Delaware

Delaware Fireworks Postponed Indefinitely

5 Jun , 2020  

Because of state restrictions on large attendance events amid the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Independence Day concert and fireworks in the City of Delaware have been postponed indefinitely.

The annual July 4 parade, organized by Citizens for The Fourth, had previously been cancelled.

“We don’t foresee the state of Ohio’s large gathering requirements being reduced significantly enough by early July to allow for our community’s Independence Day celebrations,” Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said. “We are disappointed that we are not able to celebrate July 4 with our traditional fireworks display.” More…

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Business, Delaware

Applications Coming In For New City Grant Program

2 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

It’s still the consensus of Delaware City Council that the new Business Assistance Grant Program is a great idea.

They just need a bit more time to put all of the pieces in place.

During Council’s Virtual Work Session held on Monday evening, the measure was up for consideration on a second reading. Assistant City Manager Kyle Kridler that the wording of the ordinance has not changed since its first reading on May 26, and that it is clear that the word is getting out about the new program. City Economic Development Director Sean Hughes shared with Council that eight applications have been received to date. More…

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Delaware

Delaware Police Chief Sends Message To Community

30 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff; Delaware Police Department

On Friday afternoon, Delaware Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski sent an open letter to the citizens of the city of Delaware.

The communication came after a dramatic and unsettling 24 hours with protests taking place in Minneapolis, Columbus, and other US cities resulting from the death of George Floyd while in custody of local law enforcement.

About 150 people attended a vigil in downtown Delaware on Friday night in support of Floyd. More…

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Delaware

Jack Florance Pool Closed For Season

28 May , 2020  

In a Facebook post this week, the City of Delaware announced that Jack Florance Pool will remain closed for the 2020 season.

The decision to keep the pool closed this summer was not a decision made lightly or in haste. It was based on a number of factors, including very strict federal, state and local guidelines; economic feasibility; and restrictions on pool operations, including the requirement that social distancing be observed in the water. More…

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Business

Delaware Council Supports Small Business Grant Program Idea

27 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Often, last minute ideas driven by intense need can result in creative solutions.

Such was the background for a request to Delaware City Council at its Tuesday evening virtual Special Meeting to consider supporting the creation of a new Business Assistance Grant Program for businesses within the city impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or recent flooding.

As described by Assistant City Manager Kyle Kridler, the Delaware program would be similar to those already enacted in other central Ohio communities, including one in Union County, that have seen success. More…

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Delaware

Delaware’s COVID-19 Financial Impact Slowly Beginning To Emerge

15 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty of the economy in times such as these, makes it difficult to create precise financial predictions.

Nevertheless, as the pandemic has now had several weeks of impact, members of Delaware City Council’s Finance Committee received some indications at their meeting on Wednesday about the possible impact on City finances, at least as of the end of April.

Finance Director Justin Nahvi reviewed the City’s major funds for the Committee. In each, he shared observations on what those numbers indicate in terms of impact. More…

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Delaware

City Wants Your Opinions On Parks And Recreation

13 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

The City of Delaware wants to know what you think about its parks.

In specific, the goal is to obtain your opinions so that the City can develop recreation and park priorities. To that end, it has developed both a written and online survey.

At its meeting on April 15, Parks and Natural Resources Director Ted Miller told Delaware City Council that parks and trains remain open, while all playgrounds and indoor facilities are closed. More…

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Business, Delaware

Council Supports Giving DORA Expansion “A Shot”

12 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

During its regular meeting on Monday night, held via the internet and broadcast on the City’s Facebook page, Delaware City Council took a step to support downtown’s eating and drinking establishments.

City Manager Tom Homan introduced the idea of an expansion of the City’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or “DORA,” by moving it from a special event base, single occurrence set-up to something which would be available each day throughout the week.

The City’s DORA authorizes licensed liquor establishments in the designated area to sell beer and wine during events that can be carried out of their establishments in specially marked cups. Guests must stay within the designated DORA boundaries, which encompass almost six square blocks of downtown. More…

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Delaware

Delaware City Officials Provide Coronavirus Update

29 Apr , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

During the Monday evening virtual meeting held by Delaware City Council, several city officials shared details of City operations over the time which has passed since Council’s last meeting.

While the mood was generally upbeat, words of caution were also present as the City awaits news on important revenue items. More…

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Delaware

Health District Taking Center Stage At Delaware Council Meeting

27 Apr , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

The Delaware General Health District has been at the forefront of local news over the last couple of months, and for obvious reasons as it leads local efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the meeting of Delaware City Council on Monday night, the Health District will be the focus of two distinct parts of the agenda.

First, a Proclamation will be presented recognizing Delaware General Health District and Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson. More…

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Delaware

Delaware Opens New Walking Path – Early!

21 Apr , 2020  

Realizing that more residents are outdoors now than in quite some time, the City of Delaware decided to offer a new, primitive walking path to accommodate that demand.

The new path is located on undeveloped City property near the Dog Park on the east side. The actual address is 840 Mill Run Crossing.

The Parks and Natural Resources Division prepared the site with brush mowing, clearing, and trash collection. More…

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Delaware

Meeting Focuses On Finances: It’s A Bit Soon To Tell Impact Of COVID-19

17 Apr , 2020  

As the impact of shutdowns and changes in consumer behavior begin to be known, cities across Ohio are beginning to evaluate where governmental finances stand.

The City of Delaware has begun that process, and on Wednesday, City Council’s Finance Committee held a meeting to evaluate where things stand.

In a review of the March Financial Report, Finance Director Justin Nahvi discussed where revenue and expenses stand as of the end of March. More…

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