Based on the current weather conditions and forecast, this evening’s City Council meeting has been cancelled.
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With the snow day, I took this opportunity to put together this latest City of Newark update.
Update on the City Manager Search
On December 4th, City Council voted to enter into negotiations with Tom Colemen, the Acting City Manager, for the position of City Manager. The negotiations are ongoing and I will update you as the process continues. If negotiations are successful, there will be a final public vote on the approval of a contract with Mr. Coleman.
Main St. Construction Update
Last week, the City met with DelDOT to discuss the upcoming Main Street reconstruction project and ways to reduce the impact to the public. The current plan calls for monthly public meetings for the entire construction period, a project website updated at least weekly, an e-mail address for questions, and dedicated project managers.
There will be a public information session in Council Chambers on March 4th from 4:00- 7:00. The public will be welcome to stop by at any time during that window to learn more about the project. There is another session planned on the following morning, March 5th between 9:00 and 11:00 am that will be tailored to Main Street businesses.
Additionally, City staff will be bringing forward a proposal to City Council to add additional parking to Delaware Ave and other streets during the construction period.
It might be rough going while this project is being completed, but it will be worth it in the end. DelDOT has confirmed that the improvements will mean more time between pavings and less potholes. That is a win-win!
WILMAPCO Draft Regional Transportation Plan Comment Period
WILMAPCO (the Wilmington Area Planning Council) is updating the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (2050 RTP). The plan sets a broad vision for our region (New Castle County, DE and Cecil County, MD) and identifies actions needed to achieve and measure its goals. Now is your opportunity to influence the document that will guide transportation decision-making for the next twenty years– comments can be submitted through March 6, 2019.
Development Project Updates
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that if you support or oppose a certain city project to be certain to email or mail your comments to all City Council members or make sure to attend the public hearing. Not only is it good to make sure that all Council members are aware of your support or opposition, and reasons for it, but it is critical to have your comments added to the record.
924 Barksdale Road –
The Planning Commission voted to approve this project for a 112-unit assisted living and memory care facility and it will move forward to CIty Council for consideration. You can see the proposed plan and supporting documents at this link.
College Square Shopping Center –
The Planning Commission voted to approve this project and it will move forward for consideration at a future City Council meeting. The plan proposes mixed use retail and apartments with the bulk of the units being one-bedroom units. The developer has stated that the targeted market for these units are not students; however, with recent changes at UD any new apartments are possibly going to be utilized by students. This plan also includes the extension of Delaware Avenue through the shopping center with a traffic calming features and improved access from Marrows Road with the addition of a internal road from Marrows Rd. to the extended Delaware Ave. You can see the proposed plan and supporting documents at this link.
There are quite a number of development project running through the approval process, visit Development Projects page for more information about these and other projects.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about these or other development projects.
Future Welsh Tract Rd. Bridge Work
DelDOT will be closing Welsh Tract Road to repair the bridge over Silverbrook within the next few months. They have not yet shared an official start date or length of the closure, but anticipate the work to be completed in the spring or summer of 2019. A full detour plan and advanced notice will be provided as soon as it is available.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Conservation Advisory Commission Meeting
February 12, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers
The Newark Partnership Organizing Committee Meeting
February 19, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Newark Senior Center
Board of Adjustment Meeting
February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers
City Council Meeting
February 25, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers
Green Building Code Work Group Meeting
February 26, 2019, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Council Chambers
Did You Know? City of Newark Tips
- Did you know that CustomerConnect has features that will alert you when your household exceeds certain consumption thresholds? This tool is helpful for finding water leaks, or unintended electric usage before it goes on for a prolonged period of time, saving you money. The notification thresholds can be set by the account holder on a monthly, weekly or daily limit. It’s another way of keeping utility consumption to a minimum. The account holder can elect to be notified by email, text, and via notice to their web portal account.
- City-wide yard waste collection will resume Wed, March 6, 2019. Yard waste collections are currently available by request, as-needed. If you would like to schedule a collection, please call the Public Works and Water Resources Department at 302-366-7000.