July 12, 2021
DelDOT Traffic Alert: High Friction Surface Treatment will require a portion of Gum Road to be closed
Roxanna -- Traffic Information: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces to motorists that High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) will be applied on Gum Road between Roxanna Road and Shockley Town Road between Wednesday (July 14th) at 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Thursday (July 15th), pending weather. This treatment is weather dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.

High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) is designed to give vehicles better traction navigating curves during wet conditions.

Detour Routes:

Roxanna Road Northbound: Motorists will turn left on McCary Road and continue onto Frankford School Road and turn left on Shockley Town Road.

Gum Road Southbound: Motorists will turn left on Shockley Town Road onto Frankford School Road and turn right onto McCary Road.

Frankford School Road Southbound: Motorists will turn right on McCary Road and turn right onto Roxanna Road.

Gum Road Eastbound: Motorists will turn right on Roxanna Road to McCary Road and turn left on Frankford School Road and turn left on Shockley Town Road.

Detour signage will be posted for motorists. Residents will have access to their homes but may need to take the posted detour route.
News from DHSS: Despite end of State of Emergency, DHSS Guidance for Visitation at Delaware’s long-term care facilities will continue
DelDOT Traffic Alert: Nighttime shoulder closures for striping on Route 26 this week
Bethany Beach -- Traffic Information: DelDOT announces to motorists that there will be nighttime shoulder closures in effect this week on Route 26 eastbound/westbound between Route 1 and Lakeview Drive.

The shoulder closures are necessary for restriping of bicycle and pedestrian lanes.

The restriping will occur from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., beginning TONIGHT (July 12th) and ending at 5 a.m. on Friday (July 16th).
Delaware State Police are collecting donations for "Operation Troopers Have Your BACKpack"
News from DMV: Operational changes coming to the Division of Motor Vehicles
Dover -- The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles will be implementing several operational changes beginning tomorrow (July 13th), per the Governor's recent announcement that Delaware's State of Emergency declaration will be lifted on that date.
 
Effective July 13, 2021:
  • DMV buildings will return to full capacity. Further, face coverings recommendations will follow CDC guidance-while not required, all customers who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing face coverings while at DMV.
  • Driver license/vehicle registration suspensions for bad checks will resume, as will uninsured motorist customer notifications for any outstanding balance owed to DMV.
  • Pre-COVID Class D road tests and counter eye exams will resume, with specific guidance in place from DPH to protect both customers and staff. Please follow all instructions received from DMV and staff when utilizing either of these services.
 
Beginning August 2, 2021, late fees will be assessed for any expired state-issued credential and vehicle transactions. Select DMV transactions (including the renewal of state-issued credentials and vehicle registration) may be eligible to be completed online at myDMV.delaware.gov or by using the self-serve kiosks on-site at any DMV location.
News from the Department of Agriculture: Deadly poison hemlock and spotted water hemlock found in Delaware
DOVER, Del. (July 2, 2021) – The Delaware Department of Agriculture is warning all residents about two deadly species of hemlock recently found in Sussex County. Environmental scientists have confirmed the presence of poison hemlock (Conicum maculatum) and spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata). All parts of the plants – leaves, stems, flowers, and roots – are poisonous to humans and animals.
 
Both hemlocks are in bloom from June through August. As members of the wild carrot family, both plants have small white flowers in umbrella-like groupings. People may mistake these plants for wild carrot, commonly called Queen Anne’s lace, or wild parsnip or wild celery. People who like to forage for natural foods or cut wildflowers are advised to avoid wild carrot-looking plants to prevent the possibility of being poisoned.
 
Both the poison hemlock and spotted water hemlock were found in wetland areas in Sussex County. Poison hemlock is also known to grow in ditches, meadows, pastures, and the edges of cultivated fields.
 
Poison hemlock is an invasive biennial that grows from six to eight feet tall. The stems are hairless and have purple blotches. The plant emits an odor, but people should not crush any part of the plant to smell it because toxic alkaline oils can be released, poisoning the person. Leaves are alternate, dark glossy green, fern-like, triangular, lacey with veins running through the tips of the leaf serrations.
 
Native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, poison hemlock was introduced into the United States in the 1800s as an ornamental garden plant.
 
Spotted water hemlock is a native plant that grows up to six feet tall. The stems can vary in color from solid green or purple to green with purple spots or stripes. The leaves are lacey and fern-like, with veins ending at the base of the notch of the leaf edge.
 
If residents suspect they have found either of these plants, take a picture and email it to DDA.Marketing@delaware.gov for identification.
 
Residents should not try to eradicate these plants themselves. Residents should find a licensed aquatic pest control company at https://de.gov/pesticides to treat for poison hemlock or spotted water hemlock. It is recommended that people wear long sleeves, long pants, and gloves when working with these toxic plants. The sap can cause skin irritation or a rash in some people, and others may experience serious illness. Mowing the plants is not recommended because toxic particles can be released and inhaled in the air.
 
Depending on the exposure – direct contact, ingestion, and inhalation – signs and symptoms of poisoning by spotted water hemlock and poison hemlock in humans can appear as soon as 15 minutes to hours and can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, irregular heartbeat, dilation of the pupils, respiratory distress, muscle damage, renal failure, and central nervous system involvement causing seizures, with potential for death.
 
If a person may have ingested either of these plants or cut one of the plants inhaling the toxic particles, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or 911.
 
The identification and eradication of these plants are crucial in meadows and fields where livestock and horses graze. If any part of the plant is ingested, toxicity can occur in animals. All classes of livestock are susceptible to poison hemlock. Ingestion of the plant may lead to death within just 2-3 hours, depending on the amount consumed. Fresh leaves of poison hemlock are unpalatable to animals, so livestock and horses seldom eat hemlock if other feed is available.
 
Clinical signs in livestock usually begin within 30-60 minutes after ingestion. There is no antidote. When animals ingest the plant, the toxin affects nerve impulse transmission to the muscles, and animals die due to respiratory failure. Animals often will be found dead before the illness is determined.
Delaware's Contractor Registry is now state law
NOTE: Failure to submit your application and fees before August 1st on public works projects can result in work delays, penalties, and even suspension from future work in the state of Delaware. All contractors must obtain their certificate prior to performing construction services or maintenance work throughout the state. To register, log-in, or create an account on the Delaware One-Stop business licensing and registration portal, click here.
To contact Ron: Ronald.Gray@delaware.gov