Dustin Ensinger

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Ballot issue prompts Powell lawsuit

The would-be developers of a proposed apartment complex in Powell have sued the city, alleging a charter amendment approved by voters earlier this month violates their constitutional rights. The developers of the Center for Powell Crossing filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio earlier this month. They claim th

Deal paves way for mall

An agreement inked between Delaware County and the Ohio Department of Transportation could prove to be one of the last hurdles to an opening of an outlet-store shopping mall in Berkshire Township by 2016. Delaware County commissioners on Thursday approved an inter-governmental agreement with ODOT that guarantees infrastructure improvements will ac

County a step closer to adding a judge

A bill to add a third common pleas court judge in Delaware County cleared a major hurdle this week. The Ohio House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to move House Bill 595 to the floor. The legislation will create a judicial position to oversee domestic relations cases. The bill could receive a vote as early as Jan. 2, according to St

County passes $89.6M budget

Delaware County will spend nearly $90 million in 2015, the largest total in the county's history. County commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a budget that calls for spending $89.5 million, with projected revenues of $81.5 million. It marked the first time since 2006 that all three commissioners voted in favor of a spending outline. &#

No BV tax issue in May

In the wake of another resounding defeat at the ballot, Buckeye Valley officials are committed to finding a solution to the district's “elementary facilities issue.” But they are in no hurry this time around. Superintendent Andy Miller on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of going back to the ballot in May. “We're committed to f

Hotel lawsuit settled

A lawsuit that many had hoped would prevent a controversial business from locating in Delaware County's Orange Township has been settled out of court. An attorney representing John Kranjec, the owner of Belamere Suites, says the settlement will pave the way for a mid-summer opening of an adult-only hotel just off U.S. 23. The hotel was originally

County to replace 3 bridges in 2015

Delaware County will spend more than $1.5 million next year to replace three rural bridges. Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved setting bid dates for the two projects. The first project will replace two bridges on Vans Valley Road in Trenton Township, just west of Miller-Paul Road. The $730,000 project will also include a slight realign

Probe of late absentee ballots sought

A former chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party is calling for an investigation into “the interference of voter rights” in the wake of the Nov. 4 election. Bob Mann, who stepped down as leader of the party earlier this year, has asked Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien to look into how the U.S. Postal Service managed to

Deal could open long-idled treatment plant

After years of sitting idle, a multimillion dollar sewage treatment plant in Concord Township could soon be up and running. Delaware County commissioners last week approved a term sheet that will allow the county to move waste water from the Scioto Reserve treatment plant to the Lower Scioto Water Reclamation Facility. “Executing this agree

“Once it gets in, it doesn't get out,” author Charles Powell told those attending a rally in Orange Township on Saturday to protest a proposed “adults-only” hotel.
Powell, author of “Not in My Town: Exposing and Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery,” spoke at the rally in protest of the controversial

Adult hotel foes rally

“Once it gets in, it doesn't get out,” author Charles Powell told those attending a rally in Orange Township on Saturday to protest a proposed “adults-only” hotel. Powell, author of “Not in My Town: Exposing and Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery,” spoke at the rally in protest of the controversial

Delaware County commissioners have given their blessing for the creation of a tax incentive zone that could pave the way for an Amazon data center.
Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a measure to support creation of a “Community Reinvestment Zone” in Orange Township.
The resolution states that Vadata, a subsidiary of the S

County supports tax incentive area for Amazon

Delaware County commissioners have given their blessing for the creation of a tax incentive zone that could pave the way for an Amazon data center. Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a measure to support creation of a “Community Reinvestment Zone” in Orange Township. The resolution states that Vadata, a subsidiary of the S

BV East Elementary recognized

Buckeye Valley East Elementary was recently named a “School of Promise” by the Ohio Department of Education. The distinction is reserved for schools that have a population of students in which at least 40 percent are economically disadvantaged, yet still perform at a very high level academically. To qualify, 80 percent of students need

Delaware County commissioners could be short-handed for about a month.
With Commissioners Dennis Stapleton set to step down at the end of November, his position could go unfilled until Genoa Township Trustee Barb Lewis is sworn into office on Jan. 1.
The Delaware County Republican Party has no plans to select an interim replacement.
“The p

Commissioners may be man short for a month

Delaware County commissioners could be short-handed for about a month. With Commissioners Dennis Stapleton set to step down at the end of November, his position could go unfilled until Genoa Township Trustee Barb Lewis is sworn into office on Jan. 1. The Delaware County Republican Party has no plans to select an interim replacement. “The p

County selects firm to design new courthouse

Delaware County has selected an architectural firm to provide design services on a new building that will house the county's common pleas court. West Virginia-based Silling Associates topped 10 other firms that answered the county's call for a request for qualifications for the project. The county is expected to begin negotiations with the firm i

Foes of adult-only hotel plan to rally

An Orange Township group this weekend plans to rally support against a controversial development proposed for the Lewis Center area. Orange Township Community Watch will hold a public event at 11 a.m. Saturday at Olentangy High School Commons to inform community members about a potential “adult-only” hotel planned for Gooding Boulevard

Rule change could eliminate art, music, some fear

A proposed change to a long-standing rule that some say could lead to the elimination of music, art and physical education on the elementary school level has not been well received in Delaware County. The so-called “5 of 8” rule requires school districts to staff buildings with a specific number of elementary art, music or physical edu

Township-village merger proposal on hold

A temporary restraining order has been granted that will prevent the Delaware County Board of Elections from accepting a petition for a merger between Berkshire Township and the village of Galena. The restraining order was granted Wednesday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court after a lawsuit was filed by a group of affected township residents Mo

Adult-only hotel case to be heard this month

A case involving a controversial development proposed for Orange Township is set to be heard in Delaware County Common Pleas Court later this month. A three-day bench trial is scheduled for Nov. 24 through Nov. 26 in connection with the lawsuit filed by the developer of an “adult-only” hotel against an Orange Township property owner wh

Proposed Galena merger faces legal challenge

A bid by two Berkshire Township residents to stop future annexations into the village of Sunbury is facing a legal challenge. A lawsuit was filed Monday by landowners in the township asking Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Duncan Whitney to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the Delaware County Board of Elections from accepting a pet

County approves road salt loan program

Towns and townships in Delaware County that are short on road salt heading into the winter will receive a little help keeping roadways clear. Delaware County commissioners on Monday approved a road salt loan program designed to ease the burden of cities and townships facing a shortage. The measure was approved in a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Ken





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