Delaware County Commissioners were surprised Thursday when Seiji Kille’s, assistant county administrator, daughter, Abigail, took her father’s place at the podium to present the community enhancement grants for approval.
It was bring your child to work day.
“This resolution is for the approval of the community enhancement program,” said Abigail Kille, a fifth grader at Indian Springs Elementary. “And I recommend your approval.”
Commissioner Jeff Benton said there were many deserving organizations in the group. “It’s good the county is able to support these very good groups,” he said.
Commissioner Barb Lewis said she was happy to approve the grants because there are a lot of volunteers with the group that “work very hard to help people.”
Commissioners approved the community enhancement grants totaling $150,585.
Commissioners also approved a community enhancement grant for the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1095 for $5,833.
In other business:
• Certification of delinquent sewer accounts to the county auditor to be assessed on the 2018 taxes.
Mike Frommer, Regional Sewer District executive director, said the district started with a new bill last year that was more vibrant in appearance. He said a space was added for comments where the district could let customers know they are delinquent and close to having it assessed on their tax bill. There also is an online option available.
“We’re proposing approval of our quarterly certification for delinquencies,” Frommer said . “If you compare it to the previous April certification we’re $50,000 -$60,000 less.”
Frommer said he didn’t know if the drop in delinquency was because of the improvements or if people had more money to pay their bills.
• Approving the sanitary sewer improvement plans for Brookview Manor section 3, Fourwinds Drive, and Liberty-Sawmill sanitary sewer extension.
Frommer said the most note of the three projects was the Liberty-Sawmill extension. He said all necessary permits and easements have been obtained for the project.
“We’re going to be ready to go to bid once we receive the Ohio EPA permit,” he said. “The project has been in the works for a while and we’ve been pushing hard to get it out to get some good construction bids.”
Commissioners approved the plans for all three projects.
• Commissioners also approved Melvin Sheets as chairperson of the transit board on the recommendation of Jane Hawes, communications manager.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.