December 2018 Update

Dear neighbor,

Please read this December City of Newark update.


Update on the City Manager Search

At the November 12th meeting, City Council invited acting city manager Tom Coleman to participate in the public portion of the City Manager search process that had been utilized during the recruitment process earlier this year.
Below is the proposed schedule with a public engagement opportunity noted in bold:

  • December 3 – Presentation and structured interview with Department Heads; the presentation will be recorded and posted on the website for public viewing. Feedback will be requested by staff to be submitted to GovHR by noon on December 4, to be compiled and provided to Council.
  • December 3, at 7 p.m. – Public question and answer session, which will be livestreamed, with meet and greet event with the public to follow. Feedback will be requested to be submitted to GovHR by noon on December 4, to be compiled and provided to Council.
  • December 4, at 5 p.m. – Council meeting in executive session with GovHR to discuss feedback and next steps. Potential motions will be advertised, as needed.

Please note: the department head event is not a public event. Any votes on December 4th will be made in public session. More information on the City Manager search is available online.


Update on 1501 Casho Mill Rd Development Project

On November 14th the owner of 1501 Casho Mill Rd and a representative from Duffield Associates held a Community Info Sessions about the proposes project. As presented, the plan will require a parking variance, but it appears that no other variances will be required. Below are images of the rendered Site Plan and Building Elevations that were shared during the presentation.

The next steps by the developer will be to formalize and finalize their working Preliminary Plan and Entrance Plans for submission to the City and to DelDOT. I will keep you notified with any updates.

The submitted sketch plan can be found at this link: https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9808/1501-Casho-Mill-Rd—Sketch-Plan-Submitted-11-23-2017

As well as the Sub-division Advisor Committee review letter: https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9979/1501-Casho-Mill-Rd—SAC-letter-01-18-2018


FYI Noise Ordinance Waiver Work Along Devon Dr. 

There will be work done along Devon Dr. to line corrugated metal pipes between November 17 and December 15. A noise ordinance waiver has been issued to allow work to be completed on weekend days between the hours of 7 am – 7 pm. The city will be notifying residents 48 hours before work commences.


City Collecting Goods to Benefit Food Bank of Delaware and Toys for Tots

The City of Newark will once again serve as a collection site for the Food Bank of Delaware and Toys for Tots this holiday season. Beginning  Monday, November 5, barrels will be located in the lobby of the municipal building to collect food and goods for families to use through the holiday season. The most needed food items include: canned fruits, hot & cold cereal, canned meat, peanut butter, grains, canned & dried beans, canned vegetables, 100% fruit/vegetable juice and healthy snacks.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • December 1 – Snack with Santa & Santa’s Secret Shoppe –  9:30 a.m. at the George Wilson Center
  • December 4, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council Chamber – Planning Commission Meeting
  • December 10, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers – City Council Meeting
  • December 11, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers  –  Conservation Advisory Commission Meeting

Did You Know? City of Newark Tips

 The InformMe Citizen Notification System now allows users the option to receive an audio version of the Newark News Brief sent over the phone. You can sign-up or modify your InformMe options at newarkde.gov/informme.

The Leaf Collection Program will continue through Friday, December 28, 2018. All leaves must be raked to the grassy plot between the curb and the sidewalk by Friday, December 21.

Warm regards,

Jen Wallace

Dear neighbor,

As promised, here is another City of Newark update for November.


Update on 1501 Casho Mill Rd Development Project

A Sketch Plan for a redevelopment of 1501 Casho Mill Rd. (at the corner of Elkton Rd and Casho Mill Rd) was submitted on November 23, 2017. Earlier this year, I met with representatives for the developers and indicated my interest in a public informational session for their proposed project before the official public hearing. I was pleased that they were open and amiable to that request.

A couple of weeks ago, Duffield Associates, the engineering firm representing the developers, reached out to let me know they are close to submitting a site plan to the City of Newark and would first like to present it to the public at an informational session on:

Wednesday, November 14 – 1501 Casho Mill Rd Project Community Info Session from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Downes Elementary

You may see the submitted sketch plan at this link: https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9808/1501-Casho-Mill-Rd—Sketch-Plan-Submitted-11-23-2017

As well as the Sub-division Advisor Committee review letter: https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9979/1501-Casho-Mill-Rd—SAC-letter-01-18-2018

See the latest City of Newark submitted development plan proposals.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Monday, November 5 – City Council Special Meeting (FY2019 Budget and 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program) – 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 12 – City Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 13 – Conservation Advisory Commission Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14 – 1501 Casho Mill Community Info session by the developer 6:00 p.m. at Downes Elementary
  • November 17 – Turkey Trot Run/Walk Handloff Park at 9 a.m.
  • November 19 – City Council Special Meeting (FY2019 Budget and
    2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program) at 7 p.m. in Council Chamber
  • November 22 – 32nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast at 8 a.m. at the George Wilson Center
  • November 22-23 – City of Newark Offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday
  • November 26 – City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers
  • November 30 – Winterfest – 6 p.m. on the Academy Building Lawn
  • December 1 – Snack with Santa & Santa’s Secret Shoppe –  9:30 a.m. at the George Wilson Center

Want to know more about what’s happening with your City government? Read the weekly Administrative Reports.


Did You Know? City of Newark Tips

Newark utility customers also have the option to pay the City  or utility services using CustomerConnect’s “Budget Billing” option. This method of payment allows the account holder to pay a fixed amount each month on the date of their choosing when they sign up for this feature. The system determines your estimated annual utility bill and divides that amount by twelve  months. On the December bill, there will be  a true up for whatever balance that remains (either a  credit or debit to the account) to settle the balance for the year.

The Leaf Collection Program will continue through Friday, December 28, 2018. All leaves must be raked to the grassy plot between the curb and the sidewalk by Friday, December 21.


With warm regards,

Jen Wallace

November 2018 Update

Dear neighbor,

Here’s my latest City of Newark newsletter. There is a lot going on in Newark, so I will most likely be sending out another update later this month.


Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

 Every four years, Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO), the regional transportation planning agency for New Castle County, DE and Cecil County, MD, must update its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

Now is your opportunity to influence the document that will guide transportation decision-making for the next twenty years!

To kick-off the plan, WILMAPCO is holding a Virtual Public Workshop on Friday, November 2 from 12-1pm. Login from anywhere to learn about and have your say in our transportation future!

To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/2ydWuu0

One of the virtual viewing locations will be in Newark City Council Chambers.

To learn more, please visit wilmapco.org/rtp.


Sewer Bill Update for Suez Water Customers

For City of Newark residents who are also Suez water customers, sewer billing will now occur monthly. The City will either estimate or use actual data (if it’s received in time from Suez Water) in order to send out monthly bills. Impacted residents should have received a notice via mail and/or email. If you have any questions or concerns about this sewer billing issue, please get in touch with me.


November 6th is Election Day

Don’t forget to get out and vote on November 6th. Newarkers have the opportunity to vote for countywide, statewide, and federal races. If you aren’t sure of your polling place or want to learn more about which offices will be on the ballot, visit electionsncc.delaware.gov.


Budget Update

The first budget hearing for the 2019 budget will be presented on Monday, November 5th at 7pm. You can find the the budget and the presentation that staff will make at Budget Central.

I would encourage those of you who are available to attend this hearing and share your feedback and/or concerns and to ask questions. It is important for City Council and City staff to hear from residents.

If you are unable to attend, please feel free to email me at jen@jenwallacefornewark.org or give me a call or text at 302-588-6919.


Development Projects

I am working with representatives of the developer for 1501 Casho Mill Rd (at the corner of Elkton Rd and Casho Mill Rd. on a date for an public meeting. I will most likely be sending out another notice later this month with the date and time for that meeting. Stay tuned.

In addition, there are a lot of development projects in the works in Newark. There is now an interactive map available on the City’s website that shows all of the submitted projects. You can see this map at: http://gis.cityofnewarkde.us/

Please reach out with any questions, comments or concerns about any project.

With warm regards,

Jen Wallace

2nd October 2018 Update

Dear neighbor,

Here are some additional items of interest that I wanted to share with you this October.


Online Parking Map is Live!

There is great news for visitors to Main St.–parking countdown signs have been added to Lots 3 & 4!

Plus, there’s an online parking map that shows the number of parking spots available in City Lots 1, 3, and 4 (behind the Galleria, behind Caffe Gelato, and behind Homegrown Cafe and Panera Bread respectively).

Now you can check before you leave work or home to scope out your spot ahead of time!


Budget Update

Last week, City staff made a preliminary presentation about the upcoming 2019 budget. At this time, staff is proposing increases to the water and sewer rates plus a property tax increase. Some of these increases are tied to the debt servicing that was approved in this summer’s referendum. You can see the presentation at this link: Financial Workshop Final Presentation

The next step will be a budget presentation of the operational budget and the capital improvement program on November 5, 2108 at 7pm in Council Chambers.


Online Map of Development Projects

The City has debuted an online GIS map that highlights the current development plan proposals within and adjacent to the City of Newark.

Take a look at this link: https://cityofnewarkde.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=2e36b70bf6374231a070a558751b1578


Transit Survey


The City of Newark has partnered with WILMAPCO, DART First State, Cecil County Transit and University of Delaware Transit to gather and analyze data and feedback to better understand the transit needs of those who live, work and attend school in Newark. The deadline to complete the survey is the end of October.

Residents are asked to share their thoughts via this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewarkTransitResident


Leaf, Yard Waste, Refuse & Recycling Collection Schedule Changes

The Leaf Collection Program will continue through Friday, December 28, 2018. All leaves must be raked to the grassy plot between the curb and the sidewalk by Friday, December 21.

Please Note: The last Green Wednesday yard waste collection for the Winter Season will be on December 5 and will not resume until March 6, 2019. Please call Public Works and Water Resources at (302)366-7000 to schedule a collection if needed. Carts put out for collection that have not been scheduled will not be collected.

Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, recycling normally collected on Thursday, November 22, will be collected on Wednesday, November 21. There will be no changes to Friday’s recycling collection. There will be no “Green Wednesday” Yard Waste Collection on Wednesday, November 21.

Due to the Christmas Day holiday, trash normally collected on Tuesday, December 25, will be collected on Wednesday, December 26. There will be no change to Monday’s trash collection.

Please contact the City of Newark Public Works and Water Resources Department at (302)366-7000 with any questions.


Upcoming Meeting and Events of Interest

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council ChambersCity Council Meeting

Friday, October 12th – UD Parents’ Weekend
Just a reminder that October 12th marks the start of parents’ weekend. There’s also a home football game on Saturday the 13th.

Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council ChamberRedevelopment of the former Dickinson Dormitory

Councilman Mark Morehead invites you to attend a Community Forum on the proposed redevelopment of the former Dickinson dorm property. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the developer’s concept to replace the former Dickinson Dormitory with a less-densely populated residential community of townhomes and apartments. The developer has submitted a Sketch Plan to the City for preliminary feedback but is still evaluating the concept. This meeting will offer an opportunity for the public to learn more about this project and share any comments or concerns you may have.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ George Wilson CenterNewark Community Sustainability Plan Steering Committee Public Workshop

The Steering Committee for the Newark Community Sustainability Plan— Sustainable Newark— invite you to “Drop In” to their Community Workshop. Learn more from the event flyer.

Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council ChambersCity Council Meeting

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Main Street, NewarkHalloween Parade


As always, reach out with any questions or concerns.

With warm regards,

Jen Wallace

October 2018 Update

Dear neighbor,

Here are some items of interest. Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, ideas or concerns.

Upcoming Meeting and Events of Interest

Tuesday, October 2nd at 7 am Representative John Kowalko Coffee at Friendly’s
Rep. Kowalko (25th) will be at Friendly’s on 896 every Tuesday at 7am to meet with constituents.

Wednesday, October 3rd at 8:30 amRepresentative Paul Baumbach at The Greene Turtle
Rep. Baumbach (23rd) has a monthly coffee at The Greene Turtle on S. Main St.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers City Council Special Meeting (FY2019 Financial Workshop). Visit Budget Central 2019 to keep up with the budget process.

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council ChambersCity Council Special Meeting (Potential Charter Changes)
This is a workshop style meeting to discuss a number of proposed Charter changes, including the removal of language from the Charter which gives corporations the right to vote in City referendums and changing the term of City Manager from indefinite to a period of 3-years, both of which I submitted. You may read the full list at this link: https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10891/11A1

Friday, October 5th First Friday With New Castle County Councilwoman Lisa Diller 9-10 am Newark Senior Center
Join NCC Councilwoman Diller for her regular constituent meeting.

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council ChambersCity Council Meeting

Friday, October 12th – UD Parents’ Weekend
Just a reminder that October 12th marks the start of parents’ weekend. There’s also a home football game on Saturday the 13th.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ George Wilson CenterNewark Community Sustainability Plan Steering Committee Public Workshop
The Steering Committee for the Newark Community Sustainability Plan— Sustainable Newark— invite you to “Drop In” to their Community Workshop. Learn more from the event flyer.

Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council ChambersCity Council Meeting

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Main Street, NewarkHalloween Parade


Road Repair on Park Place

The City plans to make road repairs on West Park Place between Orchard Rd and Beverly Rd on Tuesday, October 2.  A rain date will be set for Wednesday, October 3. Roadway excavation will begin at approximately 3AM and should be completed by 3 PM. During the day traffic in both directions at this location will be detoured. Residents adjacent to the work zone should have been notified of noise, parking, and traffic impacts with flyers.

Please see below for detour information.


Development Plan Proposals

Plans that have been submitted to the City are viewable at this link: https://www.newarkde.gov/1035/Development-Plan-Proposals

1105 Elkton Road

Parcel ID 1100400013

(PR#18-07-01)

Annexation, rezoning, and minor subdivision to demolish the existing buildings at the site and construct a Royal Farms gas station, car wash, and convenience store. The developer has planned a working group meeting on October 9th. If you would like to attend, please let me know and I will pass your name onto the developer’s attorney. I have also requested that the developer hold a later open meeting and present the plan to the public. I will keep you posted. Sketch Plan submitted

July 20, 2018

321 Hillside Rd

Parcel ID 1801900222

(PR#18-06-04)

Major subdivision for the demolition of the existing buildings at the site and construction of two 15-unit apartment buildings and 65 townhomes. Councilman Morehead is working with the developer of the proposed Dickinson dorm project to have a meeting to present the plan to the public. I will be sure to save the date once the details have been finalized. Sketch Plan

submitted

July 17, 2018

Sketch Plan submitted

June 26, 2018

924 Barksdale Rd

Parcel ID 1802400155

(PR#17-11-06)

Comprehensive Development Plan amendment, rezoning, and major subdivision to construct a 112-unit assisted living and memory care facility. Representatives for the developer held a public meeting to share a proposed updated design for this project incorporating feedback from residents and the city.

Info About the Meals on Wheels Program

Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious meals to home-bound clients throughout the Newark area and is a wonderful resource for those who are struggling to maintain independence due to short term or long term disability.   Beyond delivering food to those in need, Meals on Wheels provides an invaluable daily check-in by a caring volunteer, which can help provide peace of mind to families.  Meals on Wheels is the only program that has been proven to keep people from being prematurely admitted into a long term care facility. Clients receive meals regardless of their ability to pay but are asked to make a donation based on income.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the program, or if you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, contact Meals on Wheels Coordinator Stephanie Thomas. You can contact her at 302-737-5747 or email sthomas@newarkseniorcenter.com.


As always, reach out with any questions or concerns.

With warm regards,

Jen Wallace

UD’s Economic Impact summary report

REMINDER: the University of Delaware will make a presentation that highlights the university’s economic impact on the City of Newark and the greater Newark area tonight, September 26th.

The meeting is open to the public and is from 7-9 pm in Council chambers.

UD’s Economic Impact summary report, which will be referenced tonight, can be found at: http://www.udel.edu/economicimpact

If you are unable to attend, make sure to watch the Livestream or look over the report and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

September Update

Dear neighbor,

Don’t forget to get out and vote today in the primary election! There’s still a couple hours until the polls close at 8 pm.

Upcoming Meeting and Events of Interest

Thursday, September 6th, 7 am – 8 pm – Primary Election
Today is the primary election for those voters who are registered as a Democrat or Republican. Check your polling location here: ivote.de.gov

Monday, September 10, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers City Council Meeting
Download Meeting Agenda Here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Newark Senior Center – Community Forum on College Square Redevelopment
Councilman Jerry Clifton invites residents to attend a forum on the redevelopment of College Square Shopping Center. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the property owner’s vision to reenergize College Square by creating a walkable, bikeable, community destination with amenity-rich residential space and diverse commercial options, including café and restaurant uses and specialty retail shops. This forum will offer an opportunity for the public to learn more about this project and share any comments or concerns they may have.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Olan Thomas Park – Patriot Day
Join the City of Newark in a Patriot Day Ceremony followed by volunteering at Olan Thomas Park.

Sunday, September 16th (Rain date: September 23), 11 am – 4 pm, University of Delaware Green – Newark Community Day
The City of Newark’s Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the University of Delaware, Christina School District, and the Downtown Newark Partnership present the area’s premier fall festival on Sunday, September 16. This exciting event features fun for the entire family!

Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm @ Council Chamber – Proposed Newark Senior Living Facility, Assisted Living & Memory Care
The developer of the proposed Newark Senior Living Facility is looking for feedback on changes to the site plan based on comments from neighbors who attended the meeting held on March 1, 2018 and comments from DelDOT. The developer is proposing to change from a 2-story building, to a 3-story building. This change results in greater setbacks from neighboring properties and Barksdale Road, increased preservation of existing landscaping, decreased impervious surface and helps address a downstream drainage issue. This meeting will be held at the Newark Municipal Building at 220 S Main Street in City Council Chambers. Please contact Greg Elmore or Darcy Koenig at (971) 707-4609 with any questions you may have.

Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers – City Council Meeting

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Trabant University Center – Newark Futures Workshop
Join the second Newark Futures Workshop. Sponsored by the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration and the Community Engagement Initiative, this workshop will focus on University and City plans. Peter Krawchyk, Vice President for Facilities, will present University development plans. Mary Ellen Gray, Planning and Development Director for the City of Newark, will present the current efforts and initiatives by the Planning and Development Department as well as an overview of the land use development process in the City of Newark. Small group conversations about the plans will follow the presentation, enabling participants to discuss the plans and offer suggestions.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers – City Council Workshop (UD Economic Impact Presentation)

City of Newark News

 Budget Process – The 2019 Budget process is underway with the first departmental budgets being presented to Council on August 27th. The September 10th Council meeting will also feature budget presentations from the departments. Residents can keep up with the budget as we progress through the season by visiting Budget Central.

City Manager search I made a request to add to a future Council meeting a discussion about the City Manager search, including determining what our next steps will be and what we would like to improve upon from our previous search.

Development Plan Proposals

Plans that have been submitted to the City are viewable at this link: https://www.newarkde.gov/1035/Development-Plan-Proposals

As always, reach out with any questions or concerns.

With warm regards,

Jen Wallace

August Update

Dear neighbor,

Hope you have been enjoying all that Newark has to offer this summer. Here are some upcoming community events that can help!

Tuesday, August 7th from 6-8pm,Academy and Main – National Night Out

Meet your local first responders and have a chance to try on equipment, see the vehicles, and play games. There will be a K9 Demo, extrication demo by AETNA, and more. Plus, UDairy Creamery will be there and food and drinks will be provided.

Friday, August 17th, 4-8pm, Dickey Park – Newark Police Department/Parks and Recreation Special Event

The Newark Police Department and the Newark Parks and Recreation Department are combining to hold a neighborhood special event in Dickey Park. This will be the second such neighborhood event in Newark, and this one will include playing basketball with the Newark Police Department officers, hot dogs on the grill, game booths and other events set up by Parks and Recreation, UDairy ice cream truck, and other fun things to do. Also, the College Park Neighborhood Association (Madison and Lincoln Drives) is looking to distribute Back-to-School school supplies at the event. Reach out if you would like to contribute a donation.

Sunday, September 16th (Rain date: September 23), 11 am – 4 pm, University of Delaware Green – Newark Community Day

The City of Newark’s Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the University of Delaware, Christina School District, and the Downtown Newark Partnership present the area’s premier fall festival on Sunday, September 16. This exciting event features fun for the entire family!

City of Newark News

City Manager Search – As you may have already heard, City Council did not choose to offer the position of City Manager to either of the candidates presented to the public. While I can’t speak for other Council members, both candidates had admirable qualities but did not fit all of the qualities that I know you are looking for in a City Manager. I do appreciate all of the feedback I received from residents during the process. Council will discuss how and when to move forward at a future meeting.

Update on the Referendum Election – There was an Election Board meeting on July 19 where the Board members audited the results of the June 19 referendum. A compiled audit report will be prepared with findings for the City Manager and Council.

Tax BillingThe 2018/2019 tax bills have been posted. As a result of the migration to a new tax billing system, all tax bills can now be viewed directly online. Property owners who do not escrow their property taxes will receive their bill in the mail by the end of next week. Property owners who have their  taxes paid by their mortgage company will not receive a bill in the mail. The direct link is: https://newarkde.gov/taxbill. The City is currently working on solutions to begin accepting tax payments via credit card through the website.

Lodging Tax – The General Assembly of State of Delaware passed legislation that allows Newark to apply a lodging tax. At a recent City Council meeting, Council provided direction to staff to bring forward legislation to consider the adoption of a 3%  lodging tax. Instituting this tax could help the City maintain infrastructure utilized by visitors to Newark.

Bill Payment/Leak Detection System – CustomerConnect – The City would like to remind all residents that monthly utility bills can be processed automatically via CustomerConnect. CustomerConnect also has features that will alert you when your household exceeds certain consumption thresholds? This can be helpful for conservation as well as discovering water leaks, or unintended electric usage before it goes on for a prolonged period of time.

Development Plan Proposals

Plans that have been submitted to the City are viewable at this link: https://www.newarkde.gov/1035/Development-Plan-Proposals

Recently submitted plans of interest include:

1105 Elkton Road Annexation, rezoning, and minor subdivision to demolish the existing buildings at the site and construct a Royal Farms gas station, car wash, and convenience store. Sketch Plan submitted

July 20, 2018

321 Hillside Rd Major subdivision for the demolition of the existing buildings at the site and construction of two 15-unit apartment buildings and 65 townhomes. Sketch Plan

submitted

July 17, 2018

Sketch Plan submitted

June 26, 2018

100, 115
,121
College Sq
Major subdivision for the redevelopment of College Square shopping center to include a mixed-use complex with retail and residential space. Sketch Plan submitted

June 6, 2018

As always, reach out with any questions or concerns.

With warm regards,

Jen Wallace

July 2nd Update

Dear neighbor,

Here is an update on the City Manager search, including opportunities for the public to be involved. City Council voted on July 12th to move forward with two candidates from our preliminary interviews.

Below is the remaining recruitment schedule, with public engagement opportunities noted in bold:

  • July 24 (afternoon) – Case study presentation and structured interview with City if Newark Department Heads; the case study presentation will be recorded and posted on the website for public viewing.
  • July 24 at 6:30 p.m. – Community Meet and Greet for City Manager finalists in Council Chambers; Finalists will be asked scripted question by the consultant/designee. Finalists will be brought out one at a time to answer the questions. At the end of the session, finalists will remain so the public can ask individual questions of the candidates. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a survey to provide feedback to Council. This will also be live-streamed if you are unable to attend in person.
  • July 25 (morning or afternoon) – Finalist individual tours of the community
  • July 25 at 6:00 p.m. – City Council special meeting for finalist City Manager interviews. These will occur in Executive Session.
  • July 26 at 6:00 p.m. – City Council special meeting for Council deliberations and decision; Council may vote on items related to the City Manager search after the conclusion of the executive session

Stay tuned for more details about the finalists. Updates will be shared at this link: https://newarkde.gov/CityManagerSearch

I do hope that you will be able to attend the July 24th Community Meet and Greet!

Warm regards,

Jen Wallace

July Update

Dear neighbor,

Here is the latest update from your City Councilperson.

Quick Calendar and Links

July 9th Agenda

There are some items on the July 9th agenda that I think are of particular interest. Please come out to voice your thoughts, or get in touch with me ahead of time if you prefer to stay at home and watch the meeting online!

Park N Shop

The Park N Shop development is back on the agenda. The submitted plan presented to Council at the March 26th meeting has not substantially changed; however, the Subdivision agreement has been changed at the request of the developer. Items 8-10 have been added and you can read them in detail on page 2 at this link. The developer has expressed interest in continuing to resolve some of the community’s concerns through these changes. This project does require a Special Use Permit, which is at the discretion of Council. Please get in touch with your thoughts and to let me know if you are in support of this project or not.

Amstel Ave One Way Change

There is an ordinance up for public hearing on making Amstel Avenue one way eastbound from Orchard Road to South College and to remove parking on South College Avenue. I think that removing parking meters on South College might make sense; however, I do have some concerns about relocating parking meters on Amstel and making it one way.

Use of Lead Paint

There is also a bill up for a vote to address a gap in the City’s code when it comes to the use of lead paints. The General Assembly just passed HB 456 to address this problem in the state’s code, which City Council supported. The proposed City bill does not mirror the recently passed state bill so Council will have to decide to allow it to come back with additional protections for residents–or pass it as is.

Property Owners and Corporations Voting in City Referendums

Some of you have reached out to me about the provision in the City’s Charter that allows property owners and corporations to vote in City referendums. Changes to the City’s Charter can only be made by the Delaware General Assembly. I do plan on adding this item to a future agenda for a discussion at the dais. My goal would be to see if there is support to bring forward a resolution that Council can use to lobby the General Assembly to change our Charter. I have shared my thoughts on this issue in several news publications if you would like to get into the weeds on this one.

City Manager Search Update

The City Manager search is ramping up. I know it must seem like it’s been a long time coming, but there’s actually quite a lot of work behind finding our next City Manager. Here’s a link to the Interview Schedule as proposed by GovHR, our city manager search consultant.

The First Step:

Beginning next week, Council will be conducting first round interviews with candidates. Interviews will take place in Executive Session on July 11th and 12th, with a possible vote being made after the conclusion of the Executive Session on the the 12th.

The Next Step:

There will be a Community Meet and Greet for the City Manager candidates on July 24th at 7pm in Council Chambers. This will be the opportunity for the public to get to hear from and interact with the candidates.

The Final Step:

If all goes well, Council will be conducting final interviews and deliberations on July 25th and 26th.

As always, please reach out with any questions, concerns or comments.

Warm regards,

Jen Wallace
District 3 Councilperson