Delaware

2022 Budget Earns City National Honor

19 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The City of Delaware has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award it was announced this week.

“The award represents a significant achievement,” the GFOA said. “It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.”

The award was for the 2022 Operating Budget, coordinated by Assistant to the City Manager Alycia Ballone. The document was judged on how well it serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and as a communications device. You can view the budget here.

There are over 1,700 participants in the Budget Awards Program. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America, the GFOA said.

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Delaware

Delaware Has A New Director Of Finance

17 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The City of Delaware this week welcomed Dawn Bennett as its new Director of Finance.

Bennett brings to the position more than 25 years’ experience in public sector financial and accounting management, most recently as a budget analyst with Columbus City Schools. She takes over for Justin Nahvi, who departed in May for a new position.

“We are extremely excited to have Dawn join our team,” said Delaware City Manager Tom Homan. “Her experience and knowledge will be instrumental in helping ensure the City of Delaware remains on sound financial footing.” More…

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Delaware

City Seeking Voter Approval For Electric Aggregation

12 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Voters in the City of Delaware will decide November 8 whether to let city officials negotiate for electricity on their behalf.

City Council on Monday night voted to place the following question before City voters:

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?

If the ballot initiative passes and the City contracts with a provider, residents would receive a letter asking if they want to be included. If they don’t, they can opt out with no penalties or fees. More…

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Delaware

Olentangy River Clean-Up Day Taking Place This Month

2 Aug , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The Olentangy Watershed Alliance, Keep Delaware County Beautiful, and Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed are partnering to hold the City’s annual Olentangy River Clean-Up.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM to Noon at the Mingo Park Kayak Launch in Delaware, 500 East Lincoln Avenue.

The Olentangy River, a tributary of the Scioto River. is 97 miles long  It runs from near Galion south to its junction with the Scioto River near downtown Columbus.

Equipment will be provided, including grabbers, gloves, safety vests, and trash bags. Sturdy, close-toed shoes that can get wet are recommended, with no bare feet or flip-flops. Wear clothes that can get wet or dirty.

You should expect to wade through the river to look for trash; there may be some areas where it’s not possible to walk on the river bank, and where you must wade through water. More…

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Business, Delaware

City Cites Numbers For Local Development Pause

30 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

As we shared on Friday, the City of Delaware is reportedly putting a temporary hold on consideration of development proposals that are not located within its corporate limits.

This includes both applications which have previously been submitted in addition to potential applications which have not yet been presented, according to the Columbus Business First article.

On Saturday morning, the City of Delaware confirmed the pause through a social media post. In addition, the City shared numbers which reflect the reason for the action, sharing that over 50 separate projects and 1,000 houses are currently in the development pipeline. More…

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Business, Delaware

City Of Delaware Puts Hold On Development Proposal Reviews, Business First Reports

29 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

It is a common assumption that strong development trends in place for the last 30-plus years for Delaware County are likely to stay for some time, but this is something else entirely.

Now that the possible scope of the Intel investment in nearby Licking County is beginning to emerge, taking place just a short distance from the Delaware County line, area governments are moving as quickly as possible to prepare for the residential, commercial, and industrial development that is sure to come.

In the case of the City of Delaware, things appear to be coming in the door by leaps and bounds and faster than than can be handled.

Columbus Business First reported on Friday that the City has reacted to this pressure by temporarily closing down certain types of development proposal processing. More…

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Delaware

AARP Ohio Selects Unity Park For 2022 Community Challenge Grant

5 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

AARP Ohio has announced that the City of Delaware Parks and Recreation Department will receive a 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant, one of six grantees chosen statewide, to fund fitness enhancements at Unity Park.

The $15,000 grant will help fund a fitness loop and equipment, age-friendly benches, programming space, a shade structure and safety lighting. The fitness equipment and programming space will be placed on a poured rubber surface.

Through community outreach, City of Delaware Parks staff discovered the unmet need in the community was predominantly from the 50-plus age group. The local neighborhood has difficulty getting transportation to SourcePoint and the Delaware Community Center YMCA to participate in fitness and healthy living programs. This alternate location will help bring programs to the community and help expand opportunities for residents.

“The collaborative effort produced wonderful results for Unity Park,” Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said. “Parks staff and citizens both had an opportunity to express their vision for the space and in so doing, the relationship between the city and a portion of its citizenry also was transformed.” More…

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Delaware

Soak Up The Rain And Save With A Rain Barrel

30 Jun , 2022  

You can soak up rain and save money at the same time with the City of Delaware rain barrel program.

Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later uses such as on lawns, gardens or indoor plants. They are a great way to conserve water and also have water that is free to use. The water from a rain barrel is non-potable (not drinkable), but it has several practical uses such as:

  • Hand watering plants
  • Watering plants with drip irrigation
  • Filling bird baths or providing water to other wildlife or pets
  • Water features

The City of Delaware currently is offering rain barrel kits to City water customers at a discount. EarthMinded-brand barrels in tan, black or gray are available for only $60 (regularly $120-$170). This includes the 45- 50-gallon barrel and the diverter kit and installation instructions. More…

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Delaware

Community Sponsors Again Help Support July 4 Fireworks

29 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Community partners again have answered the call to help sponsor the City of Delaware’s annual Independence Day fireworks show.

Byers Auto Group, Meijer and OhioHealth are the main sponsors. Each renewed pledges – Byers as the Presenting Sponsor, Meijer as the Grand Finale Sponsor, and OhioHealth as the Community Spirit Sponsor – for the July 4 spectacle.

An estimated 30,000 people annually pack the viewing grounds along Henry Street and the Ohio Wesleyan athletic fields. The half-hour show caps an Independence Day in Delaware that includes a parade and free outdoor concert.

Also supporting the show with donations this year were JEG’s Automotive, the Delaware Fraternal Order of Eagles, CT Consultants, Holowicki McDonald’s, Scioto Energy, and First Commonwealth Bank. More…

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Delaware

Delaware Police Outfitted With Body-Worn Cameras

26 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Police officers in the City of Delaware are newly equipped with body-worn cameras.

The deployment of cameras began the week of June 13 and culminated an 18-month effort that was delayed somewhat by supply chain issues.

With sworn officers at the level of patrol sergeant and below on three shifts outfitted, there will be about 50 body cameras in use.

The body cameras can record and sync with in-car dashboard cameras. When the patrol vehicles’ overhead lights are activated, the cameras automatically turn on as well. Officers can also activate the body camers manually when away from their vehicles. The recorded footage is uploaded into a cloud-based storage system, via docking stations in the cruiser or at the police station. More…

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