2015 Update—July 20th to August 1st

On Monday the 20th I met with a member of the Christina School District board. On Tuesday I went to Dover, met with DNREC staff to discuss the Tri-Valley Trail in the White Clay Creek State Park, and afterwards met with another Representative, and with staff and consultants with the State Treasurer’s office, to discuss coming changes to the state employee deferred compensation plan. On Wednesday meeting I had a meeting to discuss issues surrounding the late June budget negotiations, and then went to the Buena Vista conference center to meet with a state-wide group of those working to address homelessness in Delaware. I then went to Wilmington to meet with the Governor and his staff to discuss financial matters. That evening I went to the Riverfront to attend the annual summer social for the Progressive Democrats for Delaware, at which I joined five of my colleagues to receive the inaugural 2015 PDD Bob Stachnik Progressive Courage Award. On Thursday the 23rd I went to the Girl Scouts’ Country Camp in Hockessin to see their summer camp in action. On Saturday the 25th I stopped by the Girl Scouts yard sale (they are moving their facility in late December, I door knocked in the district, and also attended the Newark Food & Brew Festival on Main Street.

On Sunday the 26th Pam and I hosted a summer barbeque for members and friends of the 23rd Representative District Democratic Committee. I attended a bill signing on Monday in Wilmington, for the legislation which authorizes Delaware companies to perform research on the medical benefits of marijuana. On Tuesday evening I attended the quarterly meeting of the White Clay Creek Advisory Council, and joined Senator Dave Sokola in presenting the Senate Concurrent Resolution recognizing Mason-Dixon Day. On Wednesday I went to Newark City Hall to participate in the announcement of the $200,000 grant to address community cats (trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return). On Thursday Pam and I went to the Delaware State Fair. On Friday I joined DNREC Secretary David Small and other staff on a walk-through of the potential Tri-Valley Trail locations in the White Clay Creek State Park. On Saturday the 1st I attended a DE Air National Guard Welcome Home and Departure Ceremony, and I door knocked both in my district, and in the 18th district with special election candidate David Bentz.

 Email Update

 I have had emails and discussions regarding the creation of a state advisory council on quality care at end of life. I have had emails and discussions regarding the process which the University of Delaware is following in its search for the next President of the University. I have lent a hand to the Mediterranean Grille, in its ongoing pursuit of a liquor license (yes, lasting about six months!). I have worked with a resident to identify when their daughter can expect to hear from the state Department of Education regarding the award of scholarships. I have worked with three different residents regarding their three different concerns with DelDOT and traffic matters. I have explored the factors surrounding permitted handle of expired gift certificates in Delaware, at the request of a resident.

I helped others learn about an opportunity this past week to see DNREC staff utilize minimally invasive bridge supports which they use to bypass wetlands. This is the same process which DNREC would use to cross wetlands as part of the proposed Tri-Valley Trail.

I have been working with the City of Newark to examine a potential leaking water pipe, which could be causing potholes. This is tied to my work to identify the areas most in need of repair in the Nonantum Mills community.

I have been working with staff in Senator Coons’ office, to learn more about the proposed Every Child Achieves Act, and how legislators, stakeholders, and the public at large can learn more and can share their thoughts.

I have worked with the city and state government in a followup to issues raised during my weekend door knocking.

I am finding out more information regarding the proposed development of Whiteman’s Garage into a CVS, at the corner of Corner Ketch and Paper Mill Roads. I understand that one public meeting could be held on this as soon as later this month.