Additional Engineering Position Approved
On Tuesday, November 14, I voted with a unanimous Levy Court to approve the creation of a new engineering position within the Division of Wastewater Facilities. The new position was created at the request of our Acting Director of Public Works along with the recommendation for approval by the Personnel Director. This newly created position will be responsible for the technical oversight of the treatment plants, ongoing capital projects and interrelated projects. The estimated cost for the remainder of the current budget is $54,000, which can be absorbed by currently budgeted funds.
Site Plan Approval
Approval for a site plan was passed by Kent County Levy Court on Tuesday, November 28. The use of the property located at the N/E corner of S. State Street and Highview Avenue will change from that of a single family residence to a church. This request does not change the zoning for the parcel and it will remain RS-1, not commercial. After speaking with the pastor of the proposed church, he expects the congregation not to exceed 88 people with sufficient onsite parking. Services will occur on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm and Sunday’s between 11 and 1:30 pm.
Delaware Electric Co-op Check Presentation
Mr. Bill Andrew, President/CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative, was on hand at the December 5, 2017 meeting and presented a $52,925.65 check to Levy Court. As most will know, the Co-op is a not for profit cooperative and returns profits to its members. The County is the Co-op’s largest customer.
Kent County Medal Presentation
The Commissioners of Levy Court presented 16 year old Kaleb J. Webb of Milford, Delaware with the Kent County Medal for his heroic actions on September 24, 2017. Kaleb did, by all accounts, save the life of his 69 year old grandfather when he exercised certain CPR lifesaving skills until the arrival of Kent County Paramedics.
January 2018 Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Melanie A. Marinucci, a member of the Kent County Department of Public Safety, for being chosen Employee of the Month.
Change to Kent County Taxation for Disabled and/or Senior Citizen Property Owners.
On Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to introduce positive change to the Kent County Code on Taxation; titled Disabled Property Owner and Senior Citizen Exemptions. After working with Susan Durham, Director of Finance and Mike Petit de Mange, County Administrator, adjustments to the total adjusted gross annual income of a single applicant, as well as, an applicant and spouse were developed and recommended to the Levy Court for approval. The adjusted gross annual income for a single applicant was raised from to $18,000 and that of a family was raised to $24,750. These increases to our exemption limits place the county more in line with our municipal partners and the support by all members of Levy Court was certainly appreciated.
New Business Coming to West Dover
During the public hearing, we heard from a prospective business hoping to occupy the former site of the Calvary Baptist Church of Dover, located at the corner of Forrest Avenue and Victory Chapel Road. The business, specializing in retail sales, service & parts of farm equipment, took a big step forward on the evening of October 24 with an unanimous approval of their request for conditional use of this property. We need to continue to do whatever we can to support new businesses in Kent County.