Delaware County

County Recorder Wins State Award

22 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio Recorders Association recognized Delaware County Recorder Melissa Jordan on Tuesday night as a 2021 Gold Quill award nominee at their annual Winter Continuing Education Conference and banquet for her diligent commitment to the association and her office.

Each year, the members of the association are asked to nominate a Recorder in good standing whose commitment to the ORA includes contributing to the standardization of filing practices in offices state-wide, the exchange of ideas and experiences that elevate and improve the overall office of Ohio County Recorder, and the promotion of research, development, and preparation for legislation that develops better administration of the Ohio Recorder’s Offices while cultivating unity among the members. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society Now Owns Former Jail And Sheriff’s Residence

10 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

A significant landmark of Delaware county and city history has a more certain future.

The sale of Delaware County’s historic Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence has closed.

On Wednesday, October 6, the $350,000 sale from the Delaware County Land Reutilization Corporation to the Delaware County Historical Society was completed. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Probation Monitoring Gets Tech Upgrade

5 Oct , 2021  

Minneapolis-based Precision Kiosk Technologies has announced that Delaware County has become the first county in Ohio to use the AB Kiosk® system to conduct court-mandated client monitoring programs.

The Delaware County Probation Department had been conducting breathalyzer tests using hand-held devices – a process that requires face-to-face interaction between staff and clients and elevates the risk of COVID transmission. The AB Kiosk solves this problem by automating the entire alcohol-monitoring process, including daily test coordination and breathalyzer administration. This frees up staff for higher-value work and reduces administrative costs.

The Delaware County Probation Department has installed its AB Kiosk in the lobby of the Delaware County Courthouse at 70 North Union Street. Placing the Kiosk before building security reduces access to court buildings, protecting staff from potential COVID exposure. More…

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Delaware County

Delaware County Recorder To Provide Veteran IDs At The Fair

15 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The popular Delaware County Recorder’s Veterans ID program is back at the Delaware County Fair this year. Delaware County Recorder Melissa Jordan, who launched the program in March 2014, will provide the service at the Recorder’s booth in the Fairgrounds Coliseum on Monday, Sept. 20, through Friday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

The program allows Ohio veterans to obtain a Document Identification Card (also known as a Vet ID card). The card displays a photograph of the veteran as well as relevant information regarding their service to our country. In Ohio, County Recorders maintain veterans’ military discharge records, and a Vet ID card allows veterans to prove their eligibility for various benefits. Previously, veterans had to prove their eligibility by carrying a certified copy of their DD 214. The Vet ID card is a much smaller card, easier to carry and contains all the relevant information needed. More…

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Delaware County

Delaware County Administrator Transitioning To Private Sector

3 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware
The Delaware County Commissioners have announced that Michael Frommer, the County’s Administrator since 2017, is transitioning to an executive position with a private engineering firm.

Frommer’s last full day with the County will be September 3, but Frommer and the Commissioners anticipate Frommer will consult to the County during a transition period while a new Administrator is hired. Deputy County Administrator Dawn Huston also will serve as Interim County Administrator during this transition.

Frommer will be joining Columbus-based ms consultants as their vice president of new markets and services. He will focus on expanding their services in new geographic markets and improving under-performing markets. More…

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Life in Delaware County

HazMat Drill Set For June 14

9 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee, an interagency group of first responders, industry representatives, and other local partners, will hold a hazardous materials drill on June 14 in Lewis Center. The event marks a return to in-person preparedness exercises for the county.

“The Covid-19 pandemic had forced us all to put a hold on in-person drills,” said Sean Miller, director of the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (EMA), which is coordinating the drill. The full-scale exercise, as it’s called by participants, will take place Monday morning, June 14, at the eastern terminus of Home Road.

Dozens of “players” from local fire, emergency medical and law enforcement agencies in Delaware County will respond to a call involving a fictional spill of a deadly hazardous material. More…

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Delaware County

Delaware County Retains Top Credit Rating

3 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware County has retained its top credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service and remains one of approximately 30 counties in the U.S. that have earned triple-A ratings from credit rating agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.

County Auditor George Kaitsa, who delivered the Moody’s report to the Delaware County Commissioners on May 27, noted, “As a report card for Delaware County, this rating reflects the great leadership of Delaware County’s elected officials and the strength of Delaware County’s economy.”

Of the nine credit metrics monitored by Moody’s, four of the metrics had improved while five metrics remained stable.  The annual surveillance report from Moody’s is regarded as a report card on how well Delaware County is doing both from a financial perspective as well as a management perspective. More…

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Delaware County

Delaware County Hosts Annual State Of The County Event

24 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware County’s Commissioners hosted their first in-person social gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic began on Tuesday, April 20. The 2021 State of the County was a socially distanced event held at the Columbus Zoo’s Africa Event Center.

“Traditionally, we have held our State of the County event at the end of February,” said Commissioner Gary Merrell, president of this year’s board. “But we hoped that by delaying a couple of months, we would be able to safely gather in-person again and we are very happy that we could, thanks to the excellent protocols in place at the Zoo.”

The event, which brought together a variety of community and business leaders, featured presentations by Merrell and his fellow Commissioners, Barb Lewis and Jeff Benton. Together, they highlighted the board’s accomplishments in 2020, which included the distribution of nearly $3.1 million to date in direct grants to residents, businesses and community organizations. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Significant Sums Coming To Delaware County Under American Rescue Plan

17 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

With the recent passage and signing of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, local governments across Ohio — including here in Delaware County — will soon see substantial amounts of funding heading their way. Today we share just how much each will receive.

An estimate of those expected funding amounts has been shared by the Ohio Municipal League, reflecting numbers issued through the National League of Cities.

The process used to determine these amounts included reference to those communities which receive CDBG funds directly and other “non-entitlement” cities. The schedule of disbursement will differ between the two, however in both cases the first portion of monies should be available within 60 days. More…

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Delaware County

County Hires A Public Defender

6 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Public Defender Commission has announced the hiring of John Cornely as the County’s first 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.

Cornely, a resident of Lewis Center, comes to the PDO after serving as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Ohio Public Defender for the last three years. Prior to his tenure there, Cornely was the Director of Ross County’s Public Defender Office and was an Assistant Public Defender in Athens County. He is a 1993 graduate of Olentangy High School, as well as a graduate of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

“I am excited to start the Public Defender Office,” said Cornely. “I thank the Public Defender Commission and the County Commissioners for choosing me to lead the Office.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

County Recorder Appointed Chair Of Statewide Committee

5 Feb , 2021  

The Ohio Recorders Association (ORA) held their annual Winter Conference in Columbus Nov. 16-18, which includes swearing in their executive committee for the upcoming year. The Executive Committee and incoming ORA President Ann Block appoint chairpersons to the ORA Committees.

The Ohio Recorder’s Association’s Executive Committee has appointed Melissa Jordan, Delaware County Recorder, as Chairwoman of the Continuing Education Committee for the calendar year 2021.

“This vital committee is tasked with providing continuing education opportunities to the 88 County Recorders of the State so that they can fulfill their statutory obligation to acquire the required CE credit hours for each year of their term,” said Ann Block, 2020-21 ORA President and Monroe County Recorder. More…

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Delaware County

Delaware County Commissioners Move Into The Historic Courthouse

20 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Commissioners have moved into The Historic Courthouse, completing a renovation project two years in the making. Also moving to the iconic structure, which dates from 1869, are the County’s Human Resources Department, Economic Development Department and the Delaware County Veterans Service Commission. The Historic Courthouse is located at 91 N. Sandusky St. in downtown Delaware.

The $9.5 million project was funded with monies from the County’s General Fund and Delaware County’s share of state casino revenues. Columbus-based Schooley Caldwell served as architects for the project and The Altman Company, also of Columbus, was the construction firm engaged for the work. More…

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