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Levy Court Approves Expanded Emergency Medical Services

This week Commission Hosfelt, along with other Levy Court Commissioners, voted to approve the purchase of the vacant Super Soda Center on Rt 8 just west of Dover High School. This property will be redeveloped into a paramedic substation servicing areas west of Dover. This will cut down paramedic response times by avoiding traffic congestion in Dover and delays at railroad crossings as well as closer proximity to western Kent County.

 
Commissioner Hosfelt has dedicated his life to public service as a retired Police Officer and Chief with Dover PD and was happy to support the expansion of emergency medical services throughout our community.

Kent County Comprehensive Plan Workshops

Do you care about the direction Kent County is headed? Want to be part of the planning process? Then come out to one of the Comprehensive Plan workshops!

All of the workshops are scheduled to begin at 6:00.The Comprehensive Plan workshop schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 26 at the Magnolia Fire Hall

Monday, March 5 at the Kent County Complex (rooms 220 and 221)

Wednesday, March 7 at the Cheswold Fire Hall.

Can’t make it to a workshop? Please complete our survey about the comprehensive plan and let us know what you think is important as we continue to make Kent County the best county in Delaware! Click here for the survey.

Click here to see the Comprehensive Plan draft

Click here to see the Appendices

Public Workshop – Town of Hartly Sidewalk Improvements

Public Workshop – Town of Hartly Sidewalk Improvements

Original Post Link HERE

Hartly Volunteer Fire Company
2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly DE
Tuesday February 20, 2018
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) invites the public to attend a public workshop to review and comment on proposed sidewalk improvements along Main Street in the Town of Hartly. This project will include new sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks, and curb ramps along the north side of Main Street between Arthursville Road and North Street, and along the south side of Main Street between Arthursville Road and Slaughter Station Road. The workshop will also provide an update on the project’s schedule.

 

The Public Workshop will be held on February 20, 2018, at the Hartly Volunteer Fire Company from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interested persons are invited to express their views regarding the proposed project in writing. Comments will be received during the workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email to dotpr@state.de.us.

Kenton Road and Chestnut Grove Road Intersection Public Workshop

Public Workshop
Kenton Road & Chestnut Grove Road Intersection Alternatives

As part of the K104, Kenton Road, SR 8 to Chestnut Grove Road Project

 

 

Original Post Link HERE

Dover High School, Cafeteria
One Dover High Drive, Dover

Wednesday February 7, 2018
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a public workshop to solicit public input on the proposed intersection improvements at Kenton Road and Chestnut Grove Road in Dover, DE.  The Public Workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Dover High School Cafeteria located at One Dover High Drive.  The public is invited to attend anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The overall purpose of this project is to improve traffic safety and operations and to enhance bicycle and pedestrian accessibility along Kenton Road.  All facilities will be ADA compliant.  Attendees will have an opportunity to review the proposed alternatives at the intersection of Kenton Road and Chestnut Grove Road and provide comments to DelDOT representatives.  In case of inclement weather this workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 4 – 7 p.m. in the DHS Cafeteria.
Interested persons are invited to express their views in writing, giving reasons for, or in opposition to, the proposed project.  Comments will be received during the workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email to dotpr@state.de.us.

Dover Police Release Crime Mapping Feature to Public 1-8-2018

Original post by Dover PD HERE

The Dover Police Department and CrimeMapping.com recently partnered to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime in Dover. CrimeMapping.com provides an easy to use platform that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Dover citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Dover Police Department to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur.  The Dover Police Department previously used RAIDS Online for crime mapping information, but transitioned to CrimeMapping.com to provide  information quickly and more accurately to the citizens of Dover.

Dover citizens can view a map and grid with all of the crimes in their area, sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity, and submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to their law enforcement agency. CrimeMapping.com automatically syncs with the Dover Police Department’s records system to keep crime information updated online and in the mobile app.  CrimeMapping.com then displays all of the incidents on a map, grid and analytics dashboard along with some basic information about the incidents, including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time.

CrimeMapping.com empowers citizens to better understand crime trends and lower crime in their area. Recent crime incidents are displayed on a map or listed in a grid.  Users can also sign up for neighborhood alerts that automatically send notifications about recent crime activity on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule. CrimeMapping.com is accessible on computer web browsers and via mobile apps.  The app makes all of this information accessible anywhere from a user’s mobile device. The CrimeMapping.com Online Mobile app is available for FREE on both iPhone and Android Platforms and is also available on your mobile or desktop web browsers.

VISIT DOVER POLICE CRIME MAP BY CLICKING HERE

 How does it help your community?

  • Enables the public to stay informed about crime activity while they are away from their computer.
  • Citizens can see crime activity based on their current GPS location.
  • Empowers citizens to better understand crime trends and lower crime in their neighborhoods.
  • Makes it even easier to access near real-time crime information provided by your department.

CrimeMapping.com Instructional Video

If there are any questions, or you would like help in using the CrimeMapping.com System, contact M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman from the Dover Police Department Public Affairs Office at 302-736-7130.

What’s New for District 2

07/05/2018

Kent County Levy Court Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

All funds combined, Kent County Levy Court has adopted a budget of $58,937,750 for fiscal year 2019.  The County is financially and operationally responsible for public health and safety, sewage collection and treatment, drainage, planning and zoning, parks and recreation and custodial responsibility for public records.  Highlights of the budget are listed below.

General Fund Operating Budget Overview

The General Fund is the principle operating fund of Kent County Levy Court.  This fund consists of departments that provide general governmental services to the citizens of Kent County.  The primary revenue sources of the General Fund include property tax, realty transfer tax, and fees for services.  Other sources include other taxes, state and federal grants and miscellaneous sources.

  • The total General Fund Operating Budget has been set at $30,849,750.
  • There are no property tax increases for Fiscal Year 2019 and Resolution 3684 has confirmed the Property Tax rate for FY 2019 to be 30 cents ($.30). The tax rate of $.30 is per $100 of net assessed value.
  • Inspection and Enforcement Fees will stay consistent with the rates established with the FY 2018 rate.
  • Record of Deeds Fees will also stay consistent with the FY 2018 rate.
  • Funding was approved for a new Database Administrator position within the information Technology Division.
  • The Director of Economic Development Division has been eliminated and in its place the county will support the Kent Economic Partnership with grant funding in the amount of $100,000.
  • FY 2019 General Fund Capital Projects are budgeted for $3,064,000.

Sewer Fund Operating Budget Overview

The sewage collection system services over 100,000 County residents and expansion of the system to accommodate developing areas is continuing.  The county operates a centralized sewage treatment facility providing treatment service to the cities and towns of Dover, Smyrna, Camden, Wyoming, Milford, Clayton, Cheswold, Kenton, Little Creek, Leipsic, Felton, Magnolia, Frederica, Hartley and Harrington as well as, unincorporated areas.   The County sewer collection and treatment facilities are operated as a separate fund which is self-supporting.

  • The total Sewer Fund Operating Budget has been set at $18,592,400.
  • There are no rate increases for Fiscal Year 2019
  • FY 2019 Sewer Fund Capital Projects are budgeted at $1,745,000.

 

 

Halloween Safety from Dover Police Department 10-16-2017

With the upcoming Halloween events around the City of Dover, the Dover Police Department would like to remind parents, children, and motorists to remain alert and keep safety a top priority during this Halloween season.  While we will have extra officers on the streets and in our neighborhoods on Halloween Night, it is important to take note of the safety tips we have provided below.

Trick or Treat Date/Times:

  • Tuesday, October 31st 6:00PM-8:00PM (City of Dover)
  • Participating homes should have their front lights on
  • Households that are not participating should turn off their front lights

Alternative Trick Or Treat Event:

The Dover Police Department will be holding their 2nd Annual Trick or Treat event onFriday, October 27th from 5:30PM-8:00PM at Legislative Mall.  There will be several law enforcement, fire, and other emergency agencies handing out candy, as well as numerous businesses and organizations with candy and other giveaways.  This event is free for all who attend.  Due to limited supplies it is requested that Trick or Treating be reserved for children 13 and younger.

For more information, visit: DOVER POLICE TRICK-OR-TREAT

Motorist Safety Tips:

  • Motorists are asked to drive with an abundance of caution and travel at a reduced speed in residential areas.
  • Many children and adults will be walking through residential areas and depending on the availability of sidewalks, may be near or on the roadway.
  • Be aware of children inadvertently darting across the street in the path of vehicles.

Trick or Treating Safety Tips:

  • Children should NEVER go Trick or Treating alone.  They should be with a parent/guardian, or a group of friends at all times.
  • Stay off of main roadways.
  • Costumes should fit properly, with no loose/hanging items.
  • Consider face paint instead of masks as they can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Trick or Treaters should carry a flashlight at all times.
  • Utilize glow sticks and/or reflective tape/material attached to costumes and bags for added visibility.
  • Before crossing the street, always look in both directions twice to make sure no vehicles are coming.
  • Inspect all candy to ensure it is not tampered with, prior to consuming it.

Sex Offender Ordinance for Halloween Festivities:

The Dover Police Department Sex Offender Enforcement Unit would like to remind all offenders living within the City of Dover of the ordinance in regards to Halloween/Holiday festivities.  The Dover Police Department will have extra officers on duty to ensure that offenders comply with the new ordinance, and be on the lookout for suspicious/unsafe activity. If there are any questions or concerns, or you would like to report a non-compliant offender, please notify the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.

DOVER CITY ORDINANCE:

70-7  Registered Sex Offenders

  1. e)  Prohibited activities for sexual offenders.

(1)  It is unlawful for any sexual offender to participate in a holiday event or practice involving children under 18 years of age, such as distributing candy or other items to children on Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, or any other holiday or event. Participation is to be defined as attendance at, or taking part of, or cooperation with an event.

(2)  It is unlawful for any sexual offender to wear costumes for the primary purpose of entertaining, attracting, or encouraging interaction with children. 

(3)Any person designated a sexual offender shall be required on October thirty-first of each year or any other day upon which Halloween is celebrated to: 

  1. Avoid all Halloween related contact with children;
  2. Post a sign at his/her residence stating, “No candy or treats at this residence.” Such signs shall be in letters at least two inches high and shall be legible from the street or road adjacent to the residence; 
  3. Except for lighting provided on a year round basis by a sexual offender or the owner or manager of a multi-family residential unit for the purpose of security or walkway or hallway illumination, all outside residential lighting shall be off during the evening hours after5:00 p.m., and no exterior holiday decorations shall be exhibited on the sexual offender’s residence or on the property upon which the residence is located. 

(4)  Holiday events or practices in which the sexual offender is the parent or guardian of the child or children involved, and where no non-familial children are present, are exempt from this section.

Second Annual Dover Police Trick-or-Treat Event 10-12-2017

The Dover Police Department is excited to announce its Second Annual Trick-or-Treat event following an extremely successful 2016 event.  The Dover Police Department, in conjunction with the Downtown Dover Partnership, and City of Dover decided to make the event an annual tradition in the days following the inaugural event, announcing that it will traditionally be held on the Friday preceding Halloween.

On October 27th, from 5:30pm-8:00pm, streets surrounding Legislative Mall will be filled with police cars, fire trucks, emergency equipment, local businesses, and organizations as costumed children Trick-or-Treat at each display.  Families will have a chance to meet their local police and fire personnel, explore the vehicles and equipment they use, get to know more about local businesses and organizations and what they offer to the community, all while Trick-or-Treating.

There is no cost for any of the events or activities for attendees.  While there is no age limit to attend, we kindly request that only children 13 and under Trick-or-Treat.  Costumes are NOT required.  There will be a limited supply of Trick-or-Treat bags to be given away, so attendees are asked to bring their own.

The roadways surrounding Legislative Mall will be closed to traffic and parking beginning at 4pm to ensure the safest conditions for attendees and allow them to freely explore all the historic area has to offer.  Streets that will be closed include:
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (North and South) from Legislative Avenue to Federal Street and Legislative Avenue and Federal Street between North and South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Details for parking will be released closer to the event date.

The Dover Police Department is also inviting local businesses and organization to participate in this event at no cost.  For more information, please contact 302-736-7130.

The event is the newest addition to a series of community outreach events the Dover Police Department regularly hosts.   For more information, please contact M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman at mark.hoffman@cj.state.de.us or call 302-736-7130.

What’s New for District 2

09/26/17

Land Use Issue – Southwest corner of DE Rt. 8 and Artis Drive.

The applicants/owners of the property wanted to develop the current residence into a home occupation/life consultant business.  The current property is located outside the growth zone and the Regional Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of the application.  After hearing from the property owners and the neighbors who reside in this area I voted against the proposed land use.  As I am sure everyone realizes, this property sits outside the 2nd District but I was concerned with the traffic and issues it would create at the intersection of Route 8 and Artis Drive.

09/19/17

Land Lease with Toys for Tots

Kent County currently owns the property located at 26 Starlifter Avenue within Kent County AeroPark.  The property was the former location of Monster Racing and includes a single story 9,800 square foot commercial building.  By a unanimous vote, Levy Court approved the lease of this property to Toys for Tots for $1.00.  The Marine Corps Reserve Unit will be using this property as a base of operations, with warehousing of donated toys and other gifts items, packaging of the gifts and ultimately distribution of the packaged gifts.  Thank you to the Marines Corp Reserve Unit for your great work and dedication to the children of Kent County.

2018 Comprehensive Plan Workshop

For the past several months Planning Services staff members have been publishing elements of the Plan in a story map form while also drafting the Plan document.  The story maps are available on the county’s Facebook page as well as the county website.    You can find all of the story maps at: http://www.co.kent.de.us/planning-dept/planning/comprehensive-plan.aspx and our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/KCLcPlanning/.  We anticipate the first draft by mid-October.

09/12/17

Public Hearing – Delaware Transit Corporation Reimbursable Transportation Budget

Resolution 3659, FY 18 Delaware Transit Corporation Reimbursable Transportation Budget was introduced.  This resolution was developed to promote cost effective transportation to the elderly and disabled within Kent County.  The funding comes to Kent County through the Delaware Transit Corporations annual budget and the county is responsible for disbursing the funds, a total of $647,426.00.  These funds were disbursed to six different senior centers, including the 2nd Districts Modern Maturity Center, along with Kent/Sussex Industries.

08/15/17

There were two fee increases discussed and approved.  The first, a fee to increase the cost of usage with the Recorder of Deeds by $5.00 was approved.  This fee will offset the increasing costs of technology needs with both the Recorder of Deeds and other county offices.  A second fee increase of $20.00 proposed by the Clerk of the Peace was approved.  Again the fee increase was necessary to cover the increasing costs of this office.  Bottom line, both fee increases only affect the user, not all county taxpayers.

08/08/17

Over the last year, much has been written about DE Turf and deservedly so.  What a great facility.  Soon after the election in March, I had the chance to visit the facility and was extremely impressed with the facility, staff and all those involved in making this a reality.  On August 8th a proposal was brought forward to lease county owned property (approx. 3.5 acres) to DE Turf for $1.00 a year on a 3 year lease.  While I support DE Turf, I didn’t believe a three year lease is in the best interest of the taxpayers.  Instead, I proposed a one year lease or, a three year lease with both sides having an opt-out clause.  While I appreciate this was not in the best interest of DE Turf, I still believe it would have been in the best interest of the taxpayers, should an entity come along and want to purchase the property.

07/18/17

The Murphy property consists of 25.35 acres and is located on the east side of DE Rt. 1, south of the DE Turf complex and is outside of the current growth zone.  The Murphy’s requested their property be rezoned to BG (General Business) so they could develop it for commercial use.  Following much discussion and eventual agreements between the Murphy’s and their neighbors regarding the property, I voted in favor and with the majority of commissioners for the rezoning.

06/27/17

I was appointed Finance Committee Chair and in this role with Levy Court I will be working with the Kent County Finance Director, Susan Durham and her staff.  I believe this to be a great opportunity and appreciate the appointment by President / Commissioner Banta.