Rep. Kim Williams' April Community Update

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Carvel Office Building
820 N. French Street
11th Floor 
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577-8476

Legislative Hall
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4351

 

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this message finds you well!

With the spring season upon us, I would like to provide you with several community updates and upcoming events in our area. I have also provided a brief legislative update about several bills that I am pleased to sponsor, including House Bill 292, which coincides with the recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

In addition, I would like to remind you of the upcoming April 18th deadline to file your federal taxes, which was extended due to the celebration of Emancipation Day. Delaware State taxes are also due this year on May 2nd.

Please also take note that the Presidential Primary Election takes place this year on April 26th, which also serves as the deadline to return voted absentee ballots. For more information, please visit the Department of Elections website here

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have about issues in the 19th District or the state. 

Sincerely

Kim Williams

 

 

Legislative Update: HB 288 & HB 292

House Bill 288: The Jake Brake Bill – This bill increases the penalty of unlawfully using any brake or braking system that is attached to, or an integral part of the vehicle’s internal combustion engine or exhaust systems, also known as a Jake Brake, to include a moving violation. The bill was reported out of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.  Click here to view the legislation.

House Bill 292: The Child Abuse Bill – This bill requires schools to post the toll-free telephone report line number for child abuse and neglect in a conspicuous location, where it may be viewed by students.  Currently the number is 1-800-292-9582. I am pleased to sponsor the bill as we recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The bill was unanimously reported out of the House Education Committee. Click here to view the legislation


DNREC Waste Site Reopens in Northern NCC

DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Demonstration Site
to Reopen Saturday, April 2nd with Limited Operation – Weekend Hours Only

DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Demonstration Site in northern New Castle County, closed since January, reopened Saturday, April 2nd with limited operation at least through June in partnership with the Delaware General Assembly.

The site will be open Saturdays and Sundays only, with Delaware residents able to bring yard waste from their own property in non-commercial vehicles to the site from 8 a.m. to until sunset. Again, DNREC operation of the Polly Drummond Hill Road site is Saturday-Sunday only – with the site closed Monday through Friday. In reopening it, DNREC also reminds the public that dumping of yard waste at the gate, along roadways, or other property is illegal, and is subject to fines or imprisonment.  (To report violators, call the DNREC 24-hour environmental hotline: 1-800-662-8802.)

DNREC also notes that, in addition to the limited yard-waste drop-off operation at Polly Drummond Hill Road, there is in proximity a free alternative for Delaware residents dropping off their own yard waste: Holland Mulch, 1034 S. Chapel Street (Rt. 72), Newark, DE 19702. This privately-operated site – about five miles from the Polly Drummond Hill Road site – is open from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. - noon on Saturdays. For more information about Holland Mulch’s South Chapel Street site, please call 302-737-1000.

DNREC advises that while Holland Mulch also accepts commercial businesses, such as landscaping and lawn care companies, as well as municipalities, all of these entities will be charged a fee when dropping off yard waste. The Department also reiterates that the Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Demonstration Site is not intended for commercial businesses or for individuals using commercial vehicles to transport their personal yard waste.

Residents wishing for alternatives to recycle their yard waste may manage the material on their own property, arrange for a collection service, or use the drop-off options listed at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste. Residents living in the municipal boundaries of Wilmington, Elsmere, and Newark are reminded that those municipalities provide free yard waste collection services.


Upcoming Community Yard Sales

Country Spring Festival at Carousel Park – Saturday, April 16th from Noon – 4 p.m., at the Carousel Park and Equestrian Center located on 3700 Limestone Road in Wilmington. Join others for country line dancing, rodeo games and activities, crafts, hay rides and more. This is a FREE family event. Click here for more information.

 

DSWA Waste & Recycling Event – Saturday, April 23rd from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., at North Star Elementary located on 1340 Little Baltimore Road in Hockessin. The event features household hazardous waste collection, electronic goods recycling and paper shredding. All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine. Click here for more information.

Spring Sleep under the Stars at Rockwood Park – Saturday, May 7th, at Rockwood Park located on 4651 Washington St. Extension in Wilmington. Enjoy a day and night of free, safe family fun with kid’s craft for Mother’s Day, as well as hayrides, games, movies, and music. Not pets, alcohol, drugs, gas or charcoal grills, fire pits, or personal fires will be allowed. Click here for more information.  

 

Delaware’s Community-Run Farmers Markets – Over the spring and summer seasons, Delawareans will have the opportunity to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits from vendors from across the state all in one place. Several of these farmers markets will be in our area, including:

  • Carousel Park Farmers’ Market: May 6th – October 28th, on Friday’s from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. The farmers’ market will accept EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.
  • Rockwood Park Farmers’ Market: May 5th – October 27th, on Thursday’s from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. The farmers’ market will accept EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

For more information about farmers’ markets across the state, visit the Delaware Department of Agriculture website here