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8/12/2019

City Council Meeting

7pm

Municipal Building, 220 South Main Street Newark, DE 19711

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8/12/2019

City Council Meeting

This is a link to the agenda (click on the blue-colored text for documents detailing the respective agenda items):

https://www.newarkde.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6190 


Agenda Item 7A is an ordinance for annexation and rezoning (to single family detached residential) of 1089 and 1091 Elkton Rd. property into our City boundaries for improved bus access and future expansion of Newark Charter School facilities.


I am especially interested in your feedback on Item 7D--an ordinance to remove no parking restrictions on portions of Haines St., Lovett Ave., and Center St., making portions of N. Chapel St. "no parking", requiring head-in parking in off-street parking lots, setting off-street parking meter rates, and limiting free handicapped parking to on-street parking. I appreciate input received from some of you already. Please know that part of the intent is to make up for a loss of public parking during the Main St. rehab and Hyatt Hotel construction. These changes also reduce costs to maintain single meters. Most importantly, these changes implement recommendations of our parking sub-committee to improve the overall parking experience in Newark by offering a uniform system with pay-by-phone options, better publicity of available parking, variable rate structures, and validation options, as examples.


The recommended lot requirement of parking head-in, as opposed to backing in and receiving a $20 fine, will be discussed further. Lot parking will be enforced by a patrolling license plate reader. Requiring an enforcement officer to get out of their vehicle to check a license plate that has backed in will slow them down; however, we may need to compromise some efficiency for personal preferences in order to convey our City's intent to improve the parking experience and welcome visitors downtown--not drive visitors away. Additionally, I understand some downtown visitors prefer to not pay ahead and track their time.  As always, I am open to exploring points of compromise and flexible options with this new technology and will do so Monday night. 


The meeting should be livestreamed as usual through this link: https://livestream.com/newarkde 

7pm

Municipal Building, 220 South Main Street Newark, DE 19711

8/19/2019

City Council Meeting

7pm

Council Chamber, Municipal Building, 220 S. Main St., Newark

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8/19/2019

City Council Meeting

This meeting begins the City Council fiscal year 2020 budgeting process.  2020 will present challenges due to projected revenue shortfalls (e.g. lost utility sales to UD's Christiana Tower & lost parking revenue during Main St. road rehab.) and an increase in operating expenses of 4% from 2019 (~$3.5 million).


Our City staff is looking at ways to bridge the shortfall, but I welcome your ideas as well.  Monday night's agenda is contained in the following link (you may access the presentations by clicking on the blue text of that agenda item):  
https://www.newarkde.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6204


The meeting should be livestreamed as usual through this link: https://livestream.com/newarkde 

7pm

Council Chamber, Municipal Building, 220 S. Main St., Newark

8/26/2019

City Council Meeting

7pm

Municipal Building, 220 South Main Street Newark, DE 19711

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8/26/2019

City Council Meeting

The following is a link to the agenda (click on the blue-colored text for documents detailing the respective agenda items): https://newarkde.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6212 


Item 8A pertains to a development project in District 1 for 511 Valley Rd. that will be voted on (Briarcreek Lot 21). The applicant requests a minor subdivision by site plan approval for demolishing the existing single family home, dividing the parcel into 2 parcels, and building a semi-detached structure of 2 single-family homes.  The following link contains an analysis (on pg. 10) by Dr. Jim Jones regarding the age of the existing home to be demolished, Planning Commission review meeting minutes on the proposal (pg. 14), and the Planning & Development Dept. report (pg. 50): https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12741/8A 


The meeting should be livestreamed as usual through this link: https://livestream.com/newarkde 


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  

7pm

Municipal Building, 220 South Main Street Newark, DE 19711

+ Event Details

This meeting begins the City Council fiscal year 2020 budgeting process.  2020 will present challenges due to projected revenue shortfalls (e.g. lost utility sales to UD's Christiana Tower & lost parking revenue during Main St. road rehab.) and an increase in operating expenses of 4% from 2019 (~$3.5 million).


Our City staff is looking at ways to bridge the shortfall, but I welcome your ideas as well.  Monday night's agenda is contained in the following link (you may access the presentations by clicking on the blue text of that agenda item):  
https://www.newarkde.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6204


The meeting should be livestreamed as usual through this link: https://livestream.com/newarkde 

9/9/2019

City Council Meeting

7pm

Municipal Building, 220 South Main Street Newark, DE 19711

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9/9/2019

City Council Meeting

This is a link to the agenda (click on the blue-colored text for documents detailing the respective agenda items): https://www.newarkde.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6232

 

I expect to have quite a few questions. Agenda items of note: 


5B is a resolution for our City to vacate & abandon the Washington St. right of way in the George Read subdivision because the road was never constructed.  This requires relocation of a public sidewalk & a private company (Piedmont Associates, LLC) would assume responsibility for apportioning ownership & maintaining the land.     


6A requests hiring a consultant at a cost of $52,850 this fiscal year and $50,000 in the fiscal year 2020 budget to (among other things) develop & implement a parking marketing strategy & make recommendations on dynamic parking rates.  My understanding is that our current staffing cannot effectively handle the scope of this work.  


8A is a request for minor subdivision to demolish existing 4 apartment units and construct four, 4-bedroom townhome apartments at 18 North St. (not in District 1).  Our police department is concerned this will add to large parties with noise violations and litter.    


The meeting should be livestreamed as usual through this link: https://livestream.com/newarkde Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

7pm

Municipal Building, 220 South Main Street Newark, DE 19711