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.


Life in Delaware County

Delaware, Powell Water Parks Closing For Season

2 Sep , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

When the temperatures begin to think about falling – which they haven’t done to any great degree recently – it’s time for communities to begin planning for that colder weather.

That process invariably includes shutting up warm weather facilities, particularly those involving interaction with water.

In Delaware, the splash pad at Veterans Park and swimming pool at Mingo Park will close for the season after this holiday weekend. Splash pad hours are 10 AM to 8 PM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; pool hours are Noon to 7 PM on the same dates; and then the Doggie Dive-In will be open on September 7 from 6 to 8 PM,

The Splash Pad in Village Green Park in Powell is also preparing to close for the season.  Normal hours are 9 AM to 9 PM  seven days/week. The hours will change to 9 AM to 3 PM on September 5-9, and Friday, September 9, will be the final day of operation for 2022.  More…

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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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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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City Breaks Ground On Two Significant Sawmill Projects

6 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The City of Delaware and EXXCEL Project Management, in partnership with Bridge Investment Group, have broken ground on an economic development project that is expected to result in the creation of almost 2,500 jobs.

Work is beginning on both the Sawmill Parkway extension and Sawmill Pointe Business Park.

Sawmill Parkway is being extended west 1,400-foot and should be completed by December 2022. Eventually, Sawmill will extend all the way to Section Line Road at a roundabout intersection. Water and sewer lines, stormwater, streetlights, fiber optics and bike paths are all part of the project.

The extension will open access to 290 acres, including the 89-acre Sawmill Pointe Business Park — 1.3 million square feet of industrial space, beginning with two 90,000 square-foot buildings. 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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Life in Delaware County

A Musical Summer With Harmony In The Park

8 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Is there a better way to spend a summer evening than relaxing while listening to music?

How about being able to do so while sitting in a beautiful park setting?

That opportunity is available on select Sunday evenings at the Bicentennial Park gazebo at Washington Street and Park Avenue in Delaware with the return of the popular Harmony in the Park Concert Series.

While most of the lineup for the remainder of the summer has been set, a few days are open for area musical groups (see list below) – at least they were open as of July 6. Upcoming concerts are as follows:

  • July 10: Buckeye Valley Alumni Band
  • July 17: Ralphie and The Now Forgotten
  • July 24: Open-Call to Reserve your band (740-203-1450)
  • July 31: Open-Call To Reserve your band (740-203-1450)
  • August 7: Meak Quartet
  • August 14: Blue Limestone Project
  • August 21: Trombones Plus

On the last Sunday of August, an Ice Cream Social will be held. From 6 to 7 PM, the group “Of Sounds Minds” will be providing entertainment. The slot from 7 to 8 PM is open – Call To Reserve your band (740-203-1450).

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

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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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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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