Ocean View puts added focus on nighttime road safety
Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck, in her report to the town council on Monday, July 8, told the council:
• Street lighting agreements with Delmarva Power and the Delaware Electric Co-Op have been completed.
Agreements are customary and allow for the addition of roadway lighting on existing poles and new poles between the canal at Double Bridges Road and Woodland, where Muddy Neck becomes West.
The goal is to improve safety along the road where bicycle traffic is heavy, especially at night.
• New rubber playground mulch was put down in John West Park about two months ago, and the Town has received positive feedback from families.
The playground inspector revisited the park again and, Houck said, “was very pleased with its safety improvement over the engineered wood mulch.”
• The movie “101 Dalmatians” will be presented at Summer Classic Movie Wednesdays on July 17. It will be the final movie in the series, which began July 3 with the film “Sandlot.”
The annual Cops & Goblins event is set for Oct. 26, and the Old Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting will be on Nov. 30.
Houck said this first summer movie event at John West Park “went well, with an approximate attendance of 85 people, who enjoyed hot dogs grilled by our local Boy Scout Troop 281, ice cream treats from Bonkey’s, popcorn and cotton candy, as well as dancing to live music and having some fun posing with Bogart at the entrance to Rick’s Café Americain.”
• The Town began its engagement with Herker Property Maintenance this week.
The company will handle turf management, bed mulching, fertilization and weed control for all grass areas previously maintained by town staff, and clean up leaves in late fall from the Town Hall, John West Park and the Administrative Buildings.
Town ‘loves having its police department in the news’
Ocean View Police Chief Kenneth McLaughlin, in his regular update to the town council on Monday, reported:
• Police volunteers logged 200 hours of service in June.
• Officers attended training including Cops in Court, RADAR and LIDAR, Tactical Shooting Instructor, Rescue Task Force, Juvenile Civil Citation, UAV High-Risk Incidents and Motorcycle Crash Investigations.
• Among incident calls in June were 30 assists to Delaware State Police Barrack 4, 28 business checks, 11 residence checks, 34 welfare checks, 252 summonses issued, 41 warnings issued and nine warrants.
There were 17 cell phone-related charges issued, 25 moving violations issued and 129 speeding citations given.
Mayor Walter Curran said Ocean View is a town “that loves having its police department in the news.”
“We are the safest town in Delaware, and we want to stay that way,” Curran said.
Signage, tree-trimming and street-sweeping see action
Kenneth Cimino, Ocean View’s director of Planning, Zoning & Development, reported:
• The office received a request to install “No Outlet” signs on William Avenue. Signs that were in place were not standard. All three locations have been upgraded to correct standard signage.
• The office received a request to trim low-hanging branches along West Avenue between Route 26 and Central Avenue.
Tree limbs in the right-of-way are affecting lateral and vertical clearance. The project was put out to bid.
• The semi-annual street sweeping contract has been awarded to D&J Sweeping of Laurel. Sweeping began in Savannah’s Landing and will continue north of Route 26 to Assawoman Canal from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• In all, 56 building and sign permits were issued in June, along with 30 certificates of operation.
on Woodland Avenue
Ocean View resident Chris Dominick, during the Public Comments portion of the meeting on Monday, asked about the possibility of placing crosswalks on Woodland Avenue.
Town Manager Carol Houck said traffic is heavy in that area.
Town officials plan to meet with Delaware Department of Transportation experts “to see to what extent, and what fixes they will do.”
“In the off-season, it’s not as big of an issue, of course; but right now we need everybody to be paying attention,” Houck said.
Cimino told Dominick that signalization is being considered.
“I am going to investigate. If they won’t signalize that intersection, some kind of crosswalk with the functioning assembly, where the pedestrian presses a button and a light comes on, is a possibility.
“That is something I had a conversation with a business owner about today, and I will be pursuing DelDOT’s chief engineer,” he said. “I am very interested in pedestrian upgrades at that intersection.”
Dominick said getting in and out of the community at Woodland Avenue is more and more difficult and asked how to contact someone at DelDOT.
Cimino suggested he call the public affairs division and said the Town will support his request.
McLaughlin said the Town has addressed the matter in the past, but that crash data is the driving force before DelDOT begins a safety project.
“They’ve got to have crash after crash after crash until they are going to look at that, and study that. … And I can tell you, it doesn’t exist right now,” McLaughlin said.
The Ocean View Town Council will not meet in August. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Town Hall.
By Susan Canfora