As we shared several days ago, the City of Delaware has a brand-new website, one which has a series of new links and tools for citizens to access important information. That post can be read here.
One component of the new site is a dedicated video player to provide access to what the City is calling an “improved meeting management system.”
Public meeting webcasts are moving from Facebook Live to the new system, a feature of the recently updated website. Citizens and interested parties now have digital access to meeting agendas, live webcasting, video recording, and minutes in a central, searchable portal. More…
A new member of Delaware City Council took his seat for his first meeting with that body on Monday night.
Stephen Tackett was selected by fellow Council members on July 8 to serve as its First Ward representative, replacing the retired Chris Jones.
City Council had undertaken a process which involved a series of interviews for six candidates. He was chosen in the second round of voting.
Tackett, a lifelong member of Delaware, was sworn into office by City Attorney Natalia Harris at a special Council meeting taking place immediately before Council’s regular meeting.
We are pleased to welcome Stephen Tackett to City Council tonight. The new 1st Ward rep was sworn in by City Attorney Natalia Harris, with Mayor Riggle, Manager Homan and others looking on. pic.twitter.com/713J5iIwbJ
— Delaware City, Ohio (@Delaware_Ohio) July 12, 2021
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Delaware City Council has announced the process for filling the vacant 1st Ward seat.
The deadline to apply is 5 PM, June 30, 2021. Candidates with complete applications will be invited to a public meeting for interviews with City Council on July 8 and (if necessary) July 15, at City Hall.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old and live in the City’s 1st Ward. The appointed candidate can seek election to the seat in November 2021 and, if successful, would serve the remainder of the
term expiring November 2023. More…
In the flurry of activity at the end of 2020, as CARES Act monies related to COVID-19 flowed from Washington D.C. and Columbus, the City of Delaware entered into collaborative efforts to make a difference for residents and businesses.
At its regular meeting on Monday evening, Delaware City Council had the opportunity to garner an update on how those monies were spent. Present for that purpose was Tim Wilson, Executive Director of the Delaware County Convention and Visitors Bureau/Destination Delaware, and Brandon Feller, President of United Way of Delaware County.
Wilson shared that in October, in the heart of the shutdowns, he had meetings with City officials, including Assistant City Manager Kyle Kridler, to discuss possible business advocacy marketing for Delaware retail businesses. More…
Delaware City Council has a relatively modest number of items on its agenda this Monday at 7:00 PM for its second meeting of March.
In addition to other miscellaneous items, that agenda includes a proclamation, a presentation, and two public hearings.
The proclamation is for Severe Weather Week present to Fire Chief john Donahue. More…
On Monday evening, Delaware City Council will be holding a Work Session to listen to and discuss three presentations on local real estate and energy, and to hold a discussion on a possible utility extension.
The presentation on real estate will be made by Pete DiSalvo of DiSalvo Development Advisors, who will be sharing the Delaware Real Estate Market Assessment. In information shared by Sean Hughes, Economic Development Director, “A real estate market assessment is a tool that looks at current market conditions including community demographics (including labor force), inventory, rates, occupancy, etc. and utilizes that information to provide a feasibility analysis for future development.” More…
During its upcoming meeting on Monday night, Delaware City Council is set to consider three ordinances and two resolutions.
All three ordinances will be considered on their second readings.
Ordinances include measures which would approve:
You’ve seen them before. Traveling down a street or road, a sign informs you about the speed you have been traveling.
In some cases, the signage is portable. In other areas, however, more permanent dynamic speed feedback signs have been placed, notifying the driver while recording the speed for government bodies seeking to promote traffic safety. Remote data is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Such has been the case during the last nine and a half months along four streets in the City of Delaware — Cobblestone Drive, Carson Farms Boulevard, Executive Boulevard, and Hall Drive. On each, this type of signage has been installed, and monitors also record speeds on sections of each street that do not have them. More…
During its regular meeting on Monday evening, February 8, Delaware CIty Manager Tom Homan shared several updates with City Council concerning COVID-19 and other matters.
Those updates included the following:
Health Commissioner Sheila Hiddleson will be in attendance at the next Council meeting on February 22, when she will provide an update on the Delaware Public Health District and on COVID-19 in Delaware County. Joining her will be Heidi Kegley, Superintendent of Delaware City Schools. More…
The planning work has been done, and now it’s time for citizens to provide input and comment as Delaware looks to its future.
At Monday evening’s meeting of Delaware City Council, Director of Planning & Community Development Dave Efland shared next steps relating to the Delaware Together Plan. He described the plan as a written expression of who and what Delaware wants to be as a community in the next 15 years. The goal of the process, Efland emphasized, is to align fiscal resources with planning.
Some 2,000 ideas were shared in the drafting process, he said, with the draft plan including 6 goals, 60 objectives, and over 230 separate action items. More…
Three public hearings are part of the agenda for Delaware City Council as it holds its first regular meeting of the year.
Of those, two deal with a proposed residential development while the third involves a requested alley vacation.
Delaware City Schools has requested the vacation of an alley at Conger Elementary School. This change would be part of plans to construct additional classrooms at the facility, and to change the location for parking. More…
What better way to discuss all things virtual than to do so during a virtual meeting?
Delaware City Council met online on Monday evening to consider a handful of matters related to this topic, largely led by new City Attorney Natalia Harris.
Harris began the meeting by presenting an overview to Council on Ohio’s Sunshine Law, which includes both laws concerning public records and also open meetings.
The primary focus, Harris said, was to look at public records laws in the context of digital communication and specifically on how those rules apply in the area of social media — what can constitute a public record; benefits and risks of elected officials engaging online; the gray areas between private and public accounts, etc.. More…