About Us

Founded in 1962, the Civic League For New Castle County is an organization comprised of community civic associations, umbrella civic groups, good government groups, businesses, and interested individuals. The League provides a forum for education about, discussion of, and action on issues relating to the impact of government on the quality of life in New Castle County

Friday, August 17, 2018

2018 New Castle County Council Democratic Primary Forum Is Next Thursday, 6:30PM At The Mill Creek Fire Hall!


Network Delaware:

1st NCC Council Democratic Primary Forum: Candidates Present Their Visions


The 2018 New Castle County Council Democratic Primary Forum will focus on the Democratic primary races.  

The forum will be an hour and a half with candidates sharing the podium for Q and A via written questions from co-sponsors and then from the general public.   

Half the candidates have accepted invitations.  
President of the Civic League for New Castle Council Nancy Willing said members were eager to hear from council's incumbents and challengers on quality of life issues for residents.  

She added "I will be interested in the candidates' thoughts on potential new revenue streams in lieu of further tax increases and what council should be doing to address land use-related traffic congestion in light of high-density residential development plans in the works for so many northern county golf courses." 

Who: New Castle County Civic League and Network Delaware 

What: New Castle County Council Primary Forum 

When: Thursday, August 23rd from 6:30pm to 8pm 

Where: Mill Creek Fire Company's Chambers Memorial Hall located at 3900 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808. 

Why: To encourage discussion of the role New Castle County Council can play in improving the lives of its constituents

Monday, July 9, 2018

Master Plan Public Information Session For Concord Pike (US 202) Corridor, 6-8PM Wednesday, July 25th In Talleyville

The Civic League for NCC and CCOBH civic umbrella group members should be on top of this issue because this part of New Castle County has to deal with two massive development plans right now: the already-approved Columbia Place and the hoped-for Capano rezoning of the Brandywine Country Club along with the Concord Plaza mixed use plan.

New Castle County Department of Land Use:
New Castle County Department of Land Use, DelDOT, and WILMAPCO are beginning a Master Plan for the Concord Pike (US 202) Corridor, encompassing an area between the City of Wilmington and the Pennsylvania state line. Join us for a Public Information Session on 7/25/18 at Talleyville Fire Company to learn more.

WILMAPCO: Concord Pike Corridor Master Plan Public Information Session

The Master Plan will provide a 20-year vision that identifies cohesive land use and transportation strategies to ensure that Concord Pike will continue to be a safe, accessible and economically thriving place for all. Don't miss the chance to influence the vision for the 202 Corridor for the next 20 years.
SEE: Brewing battle over country club redevelopment

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tell Your State Rep. To Vote YES On HB 456 To Ban The Use Of Lead-Based Paint On Outdoor Structures




ACTION ALERT ON LEAD PAINT
Sarah Bucic and Amy Roe have been working on a bill that would ban the use of lead-based paint on outdoor structures.  Lead paint was banned nationwide for residential use in 1978, but it is still legal to use on outdoor structures.  Lead paint can be found on water towers, bridges, fire hydrants and playground equipment. 
They are very excited to announce that HB 456, which is sponsored by Rep. Jaques and Senator Hansen, passed the House Health and Human Development Committee on Wednesday, June 13.  We could have a vote by the House as early as Tuesday, June 19.  http://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail?legislationId=26820 
Sarah and Amy have put together a list of 25 target Representatives who have not yet said that they support HB 456.  Their emails are listed at the bottom of this email. 
It would be a great help if you could take a few minutes to email each of these Representatives before Tuesday and ask them to vote YES on HB 456. 
If one of these Representatives happens to be your Rep., it would great to include that fact in your email. 
Lead paint talking points:
  • Lead is very dangerous to public health.  It is a neurotoxin and there is no safe level of exposure to lead.
  • Because lead can hinder brain development, exposure is especially dangerous for children
  • When lead paint chips, it creates dust, which when inhaled or ingested, can cause lead poisoning.
  • The half life of lead in human bone is 27 years and becomes mobilized during pregnancy, so girls who are exposed to lead as children can pass their lead poisoning on to their own children when they grow up and become pregnant.
  • Many outdoor structures are located extremely close to homes, parks and schools, where any dust from flaking paint can easily be inhaled or ingested by our kids.
  • Delaware should provide the same level of protection for Delaware kids from lead in outdoor paint as we have in place for residential paint.
For anyone who wants more information, click on the link  below for a journal article published in 2015 in Frontiers in Public Health* about the need to ban lead in outdoor paint.

 Time to Ban Lead in Industrial Paints and Coatings - NCBI - NIH


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Civic League For New Castle County Monthly Meeting - 7PM Tuesday, June 19th


Civic League for New Castle County 
7 - 9 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Christiana Presbyterian Church 
15 North Old Baltimore Pike 
Christiana, DE 19702 

Call for nomination and 
Election of Directors 



Saturday, May 5, 2018

Civic League For New Castle County Annual Meeting: 7PM Tuesday, May 15th In Christiana




Civic League For New Castle County Annual Meeting 

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 
Time:   7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Guests:  Delaware Treasurer Ken Simple  - NCC Councilman Tim Sheldon 
Location: Christiana Presbyterian Church
15 North Old Baltimore Pike
Christiana, DE 19702
Meeting Information- Speakers 
We are pleased to announce that two current elected officials will be presenting on issues important to our communities. 
State Treasurer Ken Simpler will be presenting on the state of our finances, sharing different initiatives he is involved in, and taking your questions. 
County Councilman Tim Sheldon will be presenting on the status of delinquent sewer tax bills, and how it is affecting the fiscal year 2019 budget.  


CLNCC - Call for Nominations of Officers

Dear Members of the CLNCC,  
The time has arrived to nominate officers for the next term of the Civic League for New Castle County.   
The Civic League officers consist of a president, 3 vice presidents, treasurer, and secretary.   
The election will occur at the next board meeting on May 15, 2018.   Please forward any nominations to the nominating committee at:  heeltoetoe@gmail.com.  
Sincerely, 
Frances West and Nick Wasileski
Nominating Committee 

Read the County Comments newsletters HERE 
Become a CLNCC member HERE


CLNCC Contact Info  
President Jordyn Pusey President@CivicLeagueforNCC.Org (302) 388-1101 
Vice President Bill Dunn bill_done@msn.com (302) 994-9334  
Vice President Nancy Willing nancyvwilling@yahoo.com (302) 294-1939 
Treasurer Scot Sauer treasurer@civicleagueforncc.org (302) 996-9075 
Secretary Barry Shotwell cnb.shotwell@yahoo.com (302) 584-2242

Friday, April 13, 2018

CLNCC Monthly Meeting Set For 7PM Tuesday In Christiana



Civic League For New Castle County

April Meeting

Date: Tuesday April 17th , 2018  
Time:   7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Guest Speakers:  
  • Eileen Butler, Natural Areas Program Manager, DNREC  
  • RJ Miles, Vice President, CCOBH 
  • Matthew Morris, Claymont Revitalization Project
Location: Christiana Presbyterian Church
15 North Old Baltimore PikeChristiana, DE 19702
Community Alert  --  Transportation Improvement Districts
By: Tom Dewson 
In a recent forum on traffic requirements related to new development, there was discussion about the "benefits" of Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs). Citizens need to be watchful. Typically, a traffic impact study (TIS) looks at an individual development project and its impact on nearbyroads. TIDs, on the other hand, look more broadly. They consider all land use plans and traffic impacts within a defined geographic area. 
Conceptually, TIDs – properly constructed --may be appropriate in selected situations. As is usually the case, though, the devil is in the details. 
When DelDOT was changing their regulations (re traffic studies and TIDs) in late 2012, major civic organizations wrote to DelDOT to express their serious concerns with TIDs. We made the points that 
1. The TID Infrastructure Program is Fundamentally Flawed. As proposed, developers would pay an assessment to DelDOTand then be free to proceed with development. This sets up a situation where developers can pay pennies on the dollar for improvements, the improvements never get made, and the public is left with a traffic nightmare that the taxpayer ends up eventually funding out of our own pockets. 
There needs to be Direct Linkage – needed improvements are identified up front, and developers make (and fully pay for) the required upgrades concurrent with the build-out of their projects. DelDOT can apportion the work across the responsible parties, but the developers must fully fund and implement the work as a condition of occupancy. This is the only way to protect the public. 
2. The TID Default Contribution Formula is a Major Subsidy to the Developers. As proposed, in situations in which a TID exists and no formula for developer contributions has been defined, the default formula for contributions is proposed to be based on % of total traffic (vs % of increased traffic). By definition, this math shifts a large portion of the cost of needed upgrades to the taxpayer, a major subsidy for the developers. 
In most situations in northern New Castle County, traditional Traffic Impact Studies – properlydefined and implemented – may be the best approach. In those (selected) situations where TIDs may be appropriate, the TIDs must be constructed such that needed improvements are fully funded by the developers and implemented concurrent with the build-out of their projects. 



May Annual Meeting Speakers 
We are pleased to announce that two current elected officials will be presenting on issues important to our

communities. 

State Treasurer Ken Simpler will be presenting on the state of our finances, sharing different initiatives he

is involved in, and taking your questions. 

County Councilman Tim Sheldon will be presenting on the status of delinquent sewer tax bills, and how it

is affecting the fiscal year 2019 budget.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CLNCC's General Assembly Lobbying Report For Late March 2018


This morning, I thought I would share my lobbyist newsletter to the Civic League for New Castle County (CLNCC,) "Things of Interest Late March 2018" edition. 

It is vital for citizens of New Castle County to organize and strengthen their power through civic governance. The CLNCC is a prime conduit for empowering local residents. Consider joining us as a community group, a business, or an individual!

Things of Interest, Late March 2018

CLNCC

CLNCC will be choosing a new President at our Annual Meeting in May as Jordyn Pusey has filed to run for NCC Council. We are closely monitoring NCC Department of Land Use regarding potential changes to the level of service requirements in the UDC and the communities' struggles with golf course development applications for Cavaliers, Brandywine and Pike Creek and issues before the Historic Review Board.

Bill Dunn is the CLNCC nominee for the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC).

I attended a Lobby Day in support of Adult Use Cannabis (HB 110) and will be working with that group to increase public education on the merits of the legislation.

And congratulations to Connie Georgov for being honored by the League of Women Voters of NCC at this year's CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT AWARDS RECEPTION 

NCC

County Executive Meyer gave his FY 2019 Budget address last night and surprised council with requests for a 15% property tax and a 12% sewer fee increase (see news stories below.)

Two massive UDC amendments, 18-020 and 18-02, were introduced at the Council meeting (Agenda HERE) and bills up for votes included Hollins' amendment to the Traditional Neighborhood Housing ordinance (HERE.)


General Assembly

State Rep. Mike Ramone's HB 239, an act to amend Title 9 of the DelCODE relating to a vacancy in NCC office of county executive, passed the House yesterday!

The legislature breaks for spring for the next two weeks even as several snowfalls interrupted the regular order of  business this month.

House

Judiciary - House Majority Hearing Room - 12:30PM
HB 310 M. Smith - AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CERTIFICATION OF ADOPTION OF SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY STANDARDS BY DELAWARE ENTITIES.

Administration - JFC Hearing Room - 2:30PM
HB 73 Briggs King bill requires an elected official or other paid appointed official of this state or any county or political subdivision who is also employed by any state agency, education, or other institution, or any other political subdivision of this State to disclose such employment to the Public Integrity Commission (PIC). This disclosure will assist the PIC and the State Auditor in evaluating if the official is receiving dual compensation for coincident hours of work.
HB 399 Longhurst - ACT PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE I OF THE DELAWARE CONSTITUTION RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS.

Public Safety and Homeland Security -  House Majority Caucus Room - 2:30PM
HB 294 Briggs King ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

Education - House Chamber - 2:30PM
SB 90 Bushweller bill would allow for a student to participate in the Inspire Scholarship Program for eight continuous semesters instead of the current six. This would allow a student to use Inspire Scholarships for each of the semesters during a traditional college program
HB 326 K. Williams Act creates the Delaware Advance Scholarship Program (“Program”). The goal of this Act is to encourage Delaware students with intellectual disabilities to pursue studies for a comprehensive certificate or degree at a Delaware institution of higher education
HS 1 for HB 49 Jaques ACT TO AMEND TITLES 14 AND 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL SAFETY
HB 344 Briggs King -  language set forth in this statute would remove barriers and unrealistic goals to offenders with learning disabilities when being considered for parole or a sentence modification.

Health and Human Development - House Chamber - 3:30PM
SS 1 for SB 143 Townsend - ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSORTIUM.

Corrections - House Majority Caucus Room - 3:30PM
HB 357 J. Johnson ACT TO AMEND TITLE 22 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MUNICIPALITIES.

Natural Resources - House Majority Hearing Room - 4PM
HB 270 Mulrooney ACT TO AMEND THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CLEAN WATER FOR DELAWARE.


Senate 

Transportation - Senate Majority Caucus Room - 10:30AM
HB 328 Osienski - ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS.

Corrections and Public Safety - Senate Majority Caucus Room - 12:30AM
bill allows ground-based and hand-held sparklers and certain other nonexplosive, nonairborne novelty items regulated by the federal government to be sold and used in the State. 

Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy - Senate Chamber Meeting Room - 1:30PM
SB 133 Lopez - Act acknowledges that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has been collecting natural resource data for years without the consent of the respective property owners. This Act further prohibits the dissemination of natural resource data to any person or entity without first disclosing the date and method of collection along with obtaining the written consent of the respective property owner. In the event written consent cannot be obtained during a two year period following the effective date of this Act, the Department must expunge, without the distribution or transmission to any other person or entity any natural resource data.
SB 134 Lopez act enhances the penalty for Theft when the victim is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

Elections and Government Affairs - Senate Hearing Room - 1:30PM
SB 153 Hansen - Act creates the Delaware Native Species Commission ("Commission")
HB 92 with HA 1 K. Williams - bill provides that every member of the General Assembly or person elected to state office shall disclose as part of their financial disclosure if they have received more than $10,000 in the last 10 years due to the sale of land, development rights, an agricultural conservation easement, a forest preservation easement or any other type of easement to the State of Delaware, any county, any municipality, any public instrumentality, or any government agency or organization.

Judicial and Community Affairs Senate Majority Caucus Room - 2PM
HB 103 Matthews - ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HOME IMPROVEMENT FRAUD
HB 316 Longhurst ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DELAWARE CITY
SB 160 Henry ACT TO AMEND TITLE 9 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE NEW CASTLE COUNTY BOARD OF ASSESSMENT REVIEW
HS 1 for HB 330 with HA 1 Schwartzkopf ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FIREARMS.

Health, Children and Social Services - Senate Hearing Room - 2:30PM
This meeting will focus on the state of Delaware's drinking water and it's effect on the health of all Delawareans. The committee will be discussing water related, point-source regulatory frameworks in Delaware, including expert testimony

Education - Senate Hearing Room - 3:30PM
SB 85 Henry ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE LAWFUL AUTHORITY OF TEACHERS OVER PUPILS.
HS 1 for HB 287 with HA 1 K. Williams ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO STATE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS.

In the News:

VIDEO | New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer proposes 15% property tax increase in FY 2019 budget

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer proposes budget with property, sewer tax increases

Meyer's NCC Budget Address 5:30PM Tuesday With Town Halls To Follow In Claymont, Newark, And Hockessin