Campaign signs removed from city property


Campaign signs were removed from the public right-of-way at a city-owned duplex property.

The city of Delaware had already removed the signs that support its road income tax levy at 1273 state Route 37 when Mike West of Chatham Lane expressed concern at Monday night’s City Council meeting. West opposes the levy.

City Manager Tom Homan said the signs were not allowed to be placed in the right-of-way of the property.

“Those signs were mistakenly put in the right-of-way and they’re down now,” he said.

Campaign signs can be placed on private property, Councilwoman Lisa Keller said.

In other business, council approved an ordinance to annex nearly 3 acres of land at the northwest corner of Cheshire Road and Glenn Parkway for a future fire station. Construction is slated for April 1, depending on weather.

While Councilman George Hellinger voted for the ordinance, he voted against suspending the rules of having three readings on the issue.

“We’ve should have done this a month ago,” he said.

Council had the first reading of legislation to allow the city enter into an agreement with Heritage Ohio, which runs the Main Street Delaware program, known for putting on First Fridays each month. The agreement self-renews, but the city would need to approve changes made for Main Street’s trademark sub-license agreement requirements.

Additionally, Susie Bibler, the new executive director of Main Street, was formally introduced to the council. And City Attorney Darren Shulman conducted ethics training for council.

Also, next year’s Ironman Ohio 70.3 will take place on July 30, 2017. City officials hope to utilize dorms at Ohio Wesleyan University for athletes and their families, keeping them in the city’s downtown.

By Brandon Klein

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Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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