Rep. Kim Williams' March 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! 

The 148th General Assembly will reconvene next week on Tuesday, March 8th, following the month-long series of Joint Finance Committee public hearings to review the state's annual budget. 

In this newsletter, I've included information regarding several important matters, including an update from Artesian Water, details about several college fairs in our area, and a notice about upcoming community meetings being held by the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare. Please see below for additional information. 

In addition, I would like to inform you that Rep. Valerie Longhurst and I recently filed House Substitute 1 for House Bill 1, which is a revised version of the original bill to strengthen sexual violence reporting, training, and outreach resources for Delaware colleges and universities. 

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

 

 

Revised Campus Sexual Assault Reporting Bill Filed

Following a thorough process of discussion and collaboration with stakeholders from across Delaware’s sexual assault advocacy community, Rep. Valerie Longhurst and I announced yesterday that we’ve submitted a revised version of our bill to strengthen sexual violence reporting, training, and outreach resources for Delaware colleges and universities.

House Substitute 1 for House Bill 1 preserves the intent of the original legislation to ensure that victims of sexual violence on campus have full knowledge of the options available to them, including the criminal justice resources available in addition to the internal administrative processes led by their schools.

As a mother of a daughter in college, our colleges should do a better job of ensuring all of our students are safe. Delaware’s colleges and universities must do more to not only prevent sexual assaults on their campuses, but to support and respond to victims properly when they disclose these crimes to university employees. Over the last year, I have met with sexual assault survivors – I commend these survivors for their courage to share the impact of their sexual assault experiences with me and their determination to advocate for other survivors.

Click here to view the recent press release, and here to review the revised bill.


Upcoming College Fairs in Our Area

7th Annual Red Clay College Fair – The Red Clay Consolidated School District would like to invite students and parents to the 7th Annual Red Clay College Fair at John Dickinson High School on Wednesday, March 23rd, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The fair is intended to assist families in the process of applying for college and offers admissions counselors from regional colleges and universities.  During the event, counselors will provide presentations on financial aid, scholarships, the College Board SAT, and the college application process. 

John Dickinson High School is located at 1801 Milltown Road, Wilmington, Delaware, 19808.

For more information, please call 302-552-3700, or visit the Red Clay Consolidated School District here

Department of Parks and Recreation Annual College and Career Fair – On Thursday, March 17th, the City of Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation’s Division of Youth and Families will host this year’s free College and Career Fair. The event will be held at the Howard High School of Technology Gymnasium from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the College and Career Fair, please call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 302-576-3810, or visit the City of Wilmington website here


Artesian Water Notification

On February 22nd, I received the following letter via e-mail from Artesian Water.

Dear Representative:

Artesian is committed to delivering superior water quality for all customers and is quite sensitive to the concerns arising in Flint, Michigan.  In light of the situation in Flint, Artesian has reviewed our long-standing lead and copper monitoring and corrosion control program and we are confident all the appropriate measures are being taken to protect our customers. 

Lead and copper are not naturally occurring contaminants and their presence in tap water is typically caused by corrosive water coming into contact with customer’s plumbing, leaching metals into the water.  Artesian makes available standard EPA information on ways customers can reduce their exposure to lead. 

Prior to our water reaching customers, Artesian proactively monitors and adjusts the pH of our source water as needed. Water with a low pH is corrosive and can therefore allow metals such as lead to leach from plumbing within the home.  Our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (“SCADA”) provides immediate notification if pH begins to deviate from the acceptable range.  It also allows us to automatically shut-down a treatment plant if the pH is out of the acceptable range.

Artesian also adds phosphate for corrosion control to coat the water mains and customer’s plumbing to reduce the potential of leaching. We comply with all required lead and copper testing.  In the rare event any variation is detected, we are prepared to respond immediately, working alongside the Office of Drinking Water.  Unfortunately that was not the case in Flint, Michigan.  

We are dedicated to assuring water quality in full compliance with state and federal regulations and have a robust process in place for treatment and monitoring, in which we take great pride.

Sincerely,

Dian C. Taylor

President and CEO


Office of Animal Welfare Public Meetings

The Delaware Office of Animal Welfare is holding community meetings to discuss Delaware Animal Control and Cruelty enforcement. The next public meeting notice in our area can be found below: 

  • March 24th – 6 p.m., at the Public Safety Building Conference Room, located on 3601 N. Dupont Highway in New Castle, DE 19720.

Click here for more information about the services provided at the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare. 


Summer Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Make a difference this summer by volunteering with Rittenhouse Camp, Camp GWC, Camp REAL, Safe Kids Camp, Specialty Camps and more! Volunteers ages 14+ are welcome to apply for summer camp volunteer positions. All applicants will be contacted for a phone interview. Any questions, please contact Chrissy Palmer at 302-366-7000 x1044. This is an excellent way to earn service hours for your school or youth group and to have a fantastic and educational summer!