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Spotlight May 10, 2018
Thank you for your continued patience as we work to complete an unprecedented amount of construction for the ocean outfall project. Thanks for putting up with the noise, mess, and inconvenience that goes along with construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit had a condition of approval, which limits in-water work from April 1 through September 30 in any year. The actual permit deadline for completion of all work is December 31, 2020. The weather has been a considerable challenge during this project and affected offshore work. The contractor completed a majority of the in-water work prior to April 1, 2018. However, there were some in-water work days that occurred after April 1, 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has modified the permit to allow for in-water work to be performed after April 1, 2018. A permit modification has also been approved by the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control – Division of Water for the Subaqueous Lands Permit. The permit had a Time of Year Restriction (TOYR), allowing the contractor to work from October 15 through March 31, 2018. The permit modification amended the TOYR for in-water work to be performed between October 15 through May 23, 2018. This modification required additional conditions including a marine mammal observer to be present for all in-water work performed beyond the March 31 deadline. In addition to a marine mammal observer, the contractor performed turbidity and seawater temperature monitoring and reporting daily.
The focus of this project has always been the importance of the consent decree, first and foremost, to comply with the federal and state mandates of June 1, 2018, to have an operating ocean outfall. Although May 23, 2018, was anticipated as a project completion date, most paving and restoration work will extend beyond that date. The Commissioners approved a change order May 1, 2018, to authorize a modification to the paving on Henlopen Avenue at an additional cost of $310,000. Presently, Henlopen Avenue has very little supporting material under the existing pavement other than sand. The approved change order for the entire street entails a layer of 3 ½ inches of support fill material and then a layer of 2 inches of top paving. This is a very important change order for creating a much stronger foundation for Henlopen Avenue. This will allow for a way of arresting the deterioration and extending the street’s life. Paving and restoration have been underway on State Road. Once State Road is completed, the crew is anticipated to move to Henlopen Avenue the week of May 21 and expect completion the week of June 11. Following Henlopen Avenue, Canal Street work will begin. All work is weather dependent. Our focus is on finishing this project as safely and quickly as possible. Please visit the cityofrehoboth.com for project updates. On behalf of all of us at the City of Rehoboth Beach, thank you for understanding the importance and extent of this project. In ending, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe summer. I hope it is one that is enjoyable for all!
Spotlight December 13, 2017
MUNICIPAL COMPLEX UPDATE
City employees have moved into the brand-new Municipal Complex and are settled in. The new City Hall houses the Administration, Finance, Information Technology, Building & Licensing and Alderman's Court offices along with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. There is a reception area at the main entrance where staff greet citizens and assist with business. You will notice a high ceiling off the main lobby and office area. Doing away with dim corridors and confusing split departments, the new facility opts instead for a centralized atrium glowing with natural light and space for citizens and employees to conduct business. All of the lighting is LED, which will save energy dependent on usage. Other improvements incorporated in the new City Hall involve security. Among the security measures are special cards employees use to gain entrance into the building and panic buttons are installed in the event of an emergency. The Convention Center and east parking lot are scheduled to open in early 2018. If you have not had a chance to do so, please visit City Hall and the Police Department to see for yourself the new state-of-the-art facility constructed for the 21st century. A tour of City Hall and the Police Department can be arranged during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, by calling Steven Perry at 302-227-6181.
OCEAN OUTFALL UPDATE
The ocean outfall project is on schedule. With a window of mild weather, Manson Construction has completed dredging the trench on the ocean floor where the outfall pipe will be placed. Pipe fusing continues at a site near the Roosevelt Inlet. The horizontal directional drilling at Deauville Beach will continue through mid-January. Residents may hear generators and drilling equipment in the form of a steady hum during this time. The force main pipe installation is continuing from the Wastewater Treatment Plant heading north to State Road. The contractor for the force main has also started work at Deauville Beach. The work will proceed from the parking lot to Surf Avenue and is expected to reach Henlopen Avenue by the end of the year. The work will proceed on Henlopen Avenue in the westerly direction towards Grove Park through February 2018. For questions, please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or [email protected].
HENLOPEN WATER MAIN PROJECT
The city is replacing 3,800 feet of the aging water main on Henlopen Avenue from Second Street to Grove Street. The previous 4-inch pipes made from old ductile iron, originally installed in the 1940s, is being replaced with 8-inch PVC pipes. PVC does not rust or corrode and is more cost-effective than other alternatives. The Water Department is currently working at the intersection of Henlopen Avenue and Easton Street. This section of work is anticipated to take several weeks. While the roadway is opened in sections to add the new water main, local driveway access and on-street parking will be restricted. City crews will contact the affected residents to coordinate and minimize any inconvenience. Trash pickup will continue as scheduled and residents should continue to put out their trash and recycling containers as usual. We realize construction can be difficult for residents, and we thank you for your patience while we make these much-needed upgrades to Henlopen Avenue. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or [email protected].
The City of Rehoboth Beach utilizes the CodeRED Emergency Notification System - an ultra-high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. All residents and businesses should register with the city's CodeRED system. The city will only send out a message on CodeRED in an emergency situation or with updates after an emergency.
This system allows us to send critical communications to all or targeted areas within the city in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action. This system is capable of dialing the entire city within minutes. It delivers a recorded message describing the situation and any instructions for immediate or future action. The message will play when answered by a live person or an answering machine and makes three attempts to connect to each number. If you opt-in for text message and/or email alerts those will also be sent. CodeRED is used for emergency communications only. Your contact information is private, exempt from public records laws, and cannot be shared, requested or sold. To register, please visit cityofrehoboth.com/residents/codered-emergency-notifications.
As 2017 draws to a close, I look back at the challenges we've successfully faced over the past year and am optimistic that we will continue to move forward in 2018. Communication is a two-way street and city staff relies heavily on engaged citizens. I hope you continue to find ways to become active in your community - whether by participating in a toy drive, volunteering, or sharing your thoughts at our public meetings - so we can work together in shaping the future we all want. My very best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy holiday season.
Spotlight August 30, 2017
MUNICIPAL COMPLEX UPDATE
Employees at the City of Rehoboth Beach have begun preparing for the move into the new Municipal Complex. To accommodate the time needed to accomplish the various tasks associated with moving each department, starting Monday, September 18, 2017, through Friday, September 22, 2017, City Hall offices (Administration, Finance, Information Technology, Building & Licensing and Alderman's Court) will be closed to the public. To leave a message during the move, or to request information, please call 302-227-6181. Messages will be returned as soon as possible by available staff who will be working inside the building.
Included in this move is the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, also relocating into their new state-of-the-art facility. To contact the Police Department during the move, please call the non-emergency number at 302-227-2577, or dial 911 for an emergency. The new Municipal Complex will officially open to the public on Monday, September 25, 2017, for normal business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City bills and other correspondence may still be mailed during the transition to the City of Rehoboth Beach, 229 Rehoboth Avenue or P.O. Box 1163, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971.
Here's where you can find departments in the new Municipal Complex:
First Floor: Administration, Finance, Rehoboth Beach Police Department
Second Floor: Building & Licensing, Information Technology, Alderman Court and the Commissioners Meeting Room
Please save the date for the City Hall Open House planned for Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to the open house to tour the new building. Please stop by to talk with the Mayor, Commissioners and city staff, tour City Hall and learn more about city operations. We are excited for the community to come together at this special event and see the new City Hall and Police Department for themselves. Please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-2772 or [email protected] with any questions.
OCEAN OUTFALL UPDATE
On August 14, 2017, the Rehoboth Beach Commissioners unanimously approved awarding four bid packages to various contractors to begin construction on the ocean outfall project. The project consists of a new pump station and 24-inch force main, which are required to convey the treated effluent to the ocean outfall and to provide the equipment required to pump the effluent through diffusers located 6,000 feet offshore in water approximately 40 feet deep. The bids totaled $37,381,407. The ocean outfall bid was awarded to Manson Construction of Seattle, Washington, for $27,655,850. Allan Myers Construction of Worcester, Pennsylvania, was awarded the effluent pumping station bid for $1,768,555, and the wastewater treatment plant upgrades for $2,256,555. A-Del Construction of Newark, Delaware, won the force main bid for $5,700,447. Contractors were pre-qualified by GHD, the engineering company for the project. Steps taken to pre-qualify were assessing each contractor's project completion record, reviewing their performance on similar projects, safety record, insurance coverage and other factors. Mobilization of equipment is tentatively scheduled for October 1, 2017, and work is to be completed by April 30, 2018.
Please join us for an Ocean Outfall Town Hall where engineers and contractors will present the construction implementation to the public. After the presentation, staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. The town hall is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, 219 Rehoboth Avenue. For more information on the project, please visit cityofrehoboth.com. For town hall questions, please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-2772 or [email protected]
REHOBOTH BEACH HISTORY TO BE "LIT UP" BY "ILLUMINATION NIGHT" EVENT SEPTEMBER 9
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society will bring a 18th Century style Colonial Williamsburg tradition to Rehoboth Beach when it sponsors a "Grand Illumination" of historic homes and buildings throughout the city to illustrate the evolving architectural heritage of our beach community.
A Grand Illumination is an outdoor ceremony involving the simultaneous activation of lights throughout a community, such as the lighting of Christmas lights. The modern concept is based loosely on the colonial and English tradition of placing lighted candles in the windows of homes and public buildings to celebrate a special event.
The Rehoboth Beach "Illumination Night 2017" event will focus on lighting-up the many historic structures in the city from 7 to 9 p.m. Rehoboth Beach Museum Director Nancy Alexander said, "We are inviting residents, businesses, and everyone who owns Rehoboth Beach homes or commercial buildings built before 1950 and not substantially altered, to join us September 9 by illuminating their business or home with anything ranging from simple paper bag luminaries to fancy lanterns and parasols." Residents and visitors are encouraged to walk or drive throughout the city to view the homes and businesses that will be illuminated to illustrate the history of our city.
For anyone interested in planning and/or participating in the Grand Illumination event, please contact Nancy at 302-227-7310 or [email protected] This will be an exciting evening and can be the beginning of a new, annual tradition for our historic beach city, just as is done in Colonial Williamsburg. Let's celebrate the history of our town together.
The City of Rehoboth Beach and many partners work diligently to ensure that growth is planned and undertaken in a manner that continues to enhance and highlight the advantages of our wonderful community. Best wishes to you and your family for an enjoyable and safe Labor Day weekend.
Spotlight July 22, 2017
CITY HALL COMPLEX UPDATE
Masonry work on the exterior of City Hall is complete. A majority of the exterior doors have been installed. Drywall, ceramic tile, and paint will be completed in the next weeks on all floors. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors are working on the final touches of the building. Data cabling and security tasks are being worked on heavily now. Work has begun on the new sidewalk, steps and wheel chair ramp at the front entrance.
Public parking is available in the east lot for access to City Hall, Alderman's Court and the Rehoboth Beach Police Department construction trailers. Employees are on schedule to move into City Hall offices shortly after Labor Day. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2017 is the new parking lot on the east side and a pedestrian walk-thru from Second Street. Please save the date for the City Hall Open House scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. As we get closer to this special event, more information will become available. The Convention Center is anticipated to reopen in early 2018. You can follow the construction live by visiting cityofrehoboth.com/webcam.
OCEAN OUTFALL UPDATE
Bids were received for the Ocean Outfall on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Manson Construction Co. of Seattle, Washington, was the apparent low bidder at $27,655,850. Other bids received were from Weeks Marine Inc. of Cranford, New Jersey, at $32,989,450, and American Bridge of Tampa, Florida, at $43,468,521.
Bids were received for the Ocean Outfall Effluent Pumping Station, Force Main and WWTP CIP Upgrade Phase 1 on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The apparent low bidder for the Effluent Pumping Station at $1,768,555 was Allan Myers, headquartered in Worcester, Pennsylvania, with a construction office in Dover. A-Del Construction of Newark, Delaware, was the apparent low bidder for the Force Main at $5,700,447. Allan Myers submitted the apparent low bid at $2,256,555 for the WWTP CIP Upgrade Phase 1 project. Mobilization of equipment is scheduled to begin in October 2017 with an anticipated construction completion in April 2018.
At the Commissioner Workshop Meeting on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Commissioners will be discussing with the city's engineers, GHD, and Sussex County representatives matters related to the finances of the project, construction of the city's wastewater outfall, the various capital improvement projects at the wastewater treatment plant, the contractual arrangement between the city and county, and any other related issues. For meeting information, please visit cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net/portal.
RECREATION DEPARTMENT SUMMER ACTIVITIES
It's an exciting time for Rehoboth Beach, we're working hard to engage the public to build a city that is attractive, robust and sustainable.
Spotlight May 31, 2017
CITY HALL COMPLEX UPDATE
The City Hall masonry work is finishing up as the contractors are now focusing on the outside of the caucus room at the northeast corner of the building. Windows have been installed throughout the building along with ceiling grid and bathroom tile. Painting contractors are applying first coats of each color in offices and meeting rooms. The parking lot on the west side for employees, the Parking Department and all police vehicles, is now being used. This is a restricted area and no longer a public lot. Public parking is available in the east lot for access to City Hall, Alderman's Court and the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. Employees are expected to move into City Hall offices shortly after Labor Day. Completion of the City Hall Complex, including the new parking lot on the east side and a pedestrian walk-thru from Second Street, is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017. The Convention Center is anticipated to reopen in early 2018. You can follow the construction live by visiting cityofrehoboth.com/webcam and viewing the City Hall Construction Streaming Webcam.
OCEAN OUTFALL UPDATE
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin signed an order on May 25, 2017, enabling the City of Rehoboth Beach to move forward with construction of an outfall that will discharge the city's treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean, eliminating the largest remaining point source discharge into Delaware's Inland Bays. Before issuing the permits, DNREC evaluated the wastewater project put forward by the city to ensure that the remedy chosen by the city - the ocean outfall - met all legal, scientific and technical standards for bringing the city into compliance with its wastewater discharge. The Department is issuing permits for the outfall based on the DNREC Secretary's determination that the City of Rehoboth Beach satisfied all regulatory requirements with its applications.
The approved pipeline alignment begins at the existing Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant, follows the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal north to Grove Park. The pipeline will then turn northeast to Henlopen Avenue and continue along Henlopen Avenue to the Deauville Beach parking area and terminate in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 6,000 feet from the parking area. The 24-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline will be installed via horizontal direction drill approximately 3,000 feet and marine open-cut trench approximately 3,000 feet. Once the pipe is anchored in place with concrete collars, the open-cut trench will be backfilled. The terminus of the outfall pipe will consist of a 120 linear foot diffuser comprised of eight risers, 1.5 feet above the ocean floor, with four discharge ports per riser. The diffuser will be installed on pilings to ensure stability. The city is advertising bid documents in the next week. Mobilization of equipment will begin in October 2017 with an anticipated construction completion of April 2018.
SEASONAL ORDINANCES BACK IN EFFECT
As the summer months approach, many ordinances in the City of Rehoboth Beach go back into effect. As of May 1, dogs are not permitted to be on the beach or boardwalk at any time until September 30. Bikes are allowed on the boardwalk during the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. from May 15 through September 15. Effective May 15, 2017, only umbrellas with a circular shade no greater than 8' in diameter and a central pole no greater than 7'6" in height are permitted. Baby tents up to 36" high x 36" wide x 36" deep, used to shade infants and small children, are permitted. All other tents, canopies, etc., are prohibited. Fire pits, open flames and cookery devices of any kind are prohibited on the beach. As a reminder, smoking on the boardwalk and beach are prohibited, and the noise ordinance continues to be in effect. To view city ordinances, please visit City Code.
Spotlight December 22, 2016
City Hall Construction Update
In 2015 the City applied for and received an $18 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, through its Community Facilities Program, to fund the City Hall Municipal Complex project at a maximum interest rate of 3.5%. USDA funding comes after the completion of the project. In order to pay costs associated with the project, the City obtained interim financing from PNC Bank. The City originally expected to close on the USDA loan in the fall of 2017. At their regular meeting on December 16, 2016, with the opportunity for obtaining a lower interest rate, the Rehoboth Beach Commissioners adopted all resolutions necessary to permit the closing on the USDA $18 million loan before the end of December 2016. On December 20, 2016, the City authorized the issuance of its General Obligation Bond in the maximum principal amount of up to $18 million at a fixed interest rate of 2.375% for a 25 year loan period. This equates to an approximate savings of $123,000.00/year and $3 million of savings for the length of the loan. Obviously this is very good news to report as the City remains committed to its longtime philosophy of being fiscally conservative with taxpayer money.
Construction on new City Hall is humming along. The project currently has a majority of the basement, first and second floor partitions in place. The targeted completion date for the roof rafters, trusses and bracing is by the end of January making way for the roofing to begin in early February, weather permitting. The contractors are continuously roughing-in and installing electrical and plumbing services. Progress continues daily by the site-work contractor at the west side of the project to install and complete the underground storm piping. You can follow the construction live by visiting cityofrehoboth.com/webcam and viewing the City Hall Construction Streaming Webcam.
Spotlight November 29, 2016
Beachfill Nourishment Project
The Beachfill Nourishment Project is underway. The pumping of sand started the evening of November 24 and will operate 24/7 until completion January 18, 2017. The scope of the project is to replenish sand on Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach caused by storm damage, construct automotive and pedestrian dune crossings, install sand fence, plant dune grass and install two storm water outfall extensions, one at Virginia Avenue and one at Maryland Avenue. During the past eight years wave action has caused damage to the outfalls and the city has been relying on temporary fixes. The new outfalls will have a more robust design to withstand storm damage with steel pipe added for strength and an enhanced support structure around the pipe. Although coastal storms, one in October 2015, and another in January 2016, did significant damage to Delaware beaches, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach were in line for routine, three-year maintenance work.
The project sponsor is the State of Delaware and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the design and construction agent and the contractor is Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. The total cost of the project is $11.2 million. The corps will pay 65 percent of that cost and DNREC will pay the remaining 35 percent. The city budgeted sufficient funds and will pay $946,500 for the outfall repairs.
The base contract called for 424,000 cubic yards of sand to be pumped. Additional options accepted will increase this base amount to 653,000 cubic yards pumped with 384,000 for Rehoboth Beach and 269,000 for Dewey Beach. For the two outfall extensions the time slated for completion is June 15, 2017. The staging area for this work is on Deauville Beach and pipe has already landed at Baltimore Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. The corps will use a new borrow site located off the Delaware Seashore State Park where grain size of the sand matches the beaches of Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. This choice is not only for aesthetics, but for stability, as matching grains are less prone to erosion.
Dredges are the source where giant vacuums pull up sand and water. The intake travels through grating that filters out debris. The sand and water travel through an underwater pipeline to the beach. The material gushes out the end of the pipeline into a "basket" that serves as a second filter (with a finer screen) to eliminate any sort of debris. Any debris is hauled to dumpsters on the beach. Conventional earth-moving equipment then moves the sand to the optimal shape and slope of the beach.
Spotlight October 22, 2016
City Hall Construction Update
Work is well underway at the new City Hall construction site. The basement contractors are finishing up with masonry, rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, security system and fire protection. The contractors on the first, second and third floors are currently working on installing masonry, rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, security system and fire protection. The construction of the common walls between the Convention Center and City Hall has begun. The City Hall building's exterior envelop system has started and the contractor is working towards a watertight structure. The Convention Center veneer work is ongoing and should be finished by mid-November.
Progress is continuing daily by the site-work contractor who next week will start connecting to the existing storm water structure. This work will necessitate the closing of the temporary municipal entrance at Lake Avenue and Third Street on Tuesday, October 25, beginning at noon, and last through Wednesday, October 26. City Hall, Rehoboth Beach Police Department and Alderman Court will be accessible through the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company property at 219 Rehoboth Avenue during this time period. Signage will be posted. Access to the city offices via Lake Avenue and Third Street will resume Thursday, October 27.
In the coming months the building will really start to take shape. You can follow the construction live by visiting cityofrehoboth.com and viewing the City Hall Construction Streaming Webcam.
Mayor Sam Cooper and Commissioner Stan Mills visiting the new City Hall construction site.
Rehoboth Beach Police Department Chief Keith Banks in his future office.
Spotlight Septmber 21, 2016
Lake Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project to Begin September 26, 2016
Construction for the long awaited Lake Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 26, 2016, and will be completed by May 2017. This schedule may vary depending on things like the weather and delivery of materials and equipment. This is a Sponsored-Administered Project through DelDOT where the City of Rehoboth Beach was granted $800,000, or 80% of the amount contracted at $973,392. The City budgeted the remaining 20% of funds. Project construction will accommodate vehicular traffic with local access only for residents and adjacent businesses.
At all times during construction on-street parking is prohibited. Phase 1A of construction will begin on the north side of Lake Avenue at Third Street and continue west to the front entrance of Stingray Restaurant. It will then cross Lake Avenue, to continue on the south side of the street, and 20’ east of City Hall Drive, to the crosswalk at Rehoboth Avenue. Phase 1B, scheduled to start February 2017, will begin on the north side of Lake Avenue at the crosswalk at Rehoboth Avenue and continue to the front entrance of Stingray Restaurant then crossing to the south side of the street from City Hall Drive to Third Street. The contractor will maintain one lane open in the easterly direction of Rehoboth Avenue during construction for local traffic and detours will be in place. Construction work will occur Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and construction signage will be posted. Maryland Avenue, between Second and Third Streets, will be restriped to accommodate for two-way traffic during construction. The construction staging area will be located on the west side of the triangle on Olive Avenue between Second and Third Streets. Although certain inconveniences are to be expected for the abutting residents and businesses, contractors will attempt to minimize these issues.
The contractor for this streetscape project is Sam’s Construction located in Wilmington, Delaware. There will be a project manager on site at all times during construction representing both Sam’s Construction and Kercher Engineering, the City’s consultant. For any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Rehoboth Beach Communications Department at 302-227-2772 or email [email protected]
Spotlight September 4, 2016
Tropical Storm Hermine No Longer a Threat
Tropical Storm Hermine is moving east and is north of Delaware.
The storm is no longer a threat to our area although swimming is still prohibited due to strong rip currents.
People are permitted on the beach.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
Spotlight September 3, 2016
Tropical Storm Hermine
Update: 6:00 PM
Hermine is moving east from VA and is expected to stall east of the DelMarva coast on Sunday.
Expect rain and high winds through Monday.
Check your local weather forecast and the city website frequently.
Sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts by clicking the CodeRED button on the home page of cityofrehoboth.com website.
Spotlight September 3, 2016
Tropical Storm Hermine Update
The City of Rehoboth Beach is feeling the affects of Tropical Storm Hermine. Rain and windy conditions will prevail throughout the Labor Day weekend and into early next week. Currently there are RED FLAG conditions at the beach with swimming prohibited. The beach is closed to all foot traffic. Due to expected prolonged rain and wind conditions the public should be mindful to prepare for possible flooding with periodic road and street closures.
We will continue to post regular updates with follow-up messaging and up-to-date information. Please continue to listen to national and local forecasting that is broadcast throughout the day.
Click on the following link to find the latest National Weather Briefing. http://weather.gov/phi
Spotlight July 22, 2016
City Hall Construction Update
Work is progressing at the site with the installation of perimeter drains at the basement, which will enable the completion of the waterproofing process for the building. The first shipment of steel was delivered today from the manufacturer located in New Castle, Delaware, with additional steel delivery to follow early next week. The steel is being stored off-site at a city location. Once the concrete pad is poured in the basement contractors will begin to set steel in place, tentatively scheduled for mid-August. Of course this means that the shape of the building will soon be evident in due time! You can follow the construction live by visiting cityofrehoboth.com and viewing the City Hall Construction Webcam.
Lake Avenue Streetscape Update
This highly anticipated project is scheduled to be underway in the fall of 2016 and is anticipated to continue for at least six months. Kercher Engineering has been working with the City and DelDOT to redesign Lake Avenue from Rehoboth Avenue to Third Street as part of a federally funded project. The main focus of this project is to provide safe, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant sidewalks along Lake Avenue and crosswalks at the intersection with Third Street. The proposed project includes a minor realignment of the street, elimination of parking on one side, installation of 5-foot wide pervious sidewalks for the full length of the street on both sides and will improve street lighting. Additionally, there will be some relocation of utility poles and upgrading of the existing drainage system on Lake Avenue. The city’s share of $200,000, or 20%, has been budgeted in order to move forward with this project.
Kercher Engineering has prepared the bid documents and they have been approved by DelDOT. The project bid advertising began June 19, 2016, to be followed by pre-construction meetings that will take place with all interested contractors. A pre-bid meeting is planned for Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., in the Commissioner's Room located on the second floor of the Rehoboth Beach Fire Station. This is not a mandatory meeting. The bid opening will take place on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., in the City Hall Conference Room. In September 2016, a contract will be awarded to the most responsive and responsible bidder with construction slated to begin shortly thereafter.
Spotlight July 6, 2016
The City of Rehoboth Beach Launches CivicWeb Portal
The City of Rehoboth Beach, in partnership with iCompass Technologies, a local government technology leader, is excited to announce the release of its new CivicWeb Portal. The portal will increase transparency and ensure the important decisions made by the City are more easily accessible for the public. This automated web portal is linked to the City’s website ensuring everyone in the community has access to timely updates from meetings 24/7. The CivicWeb Portal is the community’s new home for meeting agendas, minutes, audio, ordinances and resolutions. It also contains a powerful search engine allowing residents to search through the City’s archives for information. As time passes, more and more information will be made available through the portal.
The new CivicWeb Portal continues the City’s push to improve its online presence working seamlessly with its website. It’s ideal for residents who want to be engaged with City activity, but cannot attend meetings because of their busy schedule. In line with the new portal, we will be phasing out some of our previous notification/posting methods and implementing the new features provided by CivicWeb. We invite you to visit the new portal. To access the CivicWeb Portal please visit www.cityofrehoboth.com and look for this icon which will link to the portal:
If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-2772 or by email at [email protected]
Spotlight May 27, 2016
June 1st marks the kick-off date of the city’s pilot program for valet trash pick-up. City refuse crews will be picking up trash containers from a pre-determined location on each of 50 properties where owners have signed up for the paid service. The city received over 100 applications from interested property owners, however, the initial selection of 50 is the limit decided upon for the pilot program that will continue through May 31, 2017. A comprehensive analysis of the program will be made throughout the one-year trial period and provided to the Commissioners for discussion at public meetings.
The new restrictions contained in the refuse ordinance that goes into effect June 1st include:
- Rigid or metal containers placed curbside no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the day prior to regular collection.
- Containers must be removed from city property (curb location) by 9:00 p.m. on collection day.
- Disposable trash bags may be set out curbside on collection day no earlier than 5:00 a.m.
Options for part-time residents, renters or those who cannot meet the new requirements include:
- Work with neighbors or property managers to coordinate refuse placement times and receptacle removal times.
- Take refuse back to a primary home for disposal.
There is a civil penalty with a fine of $25 for violations of this ordinance. However, it is more important for compliance and to keep our city streets clean and safe. An educational approach with friendly reminders will be emphasized. Please be respectful of your neighbors and visitors to our beautiful city.
Spotlight May 20, 2016
Rehoboth Beach, DE – City Manager Sharon Lynn has announced the selection of Krys Johnson as the new Communications Specialist for the City of Rehoboth Beach. For the last two and one half years, Johnson has been the Executive Director of Rehoboth Beach Main Street where she oversees the organization’s large-scale community events and marketing efforts. She has a broad range of experience in communications that includes media relations, strategic partnership development, and effective design and marketing practices.
As the city’s Communications Specialist, Johnson will work with all city departments to provide information to the public and collaborate, develop and manage a strategic communications plan. This newly formed position will focus on cohesive messaging and increased citizen participation and feedback strategies.
“At a time when the city is looking to enhance communications and community outreach, Krys is absolutely the right person to lead our Communications Department,” City Manager Lynn said. “Her strong background working for Rehoboth Beach Main Street, coupled with her expertise in media relations and policy development, will help strengthen public outreach and provide outstanding communication on critical projects like the new city hall complex and ocean outfall.”
“I’m excited to bring a fresh perspective to communications at the City of Rehoboth Beach,” Johnson said. “I believe I bring a wealth of experience to this outstanding community through my years of experience in relationship-building and media communications. I am looking forward to the opportunity to update and broaden the city’s communications to be more inclusive and compatible with today’s ever changing technology and global influences,” says Johnson.
“I am confident that Krys’ energy and can-do attitude, together with her knowledge of city operations, will serve the city well,” states City Manager Sharon Lynn. Johnson moves into her new role with the city May 23rd.
Spotlight April 28, 2016
DelDOT work on Rehoboth Avenue delayed until 2017
DelDOT engineers have informed the City that the sidewalk work on Rehoboth Avenue, scheduled to begin next week, has been delayed until March and April 2017. DelDOT has partnered with the City so that there will not be any work on Rehoboth Avenue to impede traffic flow with the upcoming busy season.
Spotlight April 5, 2016
Municipal Complex Construction Shoring Operation (Pardon the Noise)
You may have noticed that a very large crane and a smaller crane were delivered on Monday and are on site at the construction zone of city hall. The smaller crane “assists” the larger crawling crane used to “hammer” in the steel shoring. A total of 33 steel piles, averaging 30 feet in length, will be driven into the earth to support the basement excavation of the structure. This work is very noisy and is anticipated to last approximately 10 working days, weather permitting, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For those of you who are in the City to see this it’s quite the operation. And you are probably able to hear it as well! All others are able to view the work on the webcam which is accessible on the homepage of the city’s website, www.cityofrehoboth.com.
Spotlight April 1, 2016
City Hall Construction
The fact that Lake Gerar is experiencing some sediment issues is likely related to the City Hall project where dewatering is taking place to provide for well installation at the site. Though silt bags placed around the storm drains are effective, they still allow the fine particulates of sediment to flow through with the water.
The well installation for the dewatering process was completed today. It will now be much easier to control sediment in the surrounding areas.
The contractors are working within the approved Sussex County Conservation permit regulations as well as within the DNREC dewatering permit. In fact, contractors have taken additional measures over and above the required silt fencing by installing fiber eels and stone sediment traps to slow silted water infiltration. The heavy rains today added to the run-off issues. When the rain stopped, contractors actually took measures to re-furbish the stone sediment traps by placing fresh, clean stone.
The sediment will settle out of the lake water once the flow has stopped. This is continually being monitored and the contractors are following through with extra measures in place to stop as much flow as possible through the established erosion and sediment control measures.
Spotlight March 21, 2016
Detour - City Hall, Police Department and Alderman Court 37
Beginning Tuesday, March 22nd at 8:00 a.m. the Rehoboth Avenue entrance to city hall offices including the police department and the alderman court will be closed for an undetermined amount of time due to construction activity for the new municipal complex. Access to the temporary offices will be from Lake Avenue and Third Street. Signage will be placed in key areas alerting motorists and pedestrians.
Please visit the city’s website, www.cityofrehoboth.com, to view the City Hall construction camera.
Spotlight March 16, 2016
OCEAN OUTFALL WORK UNDERWAY
The City’s contracted engineers for the ocean outfall, GHD, continue to perform survey work related to permitting that is required by the State of Delaware and the Federal Government and for the development of construction documents. This work began in the fall of 2015 and will continue through most of 2016. Most of the surveys to date have been along the designated route of the force main running from the wastewater treatment plant, Henlopen Avenue and Deauville Beach.
GHD engineers have subcontracted with a highly specialized firm that is currently working out in the ocean in the area of the proposed outfall. They are in a boat conducting marine surveys and taking core samples from the ocean bottom at depths of approximately 15 feet. Again, the information expected to be collected from these investigations is needed for permit development as well as development of construction documents.
The contractor has been waiting for an appropriate weather window to perform this work, which will likely continue through the end of this week.
If you have any questions please call the City Manager’s office at 302-227-4641.
Spotlight March 4, 2016
Utility and Street Improvements Underway
In 2015 the city’s water department began systematically improving old infrastructure in varying locations throughout the City of Rehoboth Beach. The existing cast iron 4” water mains were first installed back in the 1940’s. Standard installation now is with an 8” PVC pipe, which provides increased water flow, improved reliability and increased fire protection capability. Although areas of the city already have upgraded water mains through repair and maintenance, we now have an all-out mission to methodically progress with this important work each year.
In preparation for the utility improvements, in 2014 the city contracted with Kercher Engineering, Inc., to provide a citywide pavement management plan to collect data of pavement conditions on the 19 miles of streets owned and maintained by the city. The information collected was then analyzed through a highly selective software program to determine the type and cost of repair needed for each pavement segment. The report generated determined four different levels of funding associated with pavement conditions projecting out for a period of 10 years. These projections are then used for budgeting purposes on an annual basis and presented as a capital expense. The current budget year included $250,000 for upgrades. The streets selected for reconstruction are then compared to the condition of the infrastructure below street grade, including the water mains. In other words, according to the pavement management plan identifying which street requires attention first, what maintenance is needed to the underlying infrastructure in order for these services to be repaired as well.
Last year water service was upgraded at the ocean blocks of Stockley Street and New Castle Street. Paving will occur this spring. In addition, during the fall of 2015, other water service repairs were made at First Street and Park Avenue. Street repaving and repairs were completed on Oak Street, between 1st Street and 2nd Street as well as on Hickman Street from State Road to Laurel Street.
Included in the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget are the following streets that will be scheduled for water main upgrades and street paving depending on funding availability:
Norfolk Street between Scarborough Avenue and Bayard Avenue
Sussex Street between 5th Street and Columbia Avenue
Hickman Street between Scarborough Avenue and Bayard Avenue
Kent Street between Columbia Avenue and 5th Street
Kent Street between 5th Street and Dover Street
Kent Street between Dover Street and 4th Street
Stockley Street between Scarborough Avenue and Bayard Avenue
Spotlight February 24, 2016
A snowy President’s Day started the week off to a slow start with a snow event that turned to rain preventing construction crews from working. Although it was a pretty scene from the webcam, any delay of work, especially at the parking department building, is not a happy day for me!
Fortunately the remainder of the week was productive. I’m happy to report that the parking department building is almost completely under roof-it’s all hands on deck next week for plumbers and electricians expected to be on scene. Delmarva Veteran Builders and their sub-contractors are doing their best to meet my deadline of April 30. Just enough time to move the parking staff back into the building and settle-in for the Memorial Day rush. This is a photo taken today showing much progress.
City Hall Demolition
Demolition is almost complete at the city hall site as can be seen from this photo. Earlier this week we met with the project manager and superintendent from Whiting-Turner Contracting Company who plan to begin construction of city hall and the police department on March 8.
Boardwalk Damage Update
Most of you are aware that the north end of the boardwalk at the Henlopen Condos was damaged from the turbulent surf conditions during the winter storm on January 23. The dune protecting the entire length of the boardwalk prevented storm damage to all but the northernmost section from Surf Avenue to Grenoble Place causing the supports underneath to crack and raising the boardwalk approximately 12 inches. The city’s engineer has estimated repairs at $200,000 to $400,000 depending on labor costs. FEMA representatives visited Rehoboth Beach this past Tuesday and they have been assessing damage at all coastal communities in southern Delaware. At the current time we’re waiting for a determination from FEMA and hoping for support to repair the boardwalk.
In the meantime, this week our capable city employees from the streets and water departments were able to use equipment to lift the boardwalk and jockey it around a bit before placing it back onto the support girders making it flush with the undamaged boardwalk. It’s anticipated that this temporary measure will hold up until permanent repairs can be made. Here’s a photo of the guys out on the job during a blustery, cold Wednesday afternoon!
Let’s hope for no additional storms and spring weather soon!