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A nine-member Delaware Financial Review Task Force approved by City Council to examine the city’s financial outlook and fiscal challenges has released its findings and residents now have an opportunity to provide public comment on the draft report.
The City of Delaware is accepting public comment on the report until 5 pm on Feb. 22. Following the public comment period, any needed changes will be made to the document, and it will be presented to City Council for adoption.
The report and public comment form are viewable here.
The Task Force was formed in March 2022, upon passage of City Council Resolution 22-18. Nine members of the Delaware community, possessing a variety of expertise and backgrounds, volunteered and were appointed to serve on the Task Force. Its members were specifically charged with: More…
Delaware City Council will be considering a handful of pieces of legislation and two liquor-related requests at its regular meeting on Monday evening at 7 PM.
Ordinance No. 23-02 is being given a second reading. This ordinance creates the Addison Northwest Tax Increment Financing Incentive Districts, declares improvements to the parcels within each district to be a public purpose and exempt from real property taxation, requires the owners of those parcels to make service payments in lieu of taxes, establishes a Municipal Public Improvement Tax Increment Equivalent Fund for the deposit of those service payments, and specifies the public infrastructure improvements that benefit or serve parcels in the incentive district.
Ordinance No. 23-03 is also being given a second reading. This ordinance declares the improvement to certain parcels within the Addison Northwest Development Area in the City to be a public purpose and exempt from taxation, provides for the collection and deposit of service payments, and specifies the purposes for which those service payments may be expended. More…
A new series begins today on 1808Delaware. From time to time, we will be sharing stories from our own archives about events, places, and people we have met during the time we have been publishing. We are calling this “Looking Back.”
We begin today with a rather enjoyable evening we spent in 2019 with a few hundred Delawareans lining South Sandusky Street. As it turns out, the evening began with a walk from the historic Courthouse to the and around the campus of OWU. When the time arrived, we found ourselves witnessing a bit of history unfolding.
This is what we experienced that October night:
Hayes Statue Unveiled; Delaware Celebrates More…
Learn why Delaware is the great City it is and meet your local government in person through the City of Delaware Citizens’ Academy.
Go behind the scenes at Delaware’s Police Department, Fire Department and water and sewer plants. Learn the structure of city government at City Hall and more. You already live in one of Ohio’s best hometowns; now you can learn how it works, and make it even better.
The Citizens Academy is a FREE series of in-person classes designed to provide an inside look at the City of Delaware government.
In each class, City staff and elected officials will provide an in-depth look at how our local government functions. Students will go on facility tours, learn all about how different departments operate, and get face to face time with department directors. More…
From the City of Delaware:
City of Delaware offices are closed Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and there will be no refuse collection. Residential refuse and recycling crews will operate on the “next day” collection schedule, Tuesday, January 17, through Saturday, January 21, to complete the week’s collections. Questions concerning collections can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-203-1810.
Council seeks to fill vacant seat. Delaware City Council is accepting applications for the vacant 2nd Ward council seat. The deadline to apply is 5 PM on January 27.
Candidates with complete applications will be invited to a public meeting for interviews with City Council on February 6 at City Hall. If necessary, an additional round of interviews may be held.
The appointed candidate can seek election to the seat in November 2023 and, if successful, would serve the remainder of the term expiring November 2027. Preference will be given to candidates who obtain 25 signatures of residents of the 2nd Ward (one signature per household) and express an interest in running for the remainder of the unexpired term. Neither completing the signature form or running for election in November 2023 are requirements to apply. More…
Now that local voters have authorized the City of Delaware to form an aggregation program for the purchase of electricity, the City is reaching out to the public to inform residents and utility customers about next steps in the process.
In November, voters considered the following question – “Shall the City of Delaware have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the City of Delaware and, for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?” and voted in the affirmative.
No, the City can negotiate with a utility to obtain bulk purchase rates for electricity on behalf of its residents and businesses through a municipal aggregation program.
To that end, the City will be holding two public meetings next week to provide information. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers in the Delaware City Hall at the corner of William and Sandusky Streets. The first will be on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 PM, and the second the following day at 2:00 PM. More…
From the City of Delaware:
Winter Weather and Friday Trash Collection Update:
Public Works and Public Utilities are preparing for the potential of ice and snow to cover the city with this approaching storm. With temps rapidly dropping overnight, we could see a “flash freeze” on wet surfaces and then snow after that. Thursday night, prior to the transition, we will be salting roadways, beginning with Priority 1 and 2 streets. The 10 salt/plow trucks will be maneuvering throughout our great city for the duration of the event. Please give them space and if possible, park vehicles off the roadway. As always, please try to stay off the roads as conditions deteriorate. When temperatures drop to the low single digits, salt is not as effective at melting ice. With the potential of extreme low temps, the roads can still be icy, even with salt on the ground. Please be patient and as the temperatures begin to rise, the salt will begin to melt the ice again. More…
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Christmas Office Hours and Collections
City of Delaware offices close at noon Friday, December 23 and remain closed Monday, December 26. Friday refuse will be collected on an accelerated schedule. Refuse will not be collected on Dec. 26. It will be collected on a “Next Day” schedule Tuesday, December 27 through Saturday, December 31.
Additional Refuse Bags Dec. 27-Dec. 31
For December 27-31, additional non-tagged bags of holiday refuse placed outside of the tipcarts will be collected at curbside.
New Year’s Hours and Collections
City offices are closed Monday, January 2. Refuse will not be collected on Jan. 2. It will be collected on a “Next Day” schedule Tuesday, January 3 through Saturday, January 7.
Christmas Tree Collections
The annual Christmas tree and holiday greens collection period is Tuesday, January 3 through Friday, February 3. Any remaining yard waste will be picked up at this time, as well. Do not place trees in plastic bags at curbside.
Curbside Collection Questions?
Questions concerning City of Delaware curbside collections can be directed to our mobile device service app, Del-AWARE, or to Customer Service at 740-203-1810 or email@example.com.
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More than one million social media users saw a City of Delaware statewide marketing campaign launched over the summer to promote all that the city has to offer.
The City’s largest-ever campaign was in partnership with Destination Delaware, the Delaware County Visitors Bureau. It promoted the City’s “Best Hometown” designation by Ohio Magazine in 2021. The effort came as Delaware increased a push to welcome visitors to its retail, parks and natural resources and special events.
The digital campaign ran June through September. Destination Delaware used its digital channels to ensure the messages reached state and regional travel audiences. More…
Economist Bill LaFayette, Ph.D. and the owner of Regionomics LLC, presented his fiscal analysis of the City of Delaware to City Council on Monday, December 5.
The study was commissioned by the City as a supplement to the recently released Comprehensive Plan Update, Delaware Together. The study’s objective is to assess the City’s long-term fiscal sustainability, and to estimate the impact of primary development types on net revenues. The study includes demographic and employment projections, which are needed to project revenues and expenditures.
According to the Delaware Gazette, the report identified ways to increase City revenue. It shared, “Ultimately, the report suggests an increase of the city’s current income tax rate of 1.85% to 2.25% would be the most productive way to address the narrowing excess of revenues over expenditures.”
The Gazette article can be read here.