In the spring of 2021, the City of Delphi established a new position to ensure that safety standards and quality of place are maintained throughout the community. The Code Enforcement Officer does that by looking for health and safety concerns, such as a caving-in porch or garage, an unruly yard, or inoperable or unplated vehicles parked in yards or alleys.
The Code Enforcement position is a contracted one. The ideal candidate would be self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail. Lou Hayden--the current code enforcer-- fits that bill. He is working in the community answering questions and concerns from residents.
When Hayden finds something that is a violation of a code or a safety risk, he first sends out a Courtesy Notice attaching a photograph to ensure that the homeowner understands what is wrong. If no action is taken by the homeowner, the next step would be a Notice of Violation. This notice warns that if no action is taken, the city could hire a contractor to address the problem. If corrective action still does not take place, the homeowner will receive a third and final Notice to Abate. If the city has to take corrective action, the homeowner will receive a bill from the Clerk’s Office for the costs of the abatement.
Homeowners sometimes find themselves unable to meet the deadlines stated in the notifications. “As the Code Enforcement Officer for Delphi, I understand that sometimes you have a question or concern about a notice you might have received. I am here to answer any questions and will strive to give time where needed for you to address concerns. If you have a reason that you might not be able to meet a stated time frame, please contact me so that we can work together to ensure that the issues are addressed with a little grace along the way if needed,” Hayden commented.
The same applies to abandoned or inoperable vehicles. After the proper notice period the city will have the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner would then have to pay the tow service and if they want to reclaim the vehicle, they will need to show proper registration and ensure that it is operable.
The goal of the code enforcer is to bring problem properties into compliance, improving neighborhoods for all. By enforcing its codes, Delphi aims to make the community safe and aesthetically pleasing for current and future residents alike.
For any questions or concerns contact code enforcer Lou Hayden, at
The former rail corridor had become an unofficial trail after it was vacated by CSX Transportation in the late 1980s. The historic Monon High Bridge, the trail’s namesake, had been a de facto pedestrian bridge since its construction in 1891. The idea of integrating the Monon High Bridge and rail corridor into a community trail system was hatched in the late 1990s but didn’t gain significant steam until 2012 when statewide preservation nonprofit Indiana Landmarks and local preservation partners Heartland Heritage, Inc. and Delphi Preservation Society were presented an opportunity to initiate formal negotiations with CSX Transportation.
With support from the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and the Federal Surface Transportation Board, Indiana Landmarks submitted a formal proposal to CSX Transportation in late 2016 with acceptance by the rail company in early 2017. Following months of pre-development work, the bridge and nearly half mile of approach was transferred by CSX Transportation to Indiana Landmarks which immediately began stabilization and repair to a severely damaged support pier. This work was completed in late 2019.
“Stabilization of the damaged pier, which prompted Indiana Landmarks to include the bridge on our 2016 10 Most Endangered list, was critical to the effort. The repaired pier ensured the preservation of this landmark span for yet another century,” said Tommy Kleckner, Western Regional director for Indiana Landmarks. “A generous grant of $248,000 from North Central Health Services allowed us to proceed with the next phase of the Monon High Bridge rehabilitation project, the installation of decking and railing on west quarter of the bridge to allow for safe pedestrian use.”
Coinciding with the bridge rehabilitation project was the City of Delphi’s pursuit of funding to develop a finished ADA compliant pedestrian & bicycle trail from the east edge of the city to the Monon High Bridge. A $1.25 million grant from the State of Indiana’s Next Level Trails program administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources propelled the Monon High Bridge Trail project forward. Work included the creation of Miller Park with a new trailhead and parking area, an intensive slope stabilization project, paving of the trail, and installation of lighting, trail cameras, and information kiosks. “This stunning trail connects heritage sites such as the Centennial and Bicentennial monuments with the repurposed Freedom Bridge over SR 25 to the Veterans Memorial Plaza with its massive Monon train engine etched in granite, then onward to the iconic High Bridge overlooking Deer Creek,” stated Delphi Mayor Anita Werling.
Following COVID-related project delays, installation of the new prefabricated decking and custom steel railing system on the west portion of the Monon High Bridge began in earnest in the fall of 2022 with completion achieved by year’s end. “The decking and railing system turned out better than I expected. The Monon High Bridge is now safely accessible to the public, affording breathtaking views of the Deer Creek Valley from the landmark span,” added Kleckner.
Additional funding support for the trail and bridge rehabilitation project was provided by CSX Transportation, Deer Creek Township, the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and the Indiana Trails Fund.
Mayor Anita Werling announced today that Nathan (Nate) LaMar will assume duties as the Chief of Police for the City of Delphi effective Monday, July 17, 2023. He succeeds Chief Brook McCain who retired in June after 32 years of dedicated service with the City of Delphi.
LaMar served for more than twelve years in the Lafayette Police Department first as a patrol officer and rising to Narcotics Detective with the Tippecanoe County Drug Task Force receiving strong endorsements from law enforcement professionals and community officials with whom he has worked.
In welcoming LaMar to his new position, Werling stated: “As Chief of Police, LaMar will implement a Take-Home car policy approved by the City Council, promote community policing and public education strategies, and bring department policies and procedures in line with current practices. We look forward to his leadership, commitment, and enthusiasm.”
Since moving to the Delphi area in 2016, LaMar has been active in the community serving on the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce board of directors as well as the Indiana Bacon Festival Planning Committee. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, he has been an active volunteer with the Delphi Main Street organization and has served on steering committees for the Delphi Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.
DELPHI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Delphi ("City") Economic Development Commission ("Commission") will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., local time, on July 3, 2023, in the Delphi Community Center, 311 N. Washington Street, Delphi, Indiana, regarding: (i) a proposed financing of the cost of all or a portion of the construction of economic development facilities, including construction of multi-family housing and the construction of infrastructure improvements including, but not limited to, water, sewer, electric and road infrastructure and stormwater improvements, together with all necessary appurtenances, equipment and related improvements (collectively, "Project"), in or physically connected to the Delphi Economic Development Area ("Area"); (ii) the issuance of its [Taxable] Economic Development Revenue Bonds, Series 2023 ("Bonds") in the aggregate, collective, principal amount not to exceed One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars $1,500,000 to finance the Project; and (iii) to consider whether this financing will have an adverse competitive effect on any similar facilities already constructed or operating in the City.
The Bonds will be issued by the City pursuant to IC 36-7-11.9, 36-7-12, 36-7-14 and 36-7-25, and an ordinance to be adopted by the Common Council ("Ordinance"). The Bonds will not be payable in any manner by taxation but are proposed to be payable from TIF Revenues (as defined in the Trust Indenture) and as otherwise provided in the Financing and Covenant Agreement, the Trust Indenture and the Ordinance related to the Bonds.
Proceeds of the economic development financing will be used for the costs of a portion of the Project to be located on the following parcels in the City of Delphi, Indiana: 08-06-29-021-082.000-007, No. 08-06-29-021-085.000-007, No. 08-06-29-021-081.000-007 and No. 08-06-29-021-086.000-007.
The public hearing is being held pursuant to IC 36-7-12-24. The public is invited to attend and comment on any of the matters herein noted. Written comments may also be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission until the end of business on July 3, 2023, by delivering such comments to the office of the Department of Redevelopment, Delphi, Indiana.
Dated: June 21, 2023.
DELPHI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
A third-party bill payment service called DOXO has gained the unfavorable attention of utility cooperatives. City of Delphi Utility customers may be misled while searching the Internet for the City of Delphi Utilities bill payment service. DOXO's payment pages are using the City of Delphi Utilities name WITHOUT PERMISSION, giving it the appearance of an official payment site.
DOXO will charge the member extra fees for processing their transactions, and City of Delphi Utilities cannot control when we will receive the member's payment from DOXO. This may result in a late payment from the member or even disconnection due to non-payment.
If you make online payments using any other services, use caution. Investigate before paying to make sure the service is legitimate, and inquire about any additional fees you may be required to pay.