Life in Delaware County

House GOP Spending Plan Includes 2% Personal Income Tax Cut

16 Apr , 2021  

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press

Ohioans would receive a 2% personal income tax cut and the state would fund schools in a more equitable fashion under the latest version of the state budget introduced Tuesday by House Republicans.

The 2% cut would amount to $380 million in reduced taxes over two years beginning July 1, and is on top of $120 million in reduced taxes brought on by recently passed legislation that aligns Ohio tax code with federal law, according to majority GOP lawmakers.

The budget also provides previously announced $155 million in grants to help industries negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Public Health Announces COVID Clinic Schedule; Volunteers Sought

15 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The Delaware Public Health District has announced dates and locations for upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics beginning on April 14.

These clinics, which are not walk-in and require and appointment, will be held on Wedesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on the following basis:

Wednesdays: Powell City Hall, 47 Hall Street, Powell — Walk-thru

Thursdays: SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware — Walk-thru More…

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Life in Delaware County

Still Time To Register For Birds, Blooms & Breakfast

15 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

If you hurry, you can still beat the registration deadline for “Birds, Blooms & Breakfast” at the Stratford Ecological Center.

At the event you can enjoy an early May bird concert of sounds while walking the trails in small groups, each led by experienced birders. It’s the ideal time of year to enjoy the birds as well as the amazing wildflowers there.

Coffee, sweet treats, and boxed breakfast will be served. There are two serving times. For current biders, the “Prime Time” session is advised — 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM. For more novice birders and those who don’t like to rise at the crack of dawn, the “Not Quite Ready for Prime Time” contingent takes place from 8:15 AM to 10:10 AM. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MTSO Hosts Celebration Of Arts That Promote Social Justice

15 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Methodist Theological School in Ohio will bring together visual and performing artists for a two-day event centered on the ways social justice is promoted through the arts. “The Art of Justice: A Multi-Genre Celebration of the Arts Within Social justice Movements,” will take place virtually over two days: noon to 4PM on April 30 and 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM on May 1. This special event is cosponsored by two MTSO initiatives, the Theological Commons and the Anti-Racism Task Force.

“The Art of Justice” will showcase music, poetry and visual arts through performances, workshops and scholar-led conversation. Presenters and performers include visual artist David Butler (pictured above), folk singer Bill Cohen, poet (and MTSO alum) Barbara Fant, and singer Paisha Thomas. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Details Emerge On Proposed Bill To Restrict ‘Vaccine Passports’ In Ohio

13 Apr , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Republican-sponsored legislation will seek to prohibit the Ohio government from instituting a “vaccine passport” program, but the drafted proposal does not appear to restrict private businesses from doing so.

Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, is soon introducing this bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. It has already received support from fellow Republican lawmakers.

The term “vaccine passport” refers to showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination that could allow entry into a given place or public event. The vaccine is optional in Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine has given no indication the state government will develop a vaccine passport program here. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Half Of County Law Enforcement Agencies Adopt Community Policing Standards

12 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware; State of Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath have released an update on the number of Ohio law enforcement agencies that have implemented Ohio’s statewide minimum standards on use of force, deadly force, hiring, and recruitment.

According to the 2021 Law Enforcement Certification Report issued today by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, a total of 529 law enforcement agencies in Ohio have fully adopted the primary standards and 11 agencies are in the process of adopting the primary standards set by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

Those updates reflect that four of Delaware County’s eight law enforcement agencies are in some phase of the certification process, meaning that 76% of Delaware County’s population is covered in this aspect. That represents 177 of 259 enforcement officers. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Leads State, Area In Vaccination Rates

11 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Delaware Countians are obtaining at least one dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines at a quicker rate than anywhere else in Ohio.

Statistics reported on Friday by the Ohio Department of Health indicated that 3,985,578 Ohioans have had at least one vaccine shot, representing 34.10% of those eligible. Of those, 2,459,174, or 21.04%, of them have completed their vaccination regimen.

In Delaware County, 91,157 people have received at least one shot. This number is approximately 43.58% of those eligible. 24.90%, or 52,087 of those individuals have received either one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two shots of the other two major vaccines. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Edison Starts $22 Million Tree Trimming Effort

11 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., is conducting tree trimming and other vegetation management work in communities across its 34-county service area in Ohio to help enhance service reliability for customers. This year’s $22 million tree-trimming program will help keep power flowing to customers around the clock by preventing tree-related outages, such as those that can occur during the spring and summer storm season.

That work will take place in several Delaware County and area communities.

On the ground, contractors have trimmed trees along nearly 1,200 miles of electric lines across the Ohio Edison service area. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODOT Kicks Off 2021 Central Ohio Construction Program

10 Apr , 2021  

By ODOT, 1808Delaware

Goodbye, snowplows and hello, orange barrels. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is officially kicking off the 2021 construction season throughout the state, with more than 145 projects worth $540 million planned in the Central Ohio area this year. This includes 44 pavement improvement projects, 18 bridge projects, and 13 safety upgrades.

Much of that work is taking place in Delaware County or northern Franklin County and impacting Delaware County commuters.

Safety remains a top priority in this year’s construction program and despite a 15.5 percent drop in traffic volumes last year, the increased revenue package passed in 2018 has allowed ODOT to continue funding its safety program at a pre-pandemic level and keep important maintenance projects on schedule. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Dear Haven Park Expansion Proposal Recommended For Funding

10 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware; Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has recommended projects from 10 local communities for more than $3.5 million in grant funding to improve and increase opportunities for outdoor recreation. The money is provided through federal matching grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

“These projects will give more Ohioans a chance to enjoy the outdoors,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said.  “Improving parks, playgrounds, trails, and outdoor spaces will encourage people to get out and see what their own communities have to offer.”

Recommended projects include one from Delaware County (see below). More…

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Life in Delaware County

Increase In Indicators Not Reflected In School, Long-Term Care Case Numbers

9 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

While there is a noticeable turnaround in the recent decline of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, that change has not been reflected in numbers reported by Delaware County schools and long-term care facilities over the same period.

The number of new weekly infections has increased in the last two weeks, from 458 over the two weeks before April 1 to 497 in the two weeks before April 8. Also, one of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System indicators have been triggered again — the number of outpatient visits. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Take A Detour With Ohio’s New Trails App

9 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz today announced the release of a new mobile and web-based resource to help outdoor enthusiasts plan for and explore thousands of trail miles crisscrossing the Buckeye State.

The new DETOUR trails app, developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), is Ohio’s new go-to source for authoritative trail information for both to beginner and expert-trail users. Trails can be searched for by region, level of difficulty, activity, type, and distance. The app offers featured routes, provides driving directions to trailheads, and includes information for trail managers.

“Ohio is a great place for families to live, work, learn, and play,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This new app will help bring friends and families together by connecting them to Ohio’s abundant trail system and natural outdoor beauty.” More…

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