Civic League for New Castle County Minutes of the June 15, 2010 Meeting The June 15, 2010 meeting of the Civic League for New Castle County was held at the Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building, 3601 North DuPont Highway. President Dan Bockover called the meeting to order at 7:15 P.M. ANNOUNCEMENTS/ WELCOME A quorum was attained with 17 directors/officers in attendance BUSINESS MEETING Secretary’s Report Minutes of the May meeting were accepted with the following corrections: - Marion Stewart’s name was omitted from the May minutes in the listing of directors for 2010- 2013. - In the General Discussion section concerning what happens if the County Executive resigns during his term, the following corrects the order of assumption : The County Council President assumes the office of Chief Executive if vacated midterm.
Treasurer’s Report The Treasurer’s report was accepted as submitted.
Election of Officers and Directors Frances West reported that although a quorum was not obtained at the May meeting, proxy votes were received subsequently by email and telephone, totaling twenty one votes for the slate as listed in the May County Comments. Officers to serve from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 were sworn in at the conclusion of this meeting.
Dan Bockover reflected on his three year term as President, summarizing highlights and challenging the directors to continue unfinished business. He thanked Frances West for all her assistance and support during his tenure.
GENERAL DISCUSSION • Dave Bailey commented that the postage for bulk mail has increased. The new executive board will review the membership form to assess if changes should be made to include a selection box for email notifications for announcements, renewal reminders and the County Comments. A suggestion was made to accept advertisements, such as business cards, in either the County Comments or the Membership Directory. The Executive Board will review this suggestion also. • Dave Carter advised that DNREC public meetings concerning deepening the channel in the Delaware River, hosted by the Attorney General’s Office, will be held on July 12th and July 13th in Dover. • Chuck Mulholland announced that the upcoming September 15th and October 20th Civic League monthly meetings will be held at the State Police Troop 2 building on Route 40 in Glasgow. The September meeting will include a candidate forum. Submit any question for legislators to Chuck via email prior to the meeting.
• Dan Bockover commented that the Shoppes at Brandywine Hundred complex on Concord Pike and Naamans Road is no longer one of the four Stoltz projects before County Council. • Dave Carter will distribute, via email, a survey concerning priorities for the Civic League in the upcoming year. Charlie Weymouth suggested that the Civic League should concentrate on governance responsibility. Chuck Mulholland stated, as President, he will encourage civic and maintenance associations, as well as individuals, to work with the Civic League. Dave Carter will coordinate work groups that will be formed for specific projects. • Chuck Mulholland stated that public money was not being spent efficiently by the county. The audience at the “Listening Campaign” series of public meetings, held during election years, was “staged” to influence the outcome and justify tax increases. At these meetings, Mark Blake had presented a list of cost saving proposals but none of his ideas have been implemented. The News Journal is not publishing articles concerning the escalating cost of government. The Civic League will consider using various electronic media such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs, to contact its members and promote discussion. A suggestion was made to add a section on the Civic League website titled “Not in the News” containing articles on governance topics that are not published in the newspapers. The County Comments should be used to intrigue members to visit the website for the more complete article.
Meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM
Date of next meeting – September 15, 2010 Submitted by: Ronni Romanelli, Secretary
There has been a Planning Board Meeting scheduled for the DE National plan (2010-0176-S). It is scheduled for September 7, 2010 at 7 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room at 77 Reads Way, New Castle, DE.
This would be the time to come out and speak to the developer and the Department of Land Use directly expressing your concerns. Please remember that this is a meeting being hosted by the Planning Board. No vote would be taken by the Board since the proposed subdivision is permitted by right in the residential “S” zoning district and no variances are being sought. Regardless, this is an exploratory plan and once you state your concerns, they would be noted and addressed by the developer and/or the Department of Land who will be in attendance.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Stephanie Rizzo Legislative Aide to Councilman Sheldon 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 302-395-8369