Rep. Baumbach E-Newsletter - 9/23



Dear Neighbor,

Rep. John Kowalko and I will hold a joint town hall meeting tonight for Newark residents in order to gather public commentary and opinions regarding a proposed data center and power plant in town.

The meeting will take place Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Newark High School auditorium. West Chester-based The Data Centers LLC has proposed building a 900,000-square-foot structure to house computer servers and offices with an accompanying 248-megawatt generating power plant on the Star Campus site of the University of Delaware, formerly the Chrysler auto plant.

Both Rep. Kowalko and I want to provide a forum for Newark residents to express their thoughts. Speakers at the town hall will be limited to two minutes each. Comments will be shared with all stakeholders to better convey the opinions of the Newark community.

I hope to see you tonight. Please contact my office with any questions you have in the meantime (302) 577-8489.


Paul Baumbach

September 2013

Taste of Newark on Sunday

The 10th annual Taste of Newark food festival will be held from Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, on the lawn of the University of Delaware’s Old College, on East Main Street. This year’s Taste of Newark will feature more than 50 restaurants, 30 wineries, celebrity cooking demonstrations and an Iron Chef-style competition. Tickets are $45 each if purchased before the event and $60 at the door. I hope everyone will be able to come out to this wonderful event.

Multiple Community Meetings in October

Next Wednesday, October 2, I will be holding my monthly Community Coffee Talk at the Panera on Main Street from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Please stop by to discuss current issues in Newark and our state.

Next Thursday, October 3, Senator Dave Sokola and I will be holding a Town Hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Newark Day Nursery on Barksdale Road. Please consider joining us at this opportunity to ask questions, express opinions, and discuss matters affecting our community and state. Senator Sokola and I hope to hear from our constituents on the issues that are most important to you.

Governor Markell is in the midst of holding three town hall meetings focused on his administration’s efforts to stimulate Delaware’s economy. The second and third forums will be held October 3 and 10 at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes and at Delcastle High School near Newport, respectively. The meetings, which will both start at 7 p.m., will be moderated by journalists and the Governor will take questions from the public. Cabinet officials will also be on hand to answer questions.

Affordable Care Act Information

Delaware Health Insurance Exchanges, created under the Affordable Care Act, will open on October 1. Those seeking information can go to the Delaware Health Care Commission's website to access the necessary facts. The Commission can also be reached at (302) 739-2730.  Those with questions should also feel free to contact my office.

DART Paratransit Meetings

Over the past several years, the demand for DART buses and paratransit services in our state has continually increased. As such, the Delaware Transit Corporation has faced challenges due to the high demand. The DTC is working to improve and expand their paratransit services and will be holding information sessions on these programs. The sessions will provide an overview of our Title VI program and policies, as well as a presentation on the state of public transportation in Delaware. While the sessions are scheduled for three hours, the presentation will be repeated frequently during the course of each session, so you can come anytime within the scheduled times. There will also be opportunities for interaction with DTC staff to answer your questions and listen to your comments. The sessions are being held:

Tuesday, September 24

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Georgetown Public Library

123 W. Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dover Public Library

35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901

Wednesday, September 25

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Newark Free Library

750 Library Avenue, Newark, DE 19711

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wilmington DoubleTree Hotel

700 King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Thursday, September 26

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lewes Public Library

111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958

If you have other questions about attending the sessions, please call 1-800-652-DART (3278).