Olentangy Valley News

Delaware County levy backers will serve pancakes Saturday


Dueling pancake breakfast fundraisers will be held in Delaware County this weekend.

The events will raise money and help spread awareness about levy requests on the May 7 ballot for two county organizations.

The Council for Older Adults pancake breakfast will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the council's headquarters, 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware.

The Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold its breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at its headquarters, 7991 Columbus Pike in Lewis Center.

At both events residents can make a donation and get a plate of pancakes, coffee and orange juice.

The Council for Older Adults' breakfast will feature pancake cooks from Chris Cakes, which is known for its entertaining serving style.

"You get in the line and the pancakes are flipped to you, and you have to catch them on your plate," said Donna Meyer, the agency's associate director of communications. "Everyone thinks it's really fun, except maybe the cleanup crew."

The event also will feature a few speakers who will talk briefly about the council's levy request, and residents can pick up yard signs to show support for the levy.

The Board of Development Disabilities will feature a few "celebrity" servers, including two of the Delaware County commissioners and county Treasurer Jon Peterson.

Guests also can get information about the board's levy request.

Board director Robert Morgan said his organization has a lot in common with the Council for Older Adults.

"We're both serving vulnerable populations, and our primary goals are to keep people in their home and avoid institutional care," Morgan said. "There are a lot of similarities."

Organizers also are scheduling a "Battle of the Bobs" pancake eating contest to take place sometime this month between Morgan and Council for Older Adults director Bob Horrocks.

The men, both named Bob, will square off to see who can eat the most pancakes in a set amount of time.

If Horrocks loses, he will volunteer at a Delaware County Special Olympics event this spring. If Morgan loses, he will volunteer to deliver hot meals to homebound seniors as part of the Meals on Wheels program.

The Council for Older Adults is asking residents to approve a 1.2-mill levy on the May 7 ballot.

It's an increase of 0.3 mill over the effective 0.9-mill levy and would cost homeowners $36.72 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value, an increase of $9.18 annually over teh current levy.

The Board of Developmental Disabilities is asking for a 0.56-mill additional levy on the ballot.

It would cost homeowners an additional $17.15 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value.