Friday, January 25, 2013

Public Works In Action - January

 
Well it is about 22 degrees, getting colder and it is starting to snow and Public Works is working on a broken water main on Jewell Street.  My house is without water at present and will probably be with out water for several hours. 
 
This is a good time to be retired and sit inside watching people work in ice and water and thank God it isn't me.
 
BIG THUMBS UP FOR DELMAR PUBLIC WORKS
 
 
 
Update they worked until about 11 PM and yes I have water
 
and on Saturday they were back covering up the hole
 

The January 2013 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

On a chilly night the January 2013 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting was held at 7 PM at town hall.  By 8:45 it was over with. Those present were Robt Thompson, Bunky Luffman, Joe Dixon, Wm. Boyan and Eric Catellier.

Some of the items discussed were;

Andrew Rementer from the Delmar Fire Department came and asked for guidance in putting a 40 by 60 building that will be 20' 1" tall on a residential lot the Fire Department owns.  After much hemming and hawing, dithering, and  as the politicians say “keeping your options open" the commission approved it (with one abstaining -  Robert Thompson) and directed him to work with town employees; William Hardin and and Gaylon Bounds.

I picked up early on in this meeting there was not going to be many clear cut answers tonight.

Next was Greg Jonson who wants to build a 40 by 80 storage building on the overflow parking lot to the west of the old Bonanza Building (the new Financial center).  It will be used to store merchandise and will not be used as retail or wholesale operation nor repair service work, merely storage.  Again favorable approval was given.

Finally the man of the hour - Doug  Marshall - was on stage with three requests for Planning and Zoning.

Before I write about what occurred let me say that Bunky Luffman said Carl Anderton and him, (elected  Commissioner and elected Mayor) had had a meeting with Doug Marshall to discuss the plans for Heron Pond and the amphitheater.  I don't know if they were the only two elected officials at this meeting so we don't know if the Maryland sunshine Law was broken.  The purpose of the law is to ensure elected officials hold their meetings out in the public eye.  Delmar Maryland and Delaware both are bad for going to executive sessions to discuss items and it certainly reflects poorly on them as it has the appearance of private deal making.   The Maryland side of Delmar has in the works an ethic law - ironic isn't it?  I can't think of anything that should be held in secret that concerns the way the tax payer dollar will be spent.

The entire discussion with Doug Marshall was a rambling affair that sounded more like a sales presentation then a request before the P & Z Commission.  In the part about his request for approval of the Subdivision Plat for Heron Pond he brought the wrong drawing so nothing went on but blue sky talk. 

The only firm request was approval for a ten foot monument sign to go to the East of the Heron Pond entrance.  Favorable approval was given it.  The problem with Marshall and the Chairman of the Commission - who should control things- is he rambles on and throws in a lot of "it's not shown here but...." and then he adds on items that is not in the request.  Five years ago the P&Z commission would have told someone presenting a case like Marshall did to go home and get his act straight and then come back again, this commission however just seems to agree with what ever he puts out.  Besides the monument sign that was approved there are two of signs at the entrance way.  At one point Marshall agreed to remove one of them but later in the evening, I think (it was very rambling), the commission said he could keep all three plus they found something in the P&Z manual that said he could have a construction sign on each lot under construction so he could have 300 signs. 

Finally, altho it was suppose to be a preliminary approval for the amphitheater it ended up into a sales pitch with added "it's not shown here but...." thrown in.  One point I found interesting is he is addressing the noise (sound) issue from the amphitheater by buying a non-American tent that has acoustical properties (Warner Shelter System in Canada http://www.wssl.com/index.html ) ensuring the direction of the sound is away from neighbors and is putting a beam with landscaping on the back to reduce sound traveling to property next to him. I don't know if favorable approval was given or it was accepted he would give a sales pitch to the Maryland Council next Monday.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Planning And Zoning Commission Meets Thursday

The Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Thursday January 24th at 7 PM in Town Hall.

Among the item to be discussed are;

NEW BUSINESS

Delmar Fire Dept - proposed New Building

WVM - Greg Jonson - proposed Pole Building at 10977 State Street

Marshall Home and Land - Doug Marshall - sign approval

OLD BUSINESS

Amphitheater at Heron Pond

Subdivision Plat - Heron Pond

The Kill A Deer Program

DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

Jan. 18, 2013


DOVER -- Farmers, landowners and hunters are invited to learn more about managing deer populations, mitigating crop damage and improving hunting at an event sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association's Delaware State Chapter.

The Feb. 2 Delmarva Sportsmen's Classic will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Dover Building.

Topics will include building a successful quality deer management program, whitetail management trends, responsible hunting, buck scoring and managing and hunting in small woodlots.

Speakers include Dr. Mark Conner of Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Md.; Dr. Grant Woods of GrowingDeer.tv; QDMA founder Joe Hamilton; Kip Adams, QDMA's education and outreach director; and Bill Jones, wildlife biologist with the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife. There will also be vendors, displays and exhibits, and pesticide and nutrient management certification credits will be available.

Admission is $5, with children ages 15 and under free. Food will be available for purchase, with limited free venison samples provided by Mark’s Meats. The event is co-sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Delaware Wild Lands, Travis Taxidermy, the Mid-Del Charitable Foundation and Walls Irrigation, and supported by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

For more information, visit www.delawareqdma.org, email deqdma@gmail.com or call 302-542-6323.

A Sussex County Press Release

Georgetown, Del., Jan. 15, 2013: Sussex County is turning to a familiar financial face when it comes to managing the dollars and cents of County government.

County Council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, meeting, unanimously voted to appoint Gina A. Jennings as the County’s new Finance Director, effective May 1. Ms. Jennings, who is being promoted from director of the County’s Accounting division, will replace Susan M. Webb. Ms. Webb will retire in May after 20 years of service to County government.

By Delaware law, the five-member Sussex County Council is responsible for appointing the position of Finance Director, as well as County Administrator and County Engineer.

As Finance Director, Ms. Jennings will oversee the County’s entire financial system, including the County’s overall annual budgeting, accounting, purchasing, tax assessment and collection, and all other financial affairs. She and Ms. Webb will work closely over the next four months to transition those duties, many of which Ms. Jennings already manages or assists in.

Ms. Jennings holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as a master’s degree in business administration and public administration.

“I am honored to receive this appointment, and I want to thank the Council for their continued confidence in me, and the staff who I have worked with over the years to help lead me to this point,” said Ms. Jennings, who has been employed with the County since March 2006. “Promoting from within shows the County’s support for me and for our current financial foundation, one that was built by my mentors and past finance directors Susan Webb and David Baker. I will continue to build on that foundation to make sure the County remains one of the most fiscally responsible governments, not just in Delaware, but throughout the country.”
 
Ms. Jennings, 34, grew up near Millsboro and attended Sussex Central High School in Georgetown before moving away to enroll at the University of Delaware. Upon graduating from UD, she worked in the private sector as an accountant for the prestigious Ernst & Young firm in Philadelphia before moving back to Sussex County to be closer to family and friends.
Following a stint as a public school teacher instructing high school students on accounting and business practices, she went to work as Finance Director for the Town of Milton before joining County government as an accountant. She was promoted six months later to director of the Accounting division when Ms. Webb became Finance Director.
Among her duties in recent years, Ms. Jennings has maintained the day-to-day management of the Accounting staff, been an integral part of the County’s budget writing committee, managed the County’s annual audit, and assisted in preparing the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. She has led or assisted in numerous projects, including the selection and implementation of a new integrated financial computer software system; the award of a federal energy efficiency grant to fund a solar panel project; and the development of program to lend the use of vacant County properties for community groups.
County Council President Michael H. Vincent said maintaining stability, not just in finances but in the staff who manages those finances, is especially important in uncertain economic times.
“Gina has a very sharp financial mind. She is very detailed oriented, and she knows the ins and outs of our financial systems here in County government,” President Vincent said. “We are fortunate to have people like her on our staff, employees who have the skills,the education, and the experience to keep our financial house in order – and to ensure the taxpayers’ dollars are being used wisely.”
 
Ms. Jennings lives with her husband, Rob, and their two children near Milton.

A Message From DelDot

Maine Trailer Tags Are Not Legal for Delaware Residents


Heavy Fines if Found in Violation

Dover -- The Delaware State Police (DSP) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are reminding Delaware residents with "T" tag trailers that the practice of getting them registered from the State of Maine as a cost-saving measure is a violation of Delaware Code. This practice also poses a safety risk to all motorists since trailers with Maine plates are assumed to be uninspected.

At any time on the roadways of Delaware one can most likely expect to see a disproportionate number of trailers from Maine that are being towed by Delaware registered vehicles. First State drivers may not understand this odd combination. The State of Maine allows any citizen from any state to register their trailers at an extremely low cost and in some cases without inspection.

Col. Nathaniel McQueen, Jr. of the Delaware State Police explained, "Delaware law requires that if you live in this state for 60 consecutive days you are required to register your vehicles and trailers in Delaware. The only exception to this law is those vehicles that are covered under the International Registration Plan (IRP) which are normally 18-wheeled tractor trailers."

Jennifer Cohan, Division of Motor Vehicles Director stated, "If you are not a tractor trailer owner/operator registered with IRP and you live in Delaware and you have your trailer registered in Maine, you are violating Delaware law."

The penalties for violating this section of the traffic code (Title 21 section 2102) include fines of no less than $400 nor more than $600 for the first offense; the penalty for each subsequent offense is not less than $800 nor more than $1,200 or imprisonment of not less than 10 days or more than 30 days.

In order to address this ongoing violation of Delaware code the DMV and the DSP are joining together to address this situation. Over the first few months of 2013 the agencies will work to educate impacted groups and remind them of the requirements. DSP and DMV do understand that there will be questions on the issue. Those with concerns are encouraged to call the DMV at 302-744-2535 for clarification.

Last Night's Raven Game and Sam's Club

As those who read this blog are aware my wife works at Sam's Club and last night they had their "Winter" employee dinner.  Due to the Ravens versus Patriots game occurring at the same time a large size TV was set up in the room where the dinner was.  Well, as those who read this blog are aware I could give a crap less about any sport game, what did interest me was after the Ravens won how happy people were.  Only part so from being Raven fans but also they knew it would be good for business.  Besides the licensed merchandise, the bakery department knew they would be knocking out Cupcakes and Cakes in Raven colors, and up until after superball time business would be good.

Blogger, the platform I use for this blog,  has once again made a change and now I have to go a round Robin route to up load photographs to the blog posts, so you will be seeing less photos in the future.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The February Delmar Police Commission Meeting

I see from the Town Calendar for February there is a Police Commission meeting at 6:30 PM on February 11th, followed by a Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council meeting at 7 P.M.

I wonder why?  The Delmar Police Commission Meeting is a quarterly meeting and it has already been held.  Maybe that executive session they went in at the January  Police Commission Meeting produced a cost reduction in the cost of the Delmar Police building and the Delaware side of town has to vote on accepting less of a loan obligation than what they took out a couple of months back.  I guess we will just have to wait and see.