City departments attained 2012 accomplishments, Homan reports
The city of Delaware’s departments achieved a number of accomplishments in 2012, City Manager Tom Homan told city council this week.
Those achievements have been reflected by the number of positive comments from residents on the city’s Facebook page.
One of those comments was, “Thank you city of Delaware for all you do to make our community and a great place to live.”
Homan thanked the public for passage of a 2010 levy, which has provided the fire department with more personnel and paid to build a new station and purchase a new ladder truck. The public also was instrumental in getting Grandview Avenue resurfaced, he said.
City councilman Andrew Brush, 4th Ward, on Thursday echoed Homan’s comments.
“I think 2012 was a good year for the city of Delaware,” Brush said. “Despite the relatively moribund economic situation elsewhere in Ohio, Delaware has actually done very well relative to the rest of the state. Our income tax receipts have been up pretty much each year, so we haven’t been in a position where we’ve had to make drastic cuts. We’ve been able to have several consecutive balanced budgets and in addition to that, add money to the reserve fund or rainy day fund.”
The city engineering department was praised for the Glenn Parkway project, which “gives us a southern connection to U.S. 23,” Homan said. “We’re also looking at a connection from the northern end of Glenn Parkway up to Berlin Station Road.”
Homan said the city planning department’s achievements include the start of construction of Delaware Place, new senior housing at the site of the former Delaware Hotel off South Sandusky Street. The city also received a grant to build a bicycle path on Houk Road and initiated a downtown facade improvement program.
In 2012, improvements began at the water treatment plant, which is the largest public works project in city history. Homan said the plant will include an interactive display to educate citizens about where water comes from and how it’s treated.
Other city improvements in 2012 ranged from completing the Penry Road raw water line and adding a 100-space parking lot in Smith Park, to implementing an online income tax filing system.
Some of the Facebook comments were constructive. One read, “We could use a few nice restaurants in the area.” Homan said, “We’ve added a few more in the downtown. We hope to add more to the periphery of the city.”
Homan said council will hold a strategic planning meeting Saturday, March 2, hold a retreat in April, and prepare a strategic plan. He said the city has several plans, but “we don’t have anything that really captures all those in a strategic way.”