Delaware County Health Commissioner, Shelia Hiddleson today announced the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office awarded $41,999.97 in federal traffic safety funding to the Delaware General Health District for federal fiscal year 2016.
Delaware County General Health District received a state grant to improve the safety of Delaware County drivers. [image by Ariel Camilo]
The Health District has identified that the lack of seat belt use, driver inattention, and impaired driving are impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Delaware County.
To save lives and improve citizen’s quality of life, the Health District will use the grant funds to coordinate the SAFE Delaware County Coalition. The coalition — comprised of local law enforcement and other agencies — promotes awareness of traffic safety issues such as seat belt restraint usage, impaired and distracted driving, speed, motorcycle safety and teen driver safety. This year the coalition will focus on senior driver safety and commercial traffic in Delaware County.
The funds are passed through the Traffic Stafety Office from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.
Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The competitive grant process solicited grant proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups within selected Ohio counties and jurisdictions based upon the number of fatal crashes.
It was a good week to be in the Sunbury zip code (43074), with the highest average sales price in the county last for zip codes with at least five valid transactions. Sunbury home owners average $424,038 per sale last week, while Westerville ($330,812), Powell ($319,513), and Galena ($264,401) rounded out the top five Delaware County zip codes this past week.
Top Delaware County Sales by City
Centerburg (1) – 5999 Lane Road, $375,000
Columbus (1) – 1588 England Drive, $209,000
Delaware (20) – 7970 Reins Court, $447,883
Dublin (1) – 8790 Davington, $340,000
Galena (7) – 6112 Braymoore, $595,910
Kilbourne (1) – 3720 North Old State Road, $171,650
Lewis Center (17) – 7070 Sedge Drive, $358,237
Ostrander (2) – Huston Street, $105,000
Powell (12) – 8348 Steitz Road, $625,000
Sunbury (7) – 285 Dent Road, $465,000
Westerville (17) – 4615 Sanctuary Drive, $518,816
Until we meet again, if you need assistance with your real estate transaction contact Toby Boyce at (740) 990-9748.
In an effort to help older adults stay safe and stay independent in their home, the Delaware General Health District’s falls prevention program offers home safety checks.
Delaware County seniors can schedule a home-health check through the Delaware County Generhal Health District. [Cécile Graat/stock.xchng]
A home safety check is a free service where a health district health educator and a registered public health nurse tour an older resident’s home to assess any safety concerns. The appointments generally last an hour and include a health screening with the registered nurse.
In some cases, the assessment may find that an older adult is in need of grab bars in the bathroom, ramps to the door or simply a furniture rearrangement. The Health District works closely with the Council for Older Adults to provide home modifications on a sliding fee scale based on income and need.
Upon completion of the safety checks, clients will receive a safety tool kit that includes items that can help make a home become fall proof. Items include a nightlight, flashlight and an aluminum assist reacher.
For more information or to schedule a home safety check, call Mitchell Briant, DGHD adult injury prevention coordinator, at 740-203-2054.
Total transactions for the week were down, in large part because of Memorial Day holiday and the delay in filing end-of-the-month transfers. From discussion with area agents I would expect to a strong increase in total sales next week.
Delaware County Sales Stats (May 26-June 2)
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The highest valid transfer was the purchase of 1290 US 42 North – the Nextel building – for $750,000. The property was purchased by Route 42 LLC which includes Gina Grote, William Cashman, and Billy Kilgore according to state filing information.
Top Five Sales Last Week
$750,000. 1290 U.S. Highway 42, Delaware, Other Retail.
The single-family residential market in Southern Delaware County up to basically a line at State Route 36 and Union County to Sunbury and then State Route 37 to the East County line has shown solid signs of improvement however areas north of the line continue to lag behind.
Ohio wildlife biologists are frequently contacted by concerned residents who spot coyotes in highly developed areas. This is often not cause for alarm. Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that live in a wide variety of environments thus there is no need to report sightings to wildlife officials unless the animal appears hurt, sick, or habituated. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when you encounter an urban coyote in the Buckeye State.
Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties and are regularly seen within city limits. Read more about coyotes at wildohio.com.
There are no wolves living in the wild in Ohio.
If you spot a coyote on your property, make sure to remove all “attractants” to deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food primarily before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Do not feed coyotes directly.
Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. However, interactions with domestic pets do occur sometimes. Keep small dogs and cats inside (especially after nightfall) or leashed when outside. Motion-sensitive lighting tends to be helpful too at keeping wildlife away from your home.
Occasionally, an inquisitive coyote will stay put and watch you curiously. Make noise. Clap your hands and shout; the coyote will likely move on at this point. If it doesn’t, throw objects like rocks at it to scare it away. A coyote that loses its fear of humans could potentially become a threat.
If the coyote visiting your yard does not respond to harassment techniques such as loud noises or it is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. Nuisance trappers use highly regulated techniques to reduce urban wildlife conflicts. Coyote populations in rural areas can be managed through legal hunting and trapping methods. Consult the yearly “Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations” digest for more information.
In Delaware County there are only four licensed nuisance trappers to take care of the issue.
Bugs & Bees Control, LLC
Holy Moly Wildlife Control
Coyotes are here and we need to be proactive with protecting our pets in Delaware, Ohio.
Delaware County’s real estate market is on fire and in June 2013 the inventory was only 2.10 or 1-out-of-3 houses were sold!
For every three homes in Delaware County on the market one of them has sold. [Svilen Milev / efffective.com]
With 335 homes transferring in June 2013, with an average price of $320,536 or $125.18 per square foot it becomes pretty obvious that not only were homes selling but they were selling for a good price as well.
These homes sold for 97% of its final list price – as opposed to original list price – after being on the market for an average of 53 days.
The highest priced home to sell in Delaware County last month was $1,820,000 while the lowest priced was $25,000.
That kind of sales took a big bite out of the active market leaving only 774 active listings on the market with an average price of $432,875 or 23.6% higher than the final list price for homes that sold in the county in June.
With more than 1,000 properties on the market in June, the distressed market continued to play a relatively small role in the Delaware County real estate market accounting for 11% of active and 16% of closed properties.