By 1808Delaware

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.

Internal discussions continue in the City of Delaware later this week about special events and the protocol which the City will then be discussing with the Health District. This includes the Arts Festival and other events through the year.

The Sunny Vee Nursing Home building, which has been through foreclosure and two failed attempts at an auction, has been offered to the City. Homan indicated that he is recommending the City not do so, citing the property’s condition and the City’s lack of capacity and resources to turn it around. The property will also be offered to the schools and to the land bank, after which it will be transferred as per the process outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.

At the March 1 work session, Homan shared that Council will hear a market retail assessment presentation and a presentation on community aggregation from an aggregation experty from northeast Connecticut.

Lastly, the City Manager told Council that departments have started to move back to the upstairs of City Hall. “We’re a ways off getting everybody back there,” he continued, but the process continues.

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