November 10, 2020
News from DNREC: More Delaware beaches are cleared of oily debris; Unified command conducts final shoreline assessments
Cleanup crews under the unified command have successfully cleared all Delaware Bay beaches and another stretch of Atlantic Ocean coastline of oily debris and tar balls. After the latest shoreline assessment late Tuesday, only Gordon’s Pond at Cape Henlopen State Park, North Shores Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach require final sign off. 

The unified command under the U.S. Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will continue to survey beaches and dispatch cleanup crews as necessary.

As crews conduct final assessments, beachgoers should avoid any remaining oily debris deposited along the wrack or high tide line. 

The public is asked to continue reporting sizeable sightings of oiled debris, tar balls or oiled wildlife. 

For reports concerning the Delaware coastline, call DNREC’s toll-free environmental hotline at 800-662-8802. For reports concerning the Maryland coastline, call the Maryland Department of the Environment at 866-633-4686.
Voters who cast a ballot in-person can expect to have their voting status updated online by the week of November 23rd
Ron received the following update from Delaware Elections Commissioner Anthony Albence as it relates to voters’ online voting status:

• Those who are seeing updates in iVote are those who voted by an absentee or vote by mail ballot. The status of those ballots are updated directly in the voter registration system (i.e.: when a ballot is returned), which is what updates the iVote interface and allowed voters to see a voting status update in iVote right away.

• Voters who voted at the polling place checked in on pollbooks. Pollbooks are not directly connected to the voter registration system, so the information on the pollbooks needs to be uploaded into the voter registration system as one of the post-election tasks that are undertaken. Once these tasks are completed, these voters’ voting history will be updated in iVote. This should be completed the week of 11/23. We have posted this info on our website and are having the county offices post this message on their social media channels as well. 

• If a voter who voted in person would like to inquire on their status, our county offices have lists of who checked in on the pollbooks. These lists may be referenced to update a voter on their voting history status if they would like this info now versus waiting for it to be updated in iVote. 
DelDOT Traffic Alert: Frankford road closure
Frankford -- Traffic Information: DelDOT announces to motorists that a portion of Bayard Road will be closed for the replacement of a failing crossroad pipe.

Times and Dates: NOW until 11:00 p.m. on November 18, 2020, pending weather.

Location: Bayard Road between Wilgus Cemetery Road and Daisey Road, Frankford. 

At all times, residents and businesses will have access but may need to take the posted detour route.

Detour Routes:

Bayard Road southbound: Motorists traveling south on Bayard Road will be detoured on to Daisey Road. Motorists will follow Daisey Road to Honeysuckle Road to Wilgus Cemetery Road. Motorists will travel on Wilgus Cemetery Road back to Bayard Road.

Bayard Road southbound: Motorists traveling north on Bayard Road will be detoured on to Wilgus Cemetery Road to Honeysuckle Road making a righthand turn and follow this to Daisey Road. Motorists will turn right onto Daisy Road back to Bayard Road.

Detour signage has been posted for motorists.
DelDOT Traffic Alert: Closure of Bethel Road for replacement of crossroad pipe
Frankford -- Traffic Information: DelDOT announces to motorists that a portion of Bayard Road will be closed for the replacement of a failing crossroad pipe.

Times and Dates: 7 a.m. on November 16, 2020 until 11:00 p.m. on November 23, 2020, pending weather.

Location: Bayard Road between Zion Church Road and Evans Road, Frankford. 

At all times, residents and businesses will have access but may need to take the posted detour route.

Detour Routes:

Bayard Road Northbound: Motorist traveling northbound on Bayard Road will be detoured north on Zion Church Road and turn right onto Evans Road and return to Bayard Road.

Bayard Road Southbound: Motorist traveling south on Bayard Road will be detoured onto Evans Road to Zion Church Road and turn left to Bayard Road.

Detour signage will be posted for motorists.
DelDOT Traffic Alert: Closure of Bayard Road for replacement of crossroad pipe
Frankford -- Traffic Information: DelDOT announces to motorists that a portion of Bethel Road will be closed for the replacement of a failing crossroad pipe.

Times and Dates: 7 a.m. on November 16, 2020 until 2:00 p.m. on November 25, 2020, pending weather.

Location: Bethel Road between Hudson Road and Donoway Road, Frankford. 

At all times, residents and businesses will have access but may need to take the posted detour route.

Detour Routes:

Bethel Road eastbound: Motorists traveling eastbound on Bethel Road will be detoured on to Donoway Road. Motorists will follow Donoway Road to Cypress Road to Hudson Road.
Motorists east of the work area on Bethel Road will be detoured on to Hudson Road.
Motorist will follow Hudson Road to Cypress Road to Donoway Road and return to Bethel Road.

Detour signage will be posted for motorists.
On Veterans Day - TOMORROW (November 11th) - DART is offering FREE rides to veterans on all statewide bus services
News from DNREC: DNREC Natural Resources Police collect toys as holiday gifts for Delaware children
To kick off the holiday season, DNREC Natural Resources Police are teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program to provide toys as gifts for children in local communities.  

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys suitable for boys and girls of all ages and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in communities nationwide. 

Toys will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 11 at the following drop-off locations with Toys for Tots donation boxes, with donors required to wear masks and practice social distancing when dropping off toys:

• All Delaware State Park offices statewide, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Natural Resources Police office in Sussex County at 23530 Campbell Circle, Georgetown, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Various locations and events throughout the state attended by Natural Resources Police officers.

For more information or for the dates and locations of upcoming events where toys can be donated, contact officers with DNREC’s three Natural Resources Police units:

• Master Cpl. Andy Manning, Environmental Crimes Unit, andrew.manning@delaware.gov, 302-739-9401 
• Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, Division of Fish and Wildlife, brooke.mitchell@delaware.gov, 302-739-9913 
• Cpl. David Redgraves, Delaware State Parks, david.redgraves@delaware.gov, 302-272-3534  

For more information, visit toysfortots.org. To donate toys locally or make local monetary donations online, please click here.   
Financial assistance is available for renters and homeowners who may be struggling as a result of the pandemic
The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) continues to accept applications for assistance programs aimed at assisting renters and homeowners who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The DSHA has increased the limit on available assistance for both the rental and mortgage assistance programs. Eligible renters can now apply to receive up to $8,000 in financial assistance, and eligible homeowners can now apply to receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance. They have also adjusted the eligible income limits to allow even more Delawareans the opportunity to apply for assistance.

The program includes assistance for lot rent for manufactured homeowners. 

For more information on both programs, please click here.  
Pop-up COVID-19 testing events this week in Sussex County
To contact Ron: Ronald.Gray@delaware.gov