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Mayor Ford's 2013 Year in Review

12/31/2013

2013 - Year in Review
 
This was another busy year for the elected officials, appointed committee members, and city employees. The following is a summary of some of the highlights of our activities for the year 2013, but certainly it is not all inclusive. Some issues are either a conclusion of the prior year, or are continuing into 2014. As you can see, our community is the benefactor of countless hours of time and energy by so many volunteers. On behalf of the City of Lewes, and the City Council, we thank everyone for your service of integrating your thoughts and concerns into the public democratic process, ultimately making our community a strong representation and reflection of our citizen ideals.
 
Elections:
 
For City Council, Fred Beaufait was re-elected, Dennis Reardon was newly elected,
 
For the Board of Public Works, Preston Lee was re-elected, A. Thomas Owen was newly elected
 
City Personnel Changes:
 
Carol Richardson became Project Coordinator and Chairperson of Parks & Recreation Commission
 
Pat Liberto hired as new Financial Clerk/Receptionist
 
Kevin D. Williams hired in the Street Department
 
Lewes Police Department hired two new officers: Patrolman Robert K. Scisco & Patrolman Jonathon R. Moyer
 
Officer Tyrone Woodyard became new canine handler for our new canine Blue
 
Officer Jamie Locklear continues in the detective position
 
Lt. Azato attended and participated in training at the FBI academy
 
Capital Projects:
 
Coordinated with the State of Delaware regarding construction of the new connector road, and also overlay improvements on Savannah Road
 
Full street rehabilitation project for Madison/Railroad Ave, improvements to a portion of Monroe Ave. underway, completion in spring of 2014
 
Moved forward with Chesapeake Utilities regarding expanding natural gas service
 
City sold two lots on Burton Ave. to reduce debt towards the purchase of the future Library/Trail Head location
 
Dredging of the Canalfront Park Marina
 
Consideration of renovations to the Lewes Police Dept. and construction of new rest room facilities for Mary Vessels Park and Zwaanendael Park, completion in 2014
 
 Added Park signs in Canalfront Park (in partnership with the Friends of the CFP), Zwaanendael Park, Mary Vessels Park, 1812 Park, and Stango Park
 
Received the final schematic design for the new Lewes Library as recommended by the Library Design Committee and presented by Becker Morgan Group
 
 
As a result of recommendations from various Committees/Commissions, the Council took action such as:
 
Redefined snow emergency routes, established zoning areas for emergency identification, presented public education and outreach regarding emergency preparedness procedures and flood plain mapping, and continued to make improvements directed towards the Community Rating System
 
Numerous modifications and updates to the zoning code to address compliance, provide special exception consideration in the Marine Commercial District, accepted a revised subdivision code
 
Accepted administrative changes to the Historic Preservation Commission, including changing to a once a month regular meeting schedule
 
Received a traffic study regarding intersections and speed zone studies
 
Accepted improvements and innovative educational outreach programs from the Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee
 
Coordinated activities/decisions made by The Board of Public Works, Board of Adjustment, and Board of Ethics.
 
 
Actions and/or discussions took place for the following items:
 
Metered the parking lot on Third Street, added a change machine to Beach Lot #2
 
Renewed the franchise agreement with Comcast, renewed contracts to provide curbside recycling and yard waste collection to the year 2016
 
Approved the Dragon Boat Festival request for 2013 and 2014
 
Received Point Farm Annexation request, formed annexation committee, held public committee meetings, accepted the committee report, process continues
 
Entered into an agreement with RC Quinn Consulting Inc. for assistance in reviewing and assessing Zoning and Building Codes as related to improving Community Resilience to Sea Level Rise and Future Flood Risks
 
Held workshop on consideration of leasing City owned lands in the area of Tenn. Ave.
 
Considered expanding parking opportunities on paper streets on Lewes Beach
 
Continued working with Lewes Unleashed and the State of Delaware regarding the process and details of creating a dog park.
 
Received delivery of new trash truck to replace 11 year old truck
 
Entered into agreements with Guided Path, (Lori Athey), and the University of Delaware to assist in updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan, due Fall 2015
  
 
Further discussion items:
 
Consideration to establish Parks Rules and Regulations/Noise Ordinance clarity
 
Parking options/jitney service
 
Future use of Schley Ave. property Power Plant in conjunction with the BPW
 
Zoning classification for Abbotts Park Cooperative
 
Modification of the Canary Creek recorded Plot Plan amending the existing trail location
 
Continuation of water taxi development with the Lewes Rehoboth Canal Improvement Association
 
Improvements to the entrance of the Little League area by means of partnerships using Transportation Enhancement Grant Funding.
 
Continued work with the Greater Lewes Foundation regarding the development of the Lewes Library and the State of Delaware Lewes- Georgetown Rails with Trails improvements
 
Continued work with the Lewes Fire Department and Beebe Healthcare to coordinate services to the community.
 
 
The City Council strives to provide the best public services available to our community. We continue to seek input, community contribution, and citizen engagement to interact with our constituents and to provide the Council with your thoughts and opinions that ultimately assist us in making our final decisions. We all look forward to the challenges coming in 2014. Feel free to contact us, and our regular meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month, at 7 pm, Lewes City Hall. For more information, visit www.ci.lewes.de.us
  
 
Mayor Jim Ford
City of Lewes
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