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Join the Orange Township Events Committee!

Looking to get involved? Join the Events Committee! This group helps plan the Orange Township signature events such as the Independence Day Parade, Founders Festival, Holiday Event, and more! This committee meets once a month or as needed. Email Sydney, spherbert@orangetwp.org if interested!  

Orange Township June 2024 Newsletter

June is here and there's lots going on in Orange Township.  Lots of helpful tips to keep your family safe as we look forward to warmer weather.  

AEP Ohio regarding upcoming increases to your electric rate

You may have recently received communication from AEP Ohio regarding upcoming increases to your electric rate.

These increases pertain to the transmission and distribution portions of your electric bill. The charges are utility related and will apply to all residents in the AEP Ohio utility footprint.

Please note, these increases are not associated with the Township’s electric aggregation program. The savings achieved by residents currently participating in the program far exceeds these upcoming utility increases.

If you are not currently participating in the Township’s aggregation program and would like to be enrolled, please contact Trebel Energy at 877-861-2772 or Archer Energy at 844-795-7491. Mention you are a resident of Orange Township and would like to participate in the program.

Here’s what you need to know:

Transmission: AEP Ohio is investing in new transmission lines to better serve customers. Many of the high-voltage transmission lines AEP Ohio relies on to serve customers are antiquated and are nearing the end of their expected life. Updating the transmission infrastructure is necessary to help prevent power outages and protect against threats to the electric grid. This enhancement project will also support new jobs and economic growth.

What to Expect: A typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh of electricity per month will see the Transmission Service line item on their electric bill increase by approximately $10 per month beginning on April 1st.

Distribution: AEP Ohio filed an Electric Security Plan (ESP) stipulation with the PUCO last year that will support improving reliability and implement programs to help customers reduce energy usage and save money.

What to Expect: If the plan is approved as submitted, customers will see an average monthly increase of about $1.50 on their bill beginning in late 2024.

To find out more regarding these changes please visit AEPOhio.com/BillChanges or 

Nominate a Grand Marshal!

The theme of the 2024 Independence Day Parade is "Orange Township Honors America's Heroes". We want the community to choose this year's Grand Marshal. In consideration of the new Veterans Memorial, we are looking for a local Veteran or active duty service member to serve as the Grand Marshal.  

SHOUT OUT!!

We want to express our deepest appreciation to EyeShop Optical for renewing their Partnership with Orange Celebration for another year!  Dr. Sayers, owner of EyeShop and a Doctor of Optometry, has been a supporter of not only Orange Celebration but our Orange Township community for many years.  It is through her generosity and giving heart that many organizations in our area can continue to provide valuable services and events. Be sure to see her at this year's Independence Day Parade, too!    

Department of Aging reminds Ohioans to beware of home repair scams following severe weather

In the wake of severe storms across Ohio late Thursday, Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) Director Ursel J. McElroy is warning all Ohioans, including older adults, to beware of scams surrounding home repairs.  Following a severe weather event, contractors may go door-to-door in neighborhoods offering to repair affected residents’ homes. Projects may include repairing roof damage, clearing fallen trees, and more.

If someone you do not know attempts to solicit business at your door, some tips include:

• Ask for written information about the company’s services
• Check to see whether the company is properly licensed
• Inform your insurance company about the offer
• Request time to consider the offer – at least a day or two

If a contractor pushes a resident to decide immediately, the resident should refuse the offer, call local law enforcement, and report a potential scam.

To learn more about home repair scams and other scams that target older adults, visit ODA’s website.

SHOUT OUT!!

We want to express our deepest appreciation to EyeShop Optical for renewing their Partnership with Orange Celebration for another year!  Dr. Sayers, owner of EyeShop and a Doctor of Optometry, has been a supporter of not only Orange Celebration but our Orange Township community for many years.  It is through her generosity and giving heart that many organizations in our area can continue to provide valuable services and events. Be sure to see her at this year's Independence Day Parade, too!    

Aquatic Center 2024 Dates

May 24 - North Orange Aquatic Center Opens for the Season
June 7 - Night Swim 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
July 19 - Night Swim 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Aug. 9 - Night Swim 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sept. 2 - North Orange Aquatic Center Closes for the Season
Costs:
Youth - $105
Adult - $105
Senior (60+) - $75
Family (2) - $175 
Family (3) - $195
Family (4) - $215
Family (5) - $235
Family (6) - $255
Children age 2 or younger - no charge
Daily Pass Rate - $9 (Can only be purchased by Orange Township Resident/can be used for an Orange Township Resident or Guest accompanying a Resident.)
PAY ONLINE (Select Aquatic Center)
Notes: 
• Family: Up to two (2) primary named adult members in the same household plus dependents up to age 23.
• Swim Lessons at NOAC are organized and managed by Columbus Pool Management. You can find more details HERE!
• Aquatic Center phone is only answered during pool operating hours. Call 740-657-8881. For questions outside pool season please call 740-548-5430.
• HOURS: Daily from 3:00pm - 8:00pm ; Weekends from 11:00am - 8:00pm
• Night Swim (6/9, 7/21, 8/11): Regular hours then reopens from 8:30pm - 10:30pm 
• Any updates to the 2024 Aquatic Center season can be found HERE

Orange Township Shredding Event

Orange Township will be holding a shredding event on Saturday, May 11th at the North Orange Park from 10am - 1pm. There is a limit of 5 BOXES OF PAPER PER CAR. 

Route 23 Connect

Ohio Department of Transportation - Columbus District 6 will be holding more public meetings regarding the Route 23 Connect. You can find more information on their website, publicinput.com/23Connect

Provide intersection by intersection input here.

Tax Forms & Assistance

Your Delaware County District Library locations provide federal, state, municipal and school district tax forms as needed on demand. Library staff can find the forms, print them, and print instructions, but cannot provide any advice on how to fill them out.  The first copy of any tax form is printed for patrons free of charge, and the first 10 pages of printed instructions will be offered for free.  If you are unable to meet the federal filing deadline and need an extension, click here for more information.  Otherwise click below for access to forms or filing electronically. 

Fire Department Did You Know #4

Did you know the Orange Township Fire Department is active in the community? Today they partnered with SourcePoint: Thrive after 55 to provide CPR Certification to their response team. They also provide First Aid training, child car seat safety inspections through the Delaware General Health District, install smoke detectors, fire extinguisher training, home inspections, commercial building walk-throughs, school presentations, fire station tours, special event standbys, etc. You can also catch them at Township events like the Independence Day Parade and Holiday Event

SHOUT OUT!!

We appreciate the continued support of AmeriHealth Chiropractic for renewing their Partnership with Orange Celebration in 2023-24.  Dr. John Moore is one of our long time supporters, and he helps many organizations in our area.  Thank you Dr. Moore and AmeriHealth Chiropractic for your continued support and believing in us. 

Local Olentangy School Resources

With Olentangy School's new school year beginning, we have all the resources, activities and organizations at your fingertips!   We also provide Educational Learning Resources directory with 100's of educational resources.  NEW! Find out how to keep your child's personal data safe! 

Welcome DelCo Handyman as Newest OC Partner!

Who doesn't need professional home repair, remodeling and product assembly services from time to time?  Be sure to contact our newest OC Partner, Delaware County Handyman!  Get the expert help you need quickly and easily! For a complete overview of services and to request a virtual quote, access their website at delcohandyman.com

Pickleball Courts Are Open!

The North Road Pickleball Courts are now OPEN!  With our warm summer weather, now is an ideal time to enjoy the courts, open from dawn to dusk.  

RUMPKE

Acceptable Items for Recycling

NORTH ROAD PARK PROJECT

North Road Park is seeing a lot of enhancements this year! Four Pickleball Courts are being added, completion is expected in July. The parking lot is also being expanded. Restroom and Shelter construction is scheduled to begin Mid-April and is expected to finish by the end of summer 2023. This project is funded by the recently renewed Orange Township Parks and Recreation Levy. (Updated progress as of April 6, 2023)  

SHOUT OUT!!

We appreciate the continued support of the Orange Branch of the Delaware County District Library for their continued support of Orange Celebration for 2023 as a Partner.  The Orange Branch as been a long time supporter of our efforts, and we love our local library too!  Thank you for your believing in us, and through your generous Partnership, allowing us to continue to provide a valuable service and resource for our community!  

$50,000 Donation to Delaware County District Library by Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library (FOL), a volunteer organization that supports the Delaware County District Libraries, donated $50,000 toward the Maker Studio at the new Liberty Branch located at Home and Steitz Roads.  The new library is due to open soon. Library patrons will be able to use the machines to create whatever they can imagine. They can also be trained to use these cutting-edge technologies. Projects from 3D design/printing to sewing projects can be imagined, designed, and brought to life. Currently, the Delaware Main Library has a Maker Studio and more than 1000 people visited it during 2022. This current donation from the Friends of the Library will be used to buy equipment for the new Liberty Library.  To learn more about becoming a Friend of the Library, please visit Delaware Library Friends

$50,000 Donation to DCDL
Orange Township - 2022 State of the Township

A State of the Township was drafted by the Township Administrator, Michele Boni, and the Fiscal Officer, Lisa Kraft. It highlights achievements and benchmarks from the previous year. You can view the full document. 

Cemetery in Orange Township

The Orange Township Fiscal Officer keeps records of the Africa and Williamsville cemeteries and has records of the former Patterson (McCloud) cemetery. Cemetery plots in the Africa Cemetery may be purchased through the Fiscal Officer. Williamsville Cemetery is closed for purchase. 

Olentangy Schools Link Updates

The links on the Olentangy School page have been updated. This includes Elementary, Middle and High School, plus PTO and special links.  

Delaware County Healthiest in State Eighth Year Straight

The Delaware Public Health District is pleased to announce that Delaware County is the healthiest county in Ohio for the eighth year straight.  The 2022 County Health Rankings issued today places Delaware County as first in Ohio for both health outcomes and health factors. Health outcomes focus on how healthy people are presently and health factors are based on how healthy people will be in the future. The rankings, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, are available online at countyhealthrankings.org.   

E. Powell and Lyra Drive Intersection Construction Starting March 21

This project will extend Lyra Drive from the Lyra Drive Extension project terminus to E. Powell Road. A new roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Lyra Drive and E. Powell Road. Improvements include lighting, drainage, waterline, sanitary, sidewalk, shared use path and landscaping.

Local Nonprofits and Charities

Helping the Helpless

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Discover some of the Nonprofits and Charities in our area. You can volunteer or donate to help these organizations. 

SCAM ALERT!  

If you receive a phone call telling you that the caller is affiliated with a Delaware County Court or the Clerk of Court's Office and that, unless you pay money, you must appear for a hearing at the court or face the issuance of an arrest warrant, please hang up! THIS IS A SCAM. None of our Courts or the Clerk of Court’s Office would ever call anyone demanding money in that way, and we do not call anyone about arrest warrants.

Programs for Elderly in Orange Township

For those 55 years old and older, SourcePoint offers many programs and services.  Topics include Art Groups; Body, Brain, and Behavioral health; Financial, Insurance, and Legal; Entertainment and Music; Educational Classes and Presentations; plus much more! They can also participate in Sports and Recreation, Water Exercise, and Land Exercise to keep fit.  Sign up for special day trips. For example, there was a recent trip to the Columbus Symphony. Some of the programs and services are free, others have a fee.  You can access their website for a complete listings of these programs and services. We also post some of the special events on our EVENTS page. 

CLICK OC ON YOUR PHONE!

Our website now support PWA. What's PWA? It's progressive web app. This means you can now access our website via your smart phone home screen. When you access us via your smart phone, you will see a pop-up at the bottom of the screen. Select it and our OC logo will appear on your phone. Then everytime you want to access us simply click on our logo on your phone's homescreen.

Coyotes in Orange Township

Coyotes have been spotted in Orange Township. What do you do if a coyote is in your backyard? Here are some helpful tips to keep safe.

Accessibility Features Now on OC
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You might have noticed the round blue icon on the top right corner of each page. When you click on it, you are presented with a menu of options to access our service for those with disabilities. We strive to ensure that our services are accessible to people with disabilities, and that our website is made easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, with the strong belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort and independence.

Big Walnut Interchange Project 

Discussions regarding the Big Walnut Interchange Project which would help relieve congestion at I-71, Polaris and Gemini Rds has become a priority, according to MORPC (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission). Actual date of the project has not been announced, but for all of us who are affected by the traffic issues on a daily basis, it will not be soon enough.

Stay Safe - Block Watch & House Check
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The Delaware County, Ohio Sheriff's Office conducts home & business checks. Before heading out of town, call 740-833-2800 or complete an online form at delawarecountysheriff.com (Forms) to have the police keep an extra eye on your home/property

Ohio Libraries Offer Free Legal Resources

Finding accurate legal information and forms can be surprisingly difficult. Ohio Legal Help is the only legal resource that specifically addresses Ohio’s complicated legal landscape, and now every library in the State of Ohio will offer this free resource to Ohioans.,

More event listings available in our area

We added AddEvents.in current listings for more options of events happening in our area. Be sure to access our Events page to view these listings plus other events currently posted!

Delaware County Sheriff's Department Offers Access to Incident Reports Online

To continue our philosophy of transparency and for the convenience of the public, the Sheriff’s Office is pleased to unveil our new online access to incident reports. If you prefer to speak with us directly to make your request, call 740-833-2872 or visit: www.delawarecountysheriff.com.

PTO Directory
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We have included more information and resources about our schools for parents and students. It is listed in order by Elementary Schools, Middle Schools and High Schools

Delaware Trails

Finding accurate legal information and forms can be surprisingly difficult. Ohio Legal Help is the only legal resource that specifically addresses Ohio’s complicated legal landscape, and now every library in the State of Ohio will offer this free resource to Ohioans.,

Submit Your Orange Township Zoning Permit Online

The program allows applicants to submit zoning permits online and access status updates of submissions. You can also submit a complaint or violation in regards to zoning issues.

Changes coming to Orange Township facility rental process

As of Tuesday, January 7, 2020, there will now be changes to how you can rent Orange Township rooms and shelters!

Planning a block party in Orange Township?

It is now required for all communities to file for a Block Party Application through the township. Cost is $25 when requesting a street to be closed for the party. Applications are reviewed by the Zoning Department, Roads Department and Fire Department for public safety. Applications can take 7 to 14 business days, so please keep this in consideration when planning. Official road closure barricades will be dropped off prior to the party and picked up afterwards. Closing a road without permission will be addressed by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Report blocked railroad crossings to Federal Railroad Administration

With continued issue of trains blocking Orange Rd and Lewis Center Rd, please submit rail safety issues to the PUCO Rail Division using the online PUCO "Contact Us" form (click below) or by calling the Rail Division at (614) 466-1150.

2021-22 Road Construction Guide

Take a look at the Delaware County Engineer's 2021 Road Construction Guide for more information about our planned road construction projects this year.

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