Date: January 30, 2003
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Blue Ball Construction Field Office
Re: Construction Working Group (Meeting Minutes)

Mr. Chris BarberCity of Wilm, Water Division
Mr. Jim Bayard, Jr. Alapocas
Ms. Rosenna RichardsIndep. Mall
Mr. Dan Bockover CCOBH
Mr. Donald CriscuoloAlapocas II Maint. Org.
Mr. Harold Green Indep. Mall
Mr. Bill TanseyNCC Council
Ms. Gail VanGilder DE Greenways
Antonio Prado Community News
Mr. Robert KingDelDOT
Mr. William StewartDelDOT
Mr. Mark TudorDelDOT
Mr. Vernon LawtonDelDOT
Mr. Harry Gamble McCormick Taylor & Assoc.

Bob King of DelDOT opened the meeting at 3 pm by circulating the sign-in sheet. There were no revisions/corrections/additions to the minutes of the December12th meeting, and they were let stand as is.

Bill Stewart reported that:

  1. Weather conditions are still impacting the progress of the work; however, we are still within the window planned into the schedule permitted for possible delays.
  2. Blasting in the SWM ponds #1 & #2 is still ongoing due to the inclement weather, but will take no longer than a month to complete.
  3. Night construction work by Verizon completed one crossing (near Deerhurst) this season and will start a second crossing during the late spring. The second crossing will be near Independence Mall.
  4. Installation of the Geogrid Reinforced Slope System at the relocated Rockland Road will start next week. Samples of the geogrid were passed around for the group to inspect.

Mark Tudor reported that:

  1. Bid solicitation for the next contract will be advertised next month. Construction is expected to start during the late spring.
  2. There will be a couple months of work on the next contract before the Connector "D" is completed and Route 202 can be shut down. The connector is expected to be completed and operational around November of this year.
  3. Calls were received from state legislators regarding their inability to attend Advisory Meetings due to a conflict in schedule because the General Assembly is in session. They requested that the group change the meeting time to facilitate their schedule. Discussion ensued to possibly reschedule the meeting time to 9 am, on the last Thursday of each month, in lieu of 3pm. A memo will be sent out to members of the committee requesting feedback/opinion of possibly changing the meeting time. If enacted, the change will take effect starting with the March meeting.

There was a question as to the relocation of the displaced computer business and the access to the Capano parking lot. Mark replied that during the construction period access to the parking lot would be off of Foulk Road. When construction is complete, the access will be off the new connector road. The Connector D will be approximately at the current level of the Capano parking lot.

It was reported that the Bird-Husband house exterior has been rehabilitated. No interior restoration has been undertaken.

The Weldin-Husband house was not found to be historic and options were presented to the Historic Review Board last year on whether relocation was feasible. The recommendation is to demolish. A demolition permit will have to be applied for. The retaining wall surrounding the house will also have to be removed, as that is the current location of the new underpass.

Status of the adaptive reuse of the Dairy Barn was reported, and DNREC will be finalizing plans and advertising in the spring, with construction expected to start in the summer.

The entrance columns for the Porter Reservoir will have to be dismantled and temporary stored. The columns will be reassembled later to flank the new relocated entrance driveway.

It was reported that the new underpasses would have actual stone facing both on their exterior walls as well as underneath. A prototype will be constructed to determine the aspects of making the stone into a pattern, per recommendations from the public artist.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 pm.