Rep. Paul Baumbach Newsletter: July 19, 2013

Traffic Alert

Cleveland Avenue and North College Avenue

The Department of Transportation will be upgrading transportation infrastructure at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and North College Avenue in Newark. Crews will be improving the existing traffic signal; adding audible pedestrian signal displays, crosswalks, and building ramps in compliance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This project will begin on Monday, July 22 and is anticipated to be completed by Friday, August 23, weather permitting.  Intermittent lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with flaggers on site, Monday through Friday.

For traffic information, visit DelDOT online at or tune to WTMC 1380 AM.

Storm Water Management Meeting this Tuesday

Please be aware that I am holding a meeting to review storm water management policies and plans this Tuesday, July 23rd, 7 p.m. at the Newark city building. Representatives from the City of Newark and the New Castle Conservation District will be present to explain current storm water drainage projects and discuss other areas of concern.

Morning Coffee Date Changed

The date of the August Morning Coffee has been moved up from August 7th to July 31st (7:30-9am at Panera Main Street). I am attending the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy on the campus of UPenn from August 4-8. This select group of state officials from all three branches of government will receive training to enhance their leadership and communication skills from a variety of experts in media, education and government. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you when I get back!


Manufactured Housing Update

Dear Neighbor,

As the house prime sponsor of Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 33 I am currently engaged in the dialouge surrounding its implementation. Around the state, manufactured housing communities are discussing how the new law affects them. In order to address the questions arising from these discussions, community meetings have been organized. I will be attending two upcoming meetings in order to hear feedback and answer questions about the legislation.

First, I will be attending the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) meeting in Sussex County on Monday, July 22nd. Second, I plan to attend the Hunters Run manufactured housing community meeting on Wednesday July 24th.  

Under Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 33, which the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed last month, manufactured home park landowners may increase the rent more than CPI-U for the preceding 36 months if they can demonstrate that the proposed rent increase is “directly related to operating, maintaining or improving the manufactured home community.” If the proposed rent increase exceeds CPI-U, residents and the landowner would engage in meetings and nonbinding arbitration to resolve a dispute. The decision could be appealed to Superior Court.

My hope is that these meetings will produce a productive dialouge that moves home owners and land owners towards a working understanding of what this law means for the future housing decisions they make. As the discussion moves forward I am confident this will occur.


Paul S. Baumbach