Delaware City Council will honor Joe DiGenova by renaming a street after the late councilman at Monday’s meeting.
DiGenova died last Sunday afternoon following his resignation from Council because of health reasons. The Vietnam War Air Force veteran and Bronze Star recipient, spearheaded the Veterans Memorial Plaza that opened on Memorial Day last year. He served Council on and off again for more than 25 years combined.
Council is considering legislation to rename Veterans Drive to DiGenova Way.
Also on the agenda, Council will have a third reading to approve water and refuse rate changes that would increase the average resident’s utility bill by $2.96, or 2.86 percent. The last increase for water was in 2012 and for refuse was in 2011.
Sewer and storm rates would remain the same. If approved, the water rate would increase to $36.93 per month from $34.84 for the average resident, while refuse would increase by 87 cents starting May 1.
Council will have a public comment to update codified ordinance section 1168.07. It would allow the money from the tree bank fund to be used for the planting and installation of trees on public property at any location within the city including the right-of-way.
The fund is an option for developers or property owners who are required to replace removed trees in order to maintain an equivalent tree canopy citywide. The Shade Tree and Planning commissions gave their recommendations for the measure.
In other business, Council will:
• Consider proposed changes to the user fee at the Hidden Valley Golf Course. The rates would increase adult and senior rates by 50 cents during the weekdays. Students, ages 13 to 22, can play for $7, while students, ages 12 and under, can play for $5 during the weekdays. Weekend rates would be a dollar more than weekday rates of each category. Also, riding carts would be $6 for nine holes and $9 for 18 holes.
• Consider the authorization to re-issue one-year bond anticipation notes related to the Glenn Road New Community Authority financing at $10,565,000 and the city’s sidewalk maintenance program at $450,000. The notes have been re-issued each year since originally borrowed in 2005. The 2017 amount represents a reduction in the outstanding principal of $650,000.
The sidewalk notes are being re-issued to facilitate spreading the city cost of the sidewalk improvement program over several years. When the project is complete this year it is estimated that the city will continue to allocate $125,000 per year through 2021 in its capital improvement plan to pay off the outstanding notes.
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