, and Sandusky Street.

While most business and property owners comply, there have been a couple of people who have regularly left their trash out longer than the city allows, such as at 18-20 S. Sandusky St., officials say.

In a recent memo to council members, Assistant City Manager Jackie Walker outlined a couple of possible goals and resolutions offenders leaving garbage near the street curb.

“Staff is happy to move forward with any goal that City Council sets,” Walker wrote. “However, it is important to note that all of these goals and resolutions are divergent to current practices.”

Discussion of potential policy on public right of way memorial displays is also planned. Often, the scene of a fatal traffic crash or nearest marker is decorated with flowers, a cross and other mementos and becomes something of a shrine for surviving family and friends.

The meeting will include updates on the Troy Road bike way; the 2016 resurfacing program; Pollock Road pavement; and extending Glenn Road.

Also at the meeting, there will be an update on the advanced metering infrastructure project. The city will use Mueller Systems products to provide automated water meter readings, which will improve accuracy, detect leaks and potentially save users money. The meters are expected to be completely installed throughout the city by year’s end.

There will also be an update of the following public utilities projects: the Bernard Avenue storm water pipe replacement at Ohio Wesleyan University; building canoe/kayak access sites at Mingo Park and Cherry Street; the sanitary sewer collection system master plan; and wastewater plant aeration system improvements.

On the latter project, there will be three existing blowers rebuilt; installation of two new aeration blowers and dissolved oxygen sensors in the aeration tanks. The project is expected to be completed this November.

The city typically holds its planning commission meetings the first Wednesdays of month at 7 p.m., but no information was available on the city website as The Gazette went to press.

By Gary Budzak

[email protected]

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.