CCOBH Seminar – Homeowner and Civic Associations: Beyond the Basics_ Monday, January 14th, at 6:00 PM in the Claymont Library

CCOBH Seminar seriesCCOBH is pleased to present, ”Homeowner and Civic Associations:  Beyond the Basics,” a repeat of its well-received advanced seminars for assistance to current or future board members of Civic Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

This seminar is intended to provide Civic Association Board members with information and processes beyond the basic legal and structural aspects of serving on a non-profit Board of Directors.

This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover in depth the following topics:  Dispute resolution, collection of annual dues and fees, including pursuit of collection in the Justice of the Peace Court, and enforcement of restrictive covenants and deed restrictions.

A former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic Associations, Bob focuses his practice on representation of communities up and down the state concerning these types of structural Board issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to more effectively and knowledgeably represent your community.   CCOBH hopes to see you on MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Claymont Library.

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CANDIDATES FORUM: District 2, NEW CASTLE COUNTY COUNCIL

The Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred (CCOBH) and Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council Presents

CANDIDATES FORUM: District 2, NEW CASTLE COUNTY COUNCIL

When: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Where: Talleyville Fire Hall

The Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred and the Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council are pleased to present a Candidates Forum in which the two candidates vying for the District Two, New Castle County Council seat, current Councilman, Bob Weiner, and challenger, Dee Durham, will be publicly answering questions from a panel of members from the two organizations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what these candidates for office have to say about their candidacies and the issues that are important to you.

The Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred and the Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council hopes to see you on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Talleyville Fire Hall.

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CCOBH Seminar – Homeowner and Civic Associations: The Basics Monday, October 15, 6:00-8:00 PM Claymont Library

CCOBH Seminar seriesCCOBH is pleased to present, “Homeowner and Civic Associations:  The Basics,” a repeat of its initial seminar in a series of seminars for assistance to current or future board members of Civic Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

This seminar, focusing on the fundamentals, is intended to introduce Civic Association Board members to the legal and structural aspects of serving on a non-profit Board of Directors.  This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover the structures of Civic Associations and Homeowner Associations, the integration of Delaware law and a community’s controlling documents, the role of the Board of Directors, including fiduciary duties imposed on board members, reporting obligations, the limitation of liability of directors and some of the basics of addressing the Board’s role in overseeing deed restriction enforcement.

A former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic Associations, Bob focuses his practice on representation of communities up and down the state concerning these types of structural Board issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to more confidently, effectively and knowledgeably represent your community. CCOBH hopes to see you on Monday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the Claymont Library.

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Brandywine Country Club Project – CCOBH State PLUS Hearing Working Group

Hello Neighbors… I have a status update for the BCC (Brandywine Country Club) project.

The next step in the land use process is to prepare comments to be submitted to members of the State of DE PLUS hearing. (PLUS = Preliminary Land Use Service)

CCOBH asked and was granted a delay of the PLUS hearing so that it will not be any sooner than September. But we do not want to procrastinate.

Please note, CCOBH requested this delay for the benefit of the community to make sure that each of you, and the community as a whole, has a full and fair opportunity to comment and have decision makers hear and consider the concerns.

This is YOUR opportunity to have a meaningful impact on decision makers by helping draft community comments on the plan, as they relate to the individual state departments who have a say in this project.

CCOBH is seeking members of the community, CARZ members and neighboring civic association leaders to be part of a process of drafting and reviewing comments for each of the PLUS committee hearing members.

While the actual PLUS hearing is open to the public, there is no public comment at the hearing. However, having a large contingent of neighbors attend would benefit our efforts.

Several CCOBH board members will be participating in the process. For everyone else interested in participating, please send me an email at MCA@blanca.com we can include you in the, review, formation and execution of the comments for the PLUS committee members and the meetings we hope to hold with those decision makers prior to the PLUS hearing.

Following the PLUS hearing, the next step is the interaction the community can have with the NCC Land Use department, as they prepare their comments for the Planning Board Hearing. This is where we can benefit from an understanding of the “criteria” both the planning board and land use will use for their deliberations. This is when we should use the Cavaliers CC document I previously posted. Using Land Use’s recommendations about Cavaliers will help us focus on the specific criteria the department gives the most weight and priority, not that other issues are unimportant. It’s just that the Cavaliers’ letter gives us great insight into the process and what Land Use is looking at, such that we are best positioned to present arguments in the context of the criteria they give top priority.

After that, the next steps would be to plan comments we can share at the Planning Board hearing, then comments we can share at the NCC Council Land Use committee meeting, and, finally, comments we can share at the NCC Council vote on the BCC project. All of these steps in the process are months off, but planning now for them is not only critical, but will ultimately determine how successful the community will be. Please remember, based upon past votes on County Council, including the most recent one on the Cavaliers CC — a recommendation for a project by both the Planning Board and Land Use department will almost guarantee a majority vote by NCC Council, no matter how our lone Councilman votes. Our success depends upon our impact during the early stages of this land use process.

Thus, while it is possible the progress of the rezoning could be delayed or even stopped along the way, preparing as if the process is going to proceed to the end, will be our best strategy.

Please remember: CCOBH represents the consensus of the community. The inclusion of and participation by many concerned groups and neighbors will help us make the best arguments.

Please let me know if you have any questions and send your email to MCA@blanca.com if you want to be part of the effort.

RJ Miles President – McDaniel Civic Association VP – CCOBH

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2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards are not now being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism through Friday, August 10, 2018.

The date for the awards ceremony will be Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

The Nomination Form is available by clicking here. There will be more details to follow soon.

Turn your Passion into Action! Visit Volunteer Delaware.

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Save the Date – NCC Civic Association Leader Seminar Tuesday – May 29, 2018

CCOBH Seminar seriesCCOBH is pleased to continue the agenda from our previous New Castle County Seminar. This seminar will be held Tuesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Claymont Library.

The details are still being finalized but one of the subjects will be a follow-up demonstration by Janice Catherman of NCC Special Services on how to use the County website. Also stormwater issues will be discussed.

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Route 202-Concord Pike Study

NCC Land Use and WILMAPCO have begun the 202 – Concord Pike Study. The area of the study will be from I-95 to the PA line, west to the Brandywine River and east to Shipley Rd.

Here are two preliminary reference documents, a 202 Market Assessment performed in 2017 and a WILMAPCO US Corridor Master Plan RFP to get you started.

More info will be available, including announcements of public meetings, as the study proceeds. Let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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NCC Council Community Town Hall Meeting-Tuesday April 24th, 7:00pm

A New Castle County Council District #2 Community Town Hall will be hosted by County Executive Matt Meyer and Councilman Bob Weiner at the Talleyville Fire Hall,  2919 Concord Pike on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

Beginning Wednesday, March 28, the County Executive hit the road with each member of County Council to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 budget with residents in community town halls in every council district.  Each town hall will feature an informational presentation and a review of the County’s fiscal challenges, followed by a question and answer session and discussion about County priorities as work is under way to enact a balanced budget.

Please join us for a town hall to learn about steps we are taking to restore fiscal responsibility to county government and provide high quality critical services that save lives, protect the public health and drive our high quality of life,” County Executive Meyer said.  Bring your questions and participate in the conversation.”

Since 2013, New Castle County government has spent more than it has raised in revenue, and when the Meyer administration took office in 2017 it assumed over $70 million of additional expenditure commitments over the next ten years without the revenue to pay for them. Over the past year, the Administration reduced annual spending by over $6.1 million without reducing county services. The proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget includes more than $4 million in additional cost cutting, along with a state revenue package that has been presented to legislators in Dover and a modest county property tax increase. Balancing the budget through cuts alone would dramatically decrease police, paramedic and 911 services, as well as parks and libraries.

Learn more about the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 New Castle County budget by clicking HERE

Watch a video of the County Executive’s March 27 budget presentation by clicking HERE

Visit http://mybill.nccde.org to view impact of proposed budget on individual property tax bills

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27th Annual Christina Cleanup Photos from Saturday, April 14, 2018

Christina River Cleanup LogoThe 27th Annual Christina Cleanup took place on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Naamans Creek Watershed Association (NCWA) has been coordinating its annual cleanup with that of the Christina Conservancy for the past 20 years.

Thanks to everyone who turned out to cleanup our waterways! A special thanks to the  1-800-GotJunk crew who picked up the trash.

Here are some photos from the day.

 

Wilmington Christian Academy students

Representative Sean Matthews and son

Councilman John Cartier and work crew

Councilman John Cartier

Wilmington Christian Academy students

Wilmington Christian Academy students

Wilmington Christian Academy students

Wilmington Christian Academy students

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27th Annual Christina Cleanup – Saturday, April 14, 2018

Christina River Cleanup LogoThe 27th Annual Christina Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018 (8:00 AM to 11:00 AM)

Naamans Creek Watershed Association (NCWA) has been coordinating its annual cleanup with that of the Christina Conservancy for the past 20 years.

The Naamans Creek volunteers will meet at the East end of F & N Shopping Center (behind Sweeney’s Bakery). Volunteers are invited to meet for lunch at 11:30am.

The Naamans Creek contingent usually pulls out over 2 tons of trash each year from the stream and surroundings. This trash includes car tires (last year 42 tires were removed), shopping carts, wire, and wooden fencing. Most of the material is plastic bags and bottles, soda and beer cans and newspaper circulars. We clean about 16 different sites in our watershed. County Councilman John Cartier participated in the cleanup in 2017.  1-800-GotJunk picks up our trash.

Flyers for your Organization to help promote the 2018 Cleanup

Please post on your community page.  The Naamans Creek Watershed Association would like input and assistance from residents so we clean as much of the area as we can. There are also quite a few tributaries of Naamans Creek that run through some parkland and some private property. If the main creek or a tributary of Naamans Creek (any small creek entering the Delaware River through Claymont, Perkins Run, or Stoney Run) flows through your neighborhood and has trash collections in it please notify Marianne Cinaglia at mcinaglia@aol.com. The Water Resource Authority put Perkins Run and Stoney Run in the Naamans Creek Watershed.

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