2nd February 2019 Update

Dear Neighbor,

Here is my latest City Council update.


Election Workers Needed for City Election

There’s a City of Newark election on Tuesday, April 9th for Mayor and Council Districts 1 and 2. The City is looking for about 50 City residents who would like to work at the polling places. Workers must be available from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the day of the election as well as for a training scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Payment ranges from $140 to $175 for workers depending on the role to which they are assigned. Lunch is also provided. You must reside within the City limits to able to work at the polls for this election.

For more information, please contact the City Secretary’s Office at 302-366-7000 or citysecretary@newark.de.us.

Thank you to all who serve our community as poll workers!


Upcoming Meetings

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25th at 7 pm.

There’s a presentation on the Newark Partnership planned, a number of reappointments to the City’s Board of Commissions, and a few contracts and bids to vote on.

In addition, there’s a proposal for a special use permit for an accessory used car lot on the lot next to the Shell Station on the corner of W Chestnut Hill Rd and 896. Here’s a link to the project info: https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11768/10A

Please get back to me if you have any questions or comments on this or any other any agenda items.

The full Council agenda can be seen here: https://newarkde.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5961


Stormwater Utility

Don’t forget you will be starting to see increases in your stormwater utility fees this month. With the Rodney and various other infrastructure projects passing via referendum last year, there was a corresponding increase to the stormwater utility fee passed with this year’s budget. If you have any questions about the stormwater utility increase and your bill, please contact Public Works at 366-7000.


Food Lion Grand Opening

If you haven’t yet heard the news, the Food Lion will soon be opening in the Fairfield Shopping Center. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th at 7:45 am and the store will open at 8 am. Good news for everyone looking for a little variety in food stores in the city.


As always, please get in touch with any questions, comments or feedback.

Warm Regards,
Jen Wallace

February 2019 Update

Dear Neighbors,

Based on the current weather conditions and forecast, this evening’s City Council meeting has been cancelled. 

Information on the Snow and Ice Control Plan, Snow Plow Routes, Snow Emergency Routes, the most current National Weather Service Forecasts, and general winter storm information can be found at www.newarkde.gov/snow.

Have any issues with plowing and snow removal, shoot me an email or give me a call.

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

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The Newark Partnership Organizing Committee Meeting
February 19, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Newark Senior Center

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Board of Adjustment Meeting
February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers

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City Council Meeting
February 25, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers
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Green Building Code Work Group Meeting
February 26, 2019, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Council Chambers

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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.

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

2nd November 2018 Update

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