Delaware State News: Levy Court lays groundwork for U.S. 13 sewer main project

May 2nd, 2017 · by Ian Gronau ·

DOVER — Kent County Levy Court moved toward securing engineering services to plan the replacement of almost 3 miles of sewer pipe along U.S. 13 in Dover at their public works committee meeting on Tuesday night.

The area slated for the extensive “force main rehabilitation project” begins at the county pump station near Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus and terminates near Garden Lane by the Capital Commons shopping area.

According to the county’s public works director, Andy Jakubowitch, beginning the project in the fall may be possible after funding is secured.

The original sewer pipe that rests beneath Route 13 is a concrete one from the 1970s that was recently discovered to be in a serious state of disrepair.

“We had two main breaks recently on Route 13 near the Wawa. Through some investigation, we found that the pipe is in pretty bad shape,” said Mr. Jakubowitch.

During the committee meeting, Mr. Jakubowitch noted that the two possible funding sources his department is pursuing are DNREC and USDA.

“If DNREC funds the project, the labor would be subject to the state wage rates,” he said. “We’re leaning toward the USDA to avoid that. The market’s rates tends to be cheaper than state’s.”

After securing funding, the public works department would need to perform a preliminary engineering report and an environmental impact study — something Mr. Jakubowitch hopes to have in place by mid-summer. At that point, contractors can bid on the project.

The project, unavoidably, would affect traffic, said Mr. Jakubowitch. However, because of the method being used, disruptions could be minimized.

“The work we’re planning on doing would be trenchless,” he said. “We’d use access holes instead, and we’d space them out so we’re not going through intersections. We’d stop work for race days, holidays and things like that as well — like we have in the past.”

Successfully completing the rehabilitation project would also likely address a lingering odor problems that hovers around the Home Depot and Acme on Leipsic Road.

According to Dover public works director Sharon Duca and Mr. Jakubowitch, the odor is from added wastewater flow that’s been “temporarily” diverted from the county’s transmission line under Route 13 to the city’s pump station at the site.

This arrangement was made necessary because of Route 13’s compromised force main. When the rehabilitation project is complete, the added flow can be returned safely to the Route 13 line. For now though, the county’s public works department is using a “blower system” in the city’s pump station to help mitigate the odor.

“We have a temporary blower system that has helped a bit with the odor,” said Mr. Jakubowitch. “We ordered a new blower system that will probably have installed some time next week.”

Reach staff writer Ian Gronau at igronau@newszap.com

 

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Kent County Swears in 2nd District Commissioner, James Hosfelt, Jr.

3/29/2017

By Kia Evans – Public Information Officer, Kent County Levy Court

Dover, DE – Republican James Hosfelt Jr., was officially sworn into office at the start of the Tuesday, March 28, Kent County Levy Court Business Meeting. Hosfelt recently won the 2nd District seat, vacated in December 2016 by former Commissioner Bradley Eaby. The Oath of Office was administrated by Kent County Clerk of the Peace Brenda Wootten, while Hosfelt’s wife Sherry held the Bible. When asked about his win earlier this week Hosflet said, “I am very appreciative to the residents of Kent County’s 2nd District for the trust they’ve shown in me. I look forward to meeting and working with all of my constituents in the near future.”

 

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Dover Post: Hosfelt victorious in Second District Levy Court election

Posted Mar 28, 2017 at 2:35 PM

By Jeff Brown

Voters pick current Dover city council member James Hosfelt to represent them on Levy Court

Republican James E. Hosfelt Jr. has been declared the winner of the March 21 special election for Kent County Levy Court’s Second District.

Hosfelt defeated Democrat Andrea Kreiner, 1,107 to 660, according to unofficial returns from the state Commissioner of Elections office.
Hosfelt received 62.65 percent of the tally compared to 37.35 percent for Kreiner. Hosfelt was victorious in all but one election district within the Second District.

There were 1,767 ballots cast in the election, with Hosfelt receiving 1,049 machine votes and 58 absentee votes, with Kreiner tallying 606 machine votes and 54 by absentee ballot.

Hosfelt currently is a member of Dover city council and a former chief of police for the city of Dover. He will be replacing Commissioner Brad Eaby, who resigned in December. Hosfelt will be sworn into office at the convenience of the current Levy Court commissioners.

His election will mean the city must have a special election to fill his seat. Hosfelt’s council term ends May 2019.

 

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Delaware1059: Dover Councilman Jim Hosfelt wins 2nd District Kent Co. Levy Court election

Updated

By Kelli Steele

 

Dover City Councilman and former Police Chief Jim Hosfelt wins a special election in Kent County for the 2nd District Levy Court seat.

 

Hosfelt defeated Andrea Kreiner in Tuesday’s election by a vote of 1,107 to 660; Hosfelt received 62.65-percent of the vote compared to 37.35 percent for Kreiner according to the Department of Elections.

Hosfelt will replace Commissioner Brad Eaby who resigned in December to take a position with the state.

 Dover now has to hold a special election to fill Hosfelts’ seat on the City Council that ends in May 2019.

Delaware Online: Dover councilman Hosfelt wins Kent County seat

Christina Jedra , The News Journal Published 8:58 p.m. ET March 21, 2017 | Updated 10:02 p.m. ET March 21, 2017

 

Republican James E. Hosfelt, Jr. won the 2nd District seat in the Kent County Levy Court in Tuesday’s special election.

The Dover City Councilman and former Dover Police Chief won with over 62 percent of the vote, according to the Department of Elections.

Hosfelt had a 447-vote lead over opponent Andrea Kreiner, founder of the Energy & Sustainability Leaders Roundtable and former policy advisor to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.

Hosfelt, a Maryland native, is a United States Air Force veteran and served in the Dover Police Department for 26 years. He is the director of public safety and track operations for the Dover International Speedway.

A graduate of Delaware Technical Community College and the FBI National Academy, Hosfelt is also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Delaware State Sportsman Association, the Delaware Police Chiefs Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police and Masonic Lodge, Union Lodge No. 7, his website states.

An attempt to reach Hosfelt for comment was unsuccessful.

The Levy Court is Kent County’s executive government. It has seven elected commissioners, six districts seats and one at-large. The group has responsibilities related to property assessment, real estate transfers, constructing sewage systems, determining street light placement and ambulance services, according to the county website.

The 2nd District seat was vacated by Brad Eaby, who stepped down to become a deputy attorney general in the Delaware Department of Justice.

The city of Dover will now need to hold a special election to fill Hosfelt’s District 1 seat on council, where he has served since May 2015. His term ends in May 2019.

Contact Christina Jedra at (302) 324-2837, cjedra@delawareonline.com or on Twitter @ChristinaJedra.

James E. Hosfelt, Jr.: 1,107 votes, 62.65%

Andrea Kreiner: 660 votes, 37.35%

 

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2017/03/21/dover-councilman-wins-kent-county-seat/99474216/

Delaware State News: Jobs, public safety and infrastructure are key issues at debate

 

March 16th, 2017

by Mike Finney

“Both candidates had different takes on what the most pressing problem facing Kent County is.

“Infrastructure, it’s that simple,” said Mr. Hosfelt, who is currently a Dover City councilman in the 1st District. “We can have all the residential business growth we want, but if we don’t have the infrastructure in place to support it, what good are we doing?

“We need to support initiatives like the pipeline assessment program. These are things that if we are doing it right it could’ve prevented what we had in front of Postlethwait Middle School which caused at least 300,000 gallons of wastewater to dump into the St. Jones River.”

It was Mr. Hosfelt and Ms. Kreiner who had the most to gain – or lose – at Thursday’s debate. Both candidates had differing views of what the most important issues are for Kent County’s residents.

“No matter where I go the one thing I hear from Kent County residents is they are concerned about public safety,” Mr. Hosfelt said.”

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Dover Post: Hosfelt, Kreiner spar Thursday night at candidate’s forum

March 17th, 2017

By Jeff Brown

“Referring to his many years in law enforcement, including a term as Dover’s chief of police, Hosfelt said his main concern is public safety, which include supporting the county’s 911 center, and its paramedics and volunteer firefighters. He supported simplifying regulations dealing with agriculture, updating county infrastructure and increasing jobs.

“We need new and proactive ways of economic development, not just sitting back and waiting for it to come to us,” he said.

Supporting the county paramedic program is vital, Hosfelt noted, adding he considers state efforts to shift responsibility to the county as unwarranted.

The General Assembly required each county to have a paramedic system and in the beginning ensured it was fully funded. Over the years however, financial responsibility has slowly shifted toward the counties.

“We have to continue to support the paramedic program,” he said. “It’s an unfunded mandate if they force it back on us.”

Kreiner concurred, saying state mismanagement of its finances has caused the problem.

Hosfelt does not support the Victory Church’s efforts to build houses for the homeless on its county property.

“I’m not in favor of the tiny home village,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the right place, I don’t think it should be allowed.”

Hosfelt said Waddington’s office isn’t being given the money it needs.

“They have a budget basically to cover the salaries of those working in that position,” he said. “There’s no money there for economic development to be proactive.”

In his closing statement, Hosfelt said he supported efforts to improve county infrastructure; doing so might have prevented a recent accident that dumped untreated wastewater into the St. Jones River.

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Commissioner Glen Howell supports Jim Hosfelt

I strongly endorse and support Jim Hosfelt for the 2nd District of Levy Court. Jim is well known and well liked for many reasons. He will contribute greatly to the standing Levy Court. Well reasoned and sensible people are in demand everywhere. Jim fits that description. He is objective and practical as well as approachable and sincere. Please vote for Hosfelt on March 21.

Thank you
Glen M. Howell
Commissioner, 6th Levy Court District

Commissioner Eric Buckson supports Jim Hosfelt

I write this letter as a show of support for Jim Hosfelt who is
running for the seat vacated by former commissioner Brad Eaby. I’ve
known Jim personally for many years and believe he will make an
outstanding addition to Levy Court. Jim Hosfelt has distinguished
himself through a lifetime of public service, joining the United
States Air Force early in life and then transitioning to a police
officer in the City of Dover.  After rising to the rank of Police
Chief, Jim Hosfelt retired and joined the Dover International Speedway
administrative team. In keeping with his belief that serving others is
in his blood, he was elected to and currently serves on the Dover City
Council.

Levy Court, more commonly known as County Council, plays a key role in
many aspects of everyday life. Commissioners are tasked with setting
tax rates and fees as well as managing a multi-million dollar budget
that includes public safety, public works, planning, code enforcement,
parks/rec and many other functions. On March 21st, voters in the 2nd
District of the county will go to the polls and decide who their next
commissioner will be. The 2nd District includes parts of South Dover
extending west of Wyoming, Hartly, and North Dover.

I have had the privilege of serving on Levy Court for the past 10
years. During that time commissioners have dealt with issues ranging
from the simple to very complex. The key to Levy Courts success has
been the ability to have commissioners push partisan politics aside
and focus on doing what is right. It is without hesitation that I
offer my endorsement of Jim Hosfelt for Levy Court Commissioner for
the 2nd District. I am confident that Jim Hosfelt will be a positive
addition to Levy Courts continued effort to put the county residents
first.

Sincerely,
Eric Buckson
Commissioner – 4th Levy Court District