Board of Adjustment Public Hearing 6:00 PM Thursday, July 13, 2017

Board of Adjustment Public Hearing Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Time: 6:00 PM 

Location: New Castle Room NCC Government Center
Address: 87 Reads Way New Castle, DE 19720









UH OH, AT IT AGAIN!!!! There is currently a phone scam where the caller pretends to be a police officer from NCCPD and is asking you to pay your IRS legal fines via gift cards. Be advised, police will never ask you to pay a fine over the phone or with a gift card!


Troopers Remind Bicyclists of Safety on Area Roadways

Troopers Remind Bicyclists of Safety on Area Roadways


Director of Public Information Richard Bratz from Delaware State Police
Photo from Director of Public Information Richard B.
Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier 
Delaware - The Delaware State Police would like to remind bicyclists of safety and laws while riding along the roadways. 

From year to date there have been 15 collisions involving bicyclists on our highways, one of them was a fatal hit and run that occurred in north of Dover (**Update** Troopers Investigating Fatal Hit and Run Crash with Bicyclist-Dover). 

Over the last week, state police have investigated two crashes in the Rehoboth area that involved pedal cyclists riding improperly on the roadway. 

The first occurred Monday June 5, 2017 around 1:45 p.m., when a 21-year-old female was riding southbound in the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway (SR1) at the intersection with Rehoboth Beach Plaza (across from Spring Lake Drive). At the same time, a 2007 Kia Sedona was exiting the plaza to turn northbound on SR1 when the car struck the female on the bike. The 21-year-old female was transported to Beebe with non-life-threatening injuries and was cited for Operating a Bicycle on the Wrong Side of the Road. 

Another incident occurred on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at approximately 1:11 p.m., when a 21-year-old female was riding her bicycle northbound on the sidewalk approaching the entrance to IHOP which is located on the southbound side of SR1 north of Shuttle Road. A 2017 Volkswagen Jetta was exiting the parking lot to travel southbound on SR1 when the two collided. The female bicyclist was transported to Beebe with non-life-threatening injuries and was cited for Riding A Bicycle On a Sidewalk or Crosswalk Where Prohibited. 
As we enter into the summer months, troopers would like to provide the following information for bicyclists riding in Delaware. Obey the rules of the road. Drivers and bicyclists are expected to observe traffic rules such as stop signs and red lights. Ignoring these traffic rules can lead to injuries that would have otherwise been preventable. Never ride against the flow of traffic. Drivers and pedestrians alike may not be expecting bicyclists riding in that direction. Also stay in your lane and don't ride on the sidewalk if you're an adult. Avoid distracted riding much like you would if you were driving a car, and wait to check your cell phone until you're safely off the road. 

Visibility can be an issue for bicyclists in the dark, so take steps to ensure that motorists can see you. Adding white front lights and red back lights to your bike, plus reflective tape or clothing can also help make you more visible in the dark. It is against Delaware law to operate a bicycle at night without a front headlight. And remember, visibility isn't just an issue late at night; cloudy days and early mornings can impair motorists' ability to see bicyclists on the road too. 
More information on bicycle safety can be found on the Delaware Office of Highway Safety website and laws can be found on the State of Delaware website under Online Delaware Code. 
Released: 061117 0800


NCC Alerts property owners to federal flood risk map changes - Informat TUES 23 May 4-7 pm at William Penn High School

New Castle County alerts property owners to federal flood risk map changes, co-hosts 


Tuesday May 23 informat 4-7 pm at 

William Penn High School, 

713 East Basin Road, New Castle

New Castle – On May 23, New Castle County is hosting an open house with Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to answer questions from residents about recently updated federal flood risk maps for New Castle County. The open house will take place from 4-7 pm at William Penn High School, 713 East Basin Road, New Castle.

FEMA’s updated preliminary flood risk maps provide 100-year flood risk information for a number of watersheds in New Castle County, including several streams that have not previously been mapped for flood risk. They have been prepared through a partnership with DNREC to improve the accuracy of flood risk maps statewide. As the local land use and planning agency, New Castle County is working jointly with DNREC and FEMA to alert members of the public who are affected by changes in the maps and to be an informational resource for property owners who have flood risk, flood mitigation and insurance-related questions.

“It is important that New Castle County residents are aware of updated federal flood risk maps and the impact on their properties,” County Executive Matthew Meyer said. “That is why New Castle County has collaborated with state and federal partners to contact residents individually who are affected by these changes and encourage them to attend our May 23 open house where representatives from New Castle County, FEMA and DNREC will be on-hand to answer their questions about flood risk and flood insurance. We invite all interested members of the public to join us.”

Members of the public can review the updated flood risk maps on the DNREC website at www.de.gov/floodplanning.

Earlier this month, New Castle County’s Land Use Department mailed written notices to approximately 6,300 New Castle County landowners whose properties lie within or adjacent to floodplain boundaries. Approximately 1,200 of these parcels have been removed from the updated flood risk maps, an equal number have been added to the updated flood risk maps and 3,900 include flood plain boundaries that have moved within the parcel. These County notices included personalized property maps to help landowners compare floodplain boundaries on the current maps and the proposed preliminary maps.

FEMA’s flood risk maps are used to establish insurance rates and by local communities to develop and enforce local floodplain codes. Many communities have recently adopted higher floodplain development standards and many of these higher standards, such as building elevation, limiting development in floodplains and flood resistant foundation designs, are adopted as part of New Castle County’s flood ordinance.

Standard homeowners insurance does not cover damage incurred by flooding, however, all property owners can purchase flood insurance and FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program makes flood insurance available to local property owners. Homeowners interested in how the proposed changes could impact the cost of their flood insurance premium should contact their insurance agent. Mortgage lenders require borrowers whose properties are located in a designated special flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan.

Residents with questions should contact John Gysling, New Castle County Floodplain Administrator in the Department of Land Use at (302) 395-5400.