Delaware County Council Celebrates a Year of Historic Investments and Achievements

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Released: December 29, 2022

Delaware County Council is proud to highlight the County's many 2022 achievements that are fundamentally changing the County's operations and building a stronger future for every resident and worker in the county.

From January's swearing-in of the most diverse Council in the County’s history to the 2022 Alternative Fuel Leadership Award being presented to the Sustainability Office in December, each month of 2022 has included accomplishments and changes to how the County operates through deliberate and purposeful action to implement impactful programs and policies and key investments in the future of Delaware County.

"This year represented the transition from promises and plans to implementation and unprecedented change at the County level," said Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor. "From launching a new County health department to assuming control of the George W. Hill Correctional to planning for the County's largest park at the former Don Guanella site to continuing to protect people and businesses from the ongoing impact of COVID-19 all while holding the line on taxes, this has been a year of extraordinary progress and achievements for the County.”

Since a new majority assumed control of Council in January 2020, Delaware County has begun to fundamentally rethink how it delivers services and invests in its future and the future of its residents. Plans began in those early first days and went from being ideas to ongoing, successful operations.

Among the major achievements in Delaware County this year were:


Swearing in of the most diverse and first majority female Council in the County’s history

Prison Warden Laura Williams hired and begins work to ensure the care, custody, and control of the incarcerated population at George W. Hill prison and the preparation for their successful reintegration into the community


Health Department Director Melissa Lyon introduces the Delaware County Health Department leadership team that includes: Division Administrator of Environmental Health; Division Administrator of Population Health; Division Administrator of Personal Health; a Public Health Physician; and an Epidemiologist

County offers continued mortgage and housing-related assistance made available for residents affected by the pandemic


Council approves a proposal to create a plan to transform the 213-acre Don Guanella property in Marple Township into the largest public park in the county and its first major park in more than two decades.

The Delaware County Recorder of Deeds Office offers a free property fraud protection tool, called FraudSleuth®, that helps Delaware County property owners safeguard against property fraud


The Delaware County Health Department is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to act in its official capacity as a health department

Delaware County officially assumes control of George W. Hill Correctional Facility

Delaware County receives $1M in funding for Congressionally directed spending projects to be used for Safety Improvements Project

Delaware County awarded two Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants totaling $600,000 by the DEP to be used by the County for the purchase of new electric vehicles and related charging stations

Delaware County receives the prestigious Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in recognition of the County’s successful Emergency Rental Assistance (Delco ERA) Program

The Delaware County Office of Sustainability hosts the 1st Annual Sustainability Conference

Delaware County’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer joins the County team

Delaware County’s Office of Sustainability receives the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence


Delaware County Elections holds successful and secure Primary Election

A graduation ceremony is held for the first class of cadets at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility Training Academy since the facility was de-privatized

Delaware County announces $475K in grants for community and neighborhood projects specifically designed to provide outreach to historically underserved communities

Delaware County launches a series of public workshops to gather community feedback as part of an effort to update the County’s 10-year Municipal Waste Management Plan


Delaware County raises the Pride flag outside of the Courthouse, celebrating diversity in the community and County workplace

Delaware County Holds Mid-Year Budget Workshop for the public

Delaware County Park Police launches a new bike patrol

Delaware County holds first ever County Juneteenth Celebration in Rose Tree Park

Delaware County Council adopts resolution setting first ever diversity goals

Delaware County awarded $2M for Gun Violence Prevention Efforts


The Delaware County Controller’s Office awarded a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting”

The Delaware County Workforce Development Board awarded a $1.5M Pathway Home Program grant to provide training and employment services to adults reentering the workforce following incarceration at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility


Council approves major upgrade of the public safety radio system to improve public safety response and safety of first responders and the community

Delaware County breaks ground for new County park at Upland Park


Delaware County announces historic $62.5M opioid settlement with pharmaceutical distributors

Delaware County Council votes to establish The Delaware County Commission for Immigrant Affairs


Delaware County relaunches an enhanced Veterans’ Discount Program

District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer provides a progress report on the work of the Chester Partnership for Safe Neighborhoods (CPSN) in curbing gun violence in the city:

There has been a 59.7% decrease in non-fatal shootings since 2019

There has been a 60% decrease in gun violence homicides since 2020

There has been a 55% decrease in gun violence incidents since 2019

Delaware County forms a new committee to lead the planning process for the America250 Celebration and announces plans to hire a Director to leads efforts


County holds safe, secure, and accountable General Election

Delaware County Council authorizes $1.7M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to provide grants to local fire departments across the county

Fair Acres recognized as one of “America’s Best Nursing Homes” for 2023 by Newsweek


Delaware County awarded 2022 Alternative Fuel Leadership Award

County awards $5 million in new Green Ways Grants to 24 projects across the county

Delaware County announces plans to create a new land bank to allow the County to reinvest abandoned properties for affordable housing, businesses, and green space

Delaware County receives grant to create a more inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA+ community

Through a partnership with the Delaware County Veteran Affairs Office, Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on four new affordable houses in Lansdowne

Delaware County Council unanimously approves the County’s FY 2023 budget and holds the line on taxes.

The Delaware County Health Department has administered over 172,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses since the Health Department was established April

“The County accomplished a great deal in 2022 and it would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication, and insight of the members of our County team,” said Dr. Taylor. “We are proud of the work we have done to improve and invest in our county and we’re excited about our goals for 2023.”

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