Category: Government

Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) held an event on August 30 marking the completion of renovations at the Liberty Court public housing complex in Dover. It also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Moving to Work, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development program that assists public housing agencies design and test innovative, locally-designed strategies.…

The Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Unit has indicted three individuals charged with committing home improvement frauds targeting older Delawareans. Isaac K. Lovell, 44, of Bear was indicted on July 8, 2019 on charges including Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Home Improvement Fraud, and Theft Greater than $100,000. The indictment alleges that Lovell utilized…

Is hypocrisy an issue in Delaware politics? Each of us should tread carefully in answering that provocative question, lest we “cast the first stone.” However, when it comes to hypocrisy in Delaware politics, plenty of stones can be tossed. And should be. This column is occasioned by a slow Saturday morning exchange with Kerri Evelyn…

Anti-retaliation provision added to state’s equal-accommodations law

Tim Holly Guest Columnist Delaware has long had a law that often is referred to as “DEAL” — the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law. That law, in part, prohibits people from refusing, withholding from, or denying others accommodations, facilities, advantages, or privileges of a place of public accommodation, based on protected characteristics of race, marital status,…

By Ken Mammarella Wilmington has launched a big initiative to share municipal data and information. The OpenGov portal, accessed with a purple link on www.WilmingtonDE.gov, “enables the public to view and download more information than ever before about city government,” according to a city release. “It serves to strengthen the public confidence in government,” Mayor…

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined two contractors for exposing contractors to fall hazards after a fatal injury at the Delaware Port of Wilmington in January 2019. Enerfab Process Solutions & Fabricated Products Inc. and Industrial Services Group Inc. face $687,619 in penalties. “Falls continue to be the…

Open letter to Mayor Mike: No Bird electric scooters, please!”

An open letter to Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki: This may come as a bit of a shock, but I’d like to ask for some aggressive business regulation in one particular area. Specifically, I hope you and your colleagues on the Wilmington City Council will resist Bird, the Santa Monica, California-based electric scooter-sharing company. “High-tech trash”…

Biden dominates 2Q contributions from Delaware voters

By Abby Osborne DBT Contributor At a national level, President Donald Trump and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have taken the lead in raising money for Q2 (April 1 through June 30) at about $105 million and $24.8 million, respectively. Trailing closely behind Buttigieg is Joe Biden, the former vice president and long-running Delaware…

The Delaware Division of the Arts is investing nearly $3 million in more than 100 arts and community organizations statewide. This first round of funding for FY2020 includes: General Operating Support, Project Support, Arts Stabilization, StartUp and Education Resource grants. “The applications that come in from communities throughout the state represent the finest in arts…

The Wilmington Department of Licenses and Inspections has recommended that the City adopt the revised I.C.C. (International Code Council) 2018 code series, the latest version of a set of building code standards affecting residential and commercial properties. The International Code Council, an association with 64,000 members, updates the I.C.C. building codes every three years to…