Life in Delaware County

Rounding Home: Lyra Drive Roundabout Project Making Progress

26 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

As we shared back in April, challenging traffic patterns in the northern portion of the Polaris/Gemini area will be made a bit easier to navigate when a new roundabout project is finalized later this year.

According to officials with the City of Columbus and Delaware County, the project will extend Lyra Drive from its current northern terminus to East Powell Road. In a visual context, the new street will go north from between the Cambria and Hilton Home2Suites hotels, cross the small pond, veer east, and hit Powell Road just to the east of/alongside Cliff Springs Trail.

At the intersection, a new roundabout is being constructed. The new extension will open up a third east-west access for traffic visiting businesses on and abutting Lyra Drive.

Improvements include lighting, drainage, waterline, sanitary, sidewalk, shared use path and landscaping. More…

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Delaware County Ranked As Tenth Most Healthy County In The Nation

27 Jun , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

It’s something that residents know, but now others do too – Delaware County turns out to be a very healthy place in which to live.

So says the recently-released U.S. News Healthiest Communities rankings, which set out to examine aspects of local living that positive or negative impacts on health.

According to the release, “The U.S. News Healthiest Communities rankings measure crucial health-related components of society with the aim of empowering citizens, health care leaders and officials to make decisions about policies and practices that can improve health outcomes for all.”

The process used for ranking places scores 3,000 counties on 89 indicators across 10 categories, each of which contribute to community health. Categories included, in order of weight given to each, Population Health, Equity, Education, Economy, Housing, Food & Nutrition, Environment, Public Safety, Community Vitality, and Infrastructure. More…

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County Opens Historic Courthouse For Public Tours

2 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

One thing is clear. The building which served as the Delaware County Courthouse, built in 1868, is a community landmark.

Replaced by a functional building across Sandusky Street a few years ago, the Historic Courthouse, as it is now known, has been restored to serve again as a county facility. Among other things, it houses the offices and meeting room for the Delaware County Commissioners.

Now, in response to public demand, the Commissioners have authorized new free guided tours of the building.

Available time slots for this approximately 30-45 minute tour are: Tuesdays 11 a.m. or 4 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m. or 4 p.m., and Fridays 11 a.m. You can also request other time slots during our regular business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays-Fridays except for government holidays), but their availability will depend on other events going on in the building. The building is fully accessible.

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Commissioners Host 2022 State Of The County Event

19 Apr , 2022  

The Delaware County Commissioners hosted their annual State of the County event this week at the Delaware County Fairgrounds’ new Agricultural Center. Nearly 200 county residents, business owners and officials joined them.

The theme was a salute to the partnerships that have transformed Delaware County into the fastest-growing county in the state, while also maintaining a unique quality of life.

“Throughout the pandemic, we worked hard to stay connected, to reinforce and grow our community partnerships,” said Commissioner Barb Lewis, president of this year’s board, in her opening remarks, “because we know that together, we are stronger.”

Lewis went on to highlight projects that the County partnered on with United Way of Delaware County, first-responder agencies throughout the County, the Stepping Up Initiative, the Delaware County Housing Alliance, and special court-system dockets that aid local veterans and residents overcoming substance-abuse challenges.

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Delaware County Videos Bring Home National Awards

7 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware from Delaware County

Two videos produced in the last year by the Delaware County Commissioners’ Office have taken home a number of national awards. A two-minute video entitled “Delaware County: It’s Still Where You Should Be” took top honors in the Short-Form Video Category at the Government Social Media Organization’s national conference on March 30 in Dallas, Texas, while a “tour” of Delaware County’s Historic Courthouse was a finalist in the Long-Form Video Category.

Those results were reversed at the City-County Communications and Marketing Association’s national conference in St. Louis, Mo., last September, when the guided tour video took 1st place and the shorter video took second. Both conferences bring together government communications professionals from federal, state and local jurisdictions in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.

The videos, explained the Commissioners’ Director of Communications Jane Hawes, were produced for and debuted at last year’s State of the County event. The County’s communications team worked with Outsider Video + Motion Graphics, a video-production firm based in Columbus, to create them. More…

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Delaware County Announces Hiring Of New Public Defender

5 Apr , 2022  

The Delaware County Public Defender Commission announced that it has voted unanimously to hire Carlos Crawford as the County’s Public Defender. The Public Defender Office provides legal representation for indigent defendants in the Delaware County judicial system, who cannot afford to hire attorneys themselves.

“Mr. Crawford’s integrity, compassion, and outstanding record representing criminal defendants will provide exceptional service to the office, the court system, and the people of Delaware County,” said Melissa Knopp, the Delaware County Public Defender Commission’s chairperson. “The Public Defender Commission is extremely fortunate to have hired an attorney of Mr. Crawford’s caliber, and we look forward to working with him.”

Crawford, a former member of the Public Defender Commission, is a local attorney with significant experience in the criminal court system. Prior to joining the Public Defender Commission, Crawford represented indigent defendants as part of his private legal practice in Delaware and Marion counties. He also handled a wide spectrum of criminal matters, spanning from minor misdemeanors to major felonies in state and federal courts. More…

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Applications Sought For NorthStar New Community Authority Board

10 Mar , 2022  

The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is seeking to appoint one member to the NorthStar New Community Authority (NNCA). The Board of Trustees of the Authority shall be composed of seven (7) members. This Board shall appoint three (3) citizen members of the Board of Trustees to represent the interests of present and future residents of the District and one (1) member to serve as a representative of local government. The Board of County Commissioners is currently seeking to appoint one (1) citizen member to serve an unexpired term that will end Aug. 15, 2023.

The Authority facilitates the financing and construction of specific infrastructure improvements benefiting property owners within the Authority’s boundaries. In addition, the Board of Trustees would have primary responsibility to oversee the financing of the infrastructure and improvements described above and to provide for the levy and collection of the community development charge within the Authority. More…

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Applicants Sought For Public Defender Commission

4 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking to appoint one (1) member to the Delaware County Public Defender Commission. The Public Defender Commission consists of five (5) members, three who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and two by the presiding judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County.

 The Board of Commissioners seeks to appoint one (1) member to fill a seat with an unexpired term. That term will end Oct. 1, 2022.

The responsibilities and duties of the Public Defender Commission are to appoint the county public defender, determine the qualifications and size of the supporting staff and facilities and other requirements needed to maintain and operate the office of the county public defender, recommend to the County Commissioners an annual operating budget, submit an annual report to the County Commissioners and the Ohio Public Defender Commission on the operation of the county Public Defender’s Office, including costs, expenses, and finances, and create monthly reports relating to reimbursement and associated case data pursuant to the rules of the Public Defender Commission. More…

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Byxbe Campus Construction Begins

8 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware, from Delaware County

Construction on the Byxbe Campus officially has begun.

At a dual wall and groundbreaking ceremony last week, the Delaware County Commissioners signaled the start of construction at the Delaware Area Career Center’s former North Campus site. The existing building will be renovated and a new building will be constructed as part of the project.

Named for Moses Byxbe, the early 19th-century settler who helped plan the city of Delaware, the 64-acre Byxbe Campus was purchased by the Commissioners from DACC in 2017 for $1.7 million. It is located at 1610 State Route 521, Delaware.

The existing 140,000-square-foot building, which dates from 1974, will undergo renovation and will house a variety of offices and departments, including: the Delaware County Engineer’s Office, the Regional Sewer District, the county’s Building Safety and Facilities Management departments, the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission, the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District and OSU Extension. By co-locating these offices in one facility, the county intends to provide a “one-stop shop” for the engineering and development services for homeowners, developers and business owners in Ohio’s fastest growing county. The renovation has an estimated completion date of early summer 2023. More…

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Delaware County Commissioners Approve 2022 Budget

21 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Board of Commissioners has approved its general-fund budget for 2022.

The $128,805,682 figure approved is a 7.98% increase from the $119,285,957 in operating and capital expenditures that were budgeted for in 2021. The 2022 budget also matches a revenue projection of $128,805,682 for the county.

The previous budget had been a 0.1% reduction in projected spending. The Commissioners continue to assume that population and economic growth will continue for the county, which remains the fastest-growing county in the state. But with many unknowns still impacting the future of the economy, they are choosing to plot a more cautious path forward with spending. More…

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