DSWA Recycling Plant Tour

Have you ever seen a single stream recycling plant in operation?  Delaware Solid Waste Authority has kindly offered to host members of local civic associations on a tour of its facility at 1101 Lambson Lane on Tuesday, March 12 and/or Wednesday, March 13 at 1 PM. For more information about DSWA please check out their webite at DSWA.com.

If you are interested in attending the tour please contact Marianne Cinaglia at mcinaglia@aol.com ASAP so CCOBH can reserve a spot for you. Please state whether you have a preferred date.

If you are interested in attending the tour please contact Marianne Cinaglia at mcinaglia@aol.com ASAP so CCOBH can reserve a spot for you. Please state whether you have a preferred date.



							
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Tree Planting Grants

The Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program is offering grants up to $5000 for tree planting projects on public land or to help communities complete a professional tree inventory.

This program can also be used to supplement the replacing of trees along community roadways, which is common practice for some of our communities.

For more information, and to get an online application, please follow this link.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

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CCOBH Seminar – “Ask the Lawyer: Your Questions about Your Civic or Homeowner Associations Answered”

CCOBH is pleased, once again, to present, “Ask the Lawyer:  Your Questions about Your Civic or Homeowner Associations Answered,” a returning entry in its series of seminars for assistance to current board members of Civic Associations and Homeowner Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. CLAYMONT LIBRARY

This seminar is intended to provide Civic and Homeowner Association Board members with answers to their most pressing legal issues involving their community association on which they serve as a member of the Board of Directors. This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover topics of concern for the community, and can include:  Corporate formation and compliance issues; intra-board dispute resolution, legal issue involving collection of annual dues and fees, legal enforceability of restrictive covenants and deed restrictions or any other issue of importance which Board members would like guidance about but were reluctant to retain a lawyer.

A former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic and Homeowner Associations, Bob focuses his practice on representation of communities such as yours up and down the state. 

IMPORTANT:  The issues which are likely to be covered will focus on what the Board can and cannot do, so please come with a copy of your certificate of incorporation, your bylaws, your community’s deed restrictions and, if applicable, any Declaration that binds your community. Because of CCOBH’s focus on representing civic and homeowner associations, this seminar will not address individual homeowner issues, including disputes that are just between homeowners or homeowner disputes with their homeowner or civic association.

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 Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the Claymont Library.

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Neighbors of the Edgemoor Port – Survey

The following is shared from the Neighbors of Edgemoor Port:

Dear Brandywine Hundred neighbors:

Construction will begin at the site of the old DuPont Edgemoor Plant, for a new second port, within the next two years.  Large box containers will be transported by rail and truck into and out of the DuPont Edgemoor Plant site.  There will be significant truck transport, with primary method of transport by rail.  Port operations (large cranes, lights, etc.) will be conducted around the clock, seven days a week.  Neighbors of the Edgemoor Port was formed to partner with the port authorities to determine ways to enhance our community, and help mitigate any negative community impacts.  We need your input now!!  Please like our facebook page, Neighbors of the Edgemoor Port, and take our brief survey below.  Your feedback is very important.

Click on the below link to take our brief survey:
https://edgemoorportneighbors300017653.wordpress.com/survey/

DelawareOnline.com 4/18/18 State endorses Wilmington port privatization –The Delaware General Assembly has given its final endorsement of a proposal to allow Emirati port operator Gulftainer to privatize the Port of Wilmington and develop a new container port at Edgemoor. https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/24/general-assembly-endorses-port-privatization-plan/548149002/

DelawareOnline.com 3/29/18 $580 million Wilmington port takeover could add over 5,000 jobs International port operator Gulftainer wants to invest $574 million to retool the existing Port of Wilmington and build a new container terminal on the Delaware River at Edgemoor, Peter Richards, CEO of the company, said in an interview. https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2018/03/29/port-operator-pitches-580-million-investment-delaware/470570002/

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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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