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

The Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred, Inc. 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.

Monday, March 11, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
Concord Pike and Halstead Road

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 issues 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 have been 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 Monday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church.

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CCOBH – Public Meeting-Feb. 1 – “The Brandywine School District Referendum” Follow-Up

We would like to thank the Brandywine School District Administration, Board Members, Staff and parents for participating at the CCOBH Public Meeting on Thursday, February 1st.

The School District has had many public meetings regarding this referendum and we were pleased that they allowed us the opportunity to hold our local meeting.

We appreciate them taking the time to inform our member communities in Brandywine Hundred on the importance of the upcoming Referendum.

We hope their presentation gave you some more insight into Referendum process and the importance this will have on our schools, neighborhoods and businesses and homes in our community.

We encourage you to participate by coming out to VOTE on February 13th. You can find a convenient location on the attached flyer.

For additional information we encourage you to visit the Brandywine School District website on the Referendum. Here you can find out additional information, including:

  • Voting information
  • Presentations (including the one from last evening)
  • Schedule of Town Hall presentations
  • A tax calculator that calculates the Referendum’s impact on property taxes
  • A form to request a presentation from BSD
  • Tax credit for seniors information
  • FAQs (including an FAQ document)
  • Information videos
  • News stories
  • Election Notices

If you were unable to attend the CCOBH Public Meeting on February 1st at the First Unitarian Church, we have included a link to the presentation below. This presentation includes the Questions asked of the Brandywine School District leadership. This presentation also includes a Q&A audio Voice recording link.

CCOBH-BSD Referendum Presentation
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CCOBH – Sponsors In-Person Public Meeting-Feb. 1 – “The Brandywine School District Referendum”

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New Castle County Community Association Portal

New Castle County has worked with the Recorder of Deeds Michael Kozikowski and State Ombudsman Chris Curtin to develop the Community Association Portal, a web page and application which is a free service enabling access to miscellaneous real estate documents and recorded plans. This free service is modeled after the paid subscription service that allows access to all recorded documents.

The Community Associations Portal centralizes all services and information for Maintenance Corporations, Condominium Associations/Cooperatives and Civic Associations. This is a multi-department effort working with the State Ombudsman Chris Curtin. One of the main focus points is to collect and record for free the important governing documents required of HOAs.

Thanks to Adrienne Thompson at New Castle County for sharing this information with us.

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CCOBH Presents An In-Person Public Meeting – All Brandywine Hundred Residents are invited to Attend

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ATTENTION ALL NEW CASTLE COUNTY HOMEOWNERS

UPDATE: REGARDING NEW CASTLE COUNTY PROPERTY REASSESSMENT - INFORMATION AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

Currently, CCOBH (Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred) is working with NCC to arrange a Public Meeting for the Brandywine Hundred Communities. When arrangements are completed, CCOBH will send out announcements to all member communities.

Delaware’s three counties have not conducted a property reassessment in decades. New Castle County has contracted with Tyler Technologies to conduct a reassessment project to update property assessments from the base year of 1983, providing an efficient technical process with current, accurate property values.  Tyler Technologies’ data collectors will start working in neighborhoods throughout the 4th District.  (The exact timing is not known yet, see the links below).

The purpose of conducting the reassessment is to remedy a Delaware Chancery Court ruling in 2020 that found property taxing systems in each of the state’s three counties to be unconstitutional and not in compliance with Delaware law.  NCC property reassessment is to address the inequities in Delaware’s property tax system and ensure that each property owner pays only their fair share of the tax burden; no more and no less. 

Property Owners should be on the lookout for the data collectors. They will be making their way through New Castle County, visiting every property, measuring improvements on the property and collecting data. These data collectors will complete an exterior inspection and ask property owners basic questions about the interior, such as what type of heating and cooling system is in the home. If a data collector stops by when you are not home, they will leave you a questionnaire. Once data collection is complete on your property, you will receive a mailer outlining the characteristics of your home.

To learn more about the New Castle County property reassessment process visit the following link:  https://empower.tylertech.com/New-Castle-County-Delaware  Key dates as well as pictures of the Data Collectors will be uploaded to this website. If you have any doubt about whether a data collector is in your area, please feel free to call your County Assessment Office at 302.395.5520.

UPDATE 9/10/23: Here is a map of the NCCDE Assessment Site visits to date.

Once the data has been collected, a data mailer will be mailed to the property owner with the information that was collected. NCC is asking homeowners to notify them immediately if there is an error or if something was missed in the assessment. The most accurate information will ensure the most accurate value for the property.

After all the data is collected and data mailers have been returned and reviewed, Tyler Technologies will begin analyzing the data. 

You can find more information at the following link which contains the frequently asked questions document compiled by Tyler Technologies.  Please check back for updates as the project progresses. https://empower.tylertech.com/rs/015-NUU-525/images/New-Castle-FAQ.pdf

NCC Documents:  
Contact Information:  
New Castle County Office of Assessment
Denzil Hardman
87 Reads Way
New Castle, DE 19720
302-395-5083 
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Artists! Enter the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary “Trash Free Waters Art Contest

Artists! Enter the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary "Trash Free Waters Art Contest"

Hey Artists! We’re looking for You. The Partnership for Delaware Estuary is seeking artists.

Enter the “TRASH FREE WATERS ART CONTEST”. Help raise awareness about keeping trash out of our waterways.

Find out more about this contest here.

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Christina River Watershed Cleanup – Call for Delaware Artists to Participate in Upcycled Art Competition

Calling All Artists!

In connection with the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, here is an announcement about an Art Contest that the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is sponsoring.

This is a call for Delaware Artists to participate in PDE’s Upcycled Art Competition. It includes a project description and a proposal submission link.

Proposals are due February 21st, 2023.

For more information, please contact:
Kristie Arlotta
Delaware Community Assistant Coordinator
(302) 655-4990 | DelawareEstuary.org

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WILMAPCO’S 2023 OUR TOWN EVENT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get around in New Castle County, Delaware or Cecil County, Maryland in the next twenty years?  How congested will it be? Will you be able to walk or bike safely and use public transportation? What types of transportation improvements should be the priority? These are the types of questions that are at the heart of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) 2023 Update, which is available for public review and comment through March 6, 2023.

You will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) 2023 Update during 2023 Our Town.  Our Town will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Naamans Creek Watershed Association Cleanup – Saturday April 22nd, 2023

Naamas Creek Watershed Assoc._logoThe date for the 2023 Cleanup is Saturday, April 22nd, “Earth Day”.

The Naamans Creek Watershed Association (NCWA) will be working with the Christina River Cleanup group again this year to sponsor the cleanup in the Naamans Creek Watershed – including cleaning out water retention and detention basins that feed into the creeks.

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To sign up for this year’s Cleanup, please complete the form on the Christina River Cleanup. The registration form can be found on the Sites Tab. Select the Naamans Site as your preferred Cleanup Site for which you would like to volunteer.

Naamans Creek Meeting Place: As usual the NCWA start-off spot will be the back corner of the eastern part of the F&N Shopping Village – the area closest to the Wells Fargo Bank at 8 AM. At that time cleanup assignments will be made for sites (particularly near water retention basins) along Naamans Road, Darley Road and Philadelphia Pike. Volunteers must sign in to be covered by insurance.

Directions: Take I-95 or Route 141 to Route 202 North. Follow 202 and turn onto Route 92 / Naamans Road. Cross Grubb Road and then Foulk Road. Turn right into shopping center.

Gloves, bags and pic-sticks will be provided. Our group’s usual trash haul ranges from one ton to three tons depending on how many heavy items like tires we gather.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 – location to be determined.

More information regarding sign-ups will be posted when we have additional details.

Sponsored by the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, the Claymont Fire Company, and NCWA.

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