Date: July 31, 2003
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Blue Ball Construction Field Office
Re: Construction Working Group (Meeting Minutes)

Ms. Margaret BrambleDeerhurst
Mr. Charles Copeland State Senator-4th Dist
Mr. Donald CriscuoloAlapocas II
Mr. Dominick D'Eramo 
Mr. George Keyes LabCorp.
Mr. Bill Tansey NCC Council
Mr. Robert KingDelDOT
Mr. Vernon LawtonDelDOT
Mr. William StewartDelDOT
Mr. Harry Gamble McCormick Taylor

Meeting was called to order at 9:00 am and after introductions, no additions or revisions were made to the minutes of June 26, 2003.

Due to the desired wishes of the group, it was decided to revise all future meetings start times to 8:00 am.

Bob King informed the group of the recent educational tours conducted at the Weldin Ruins archaeological site as well as the meeting of the Rotary Club by Bill Stewart and Bob King informing group of the progress of the Blue Ball Properties Project. Bob King also informed group of submission of application of the U.S./E.P.A. Smart Sense Award - Excellence in Overall Design, as well as a general open house for the public at the Weldin Ruins archaeological site to be held on Saturday, August 23, 2003 from 10am-3pm with tours conducted on the hour.

Bill Stewart provided the following construction update:

Project Work

  • Excavation for Stormwater Management Pond No. 1 is complete.
  • Construction of the SR141 Spur Structure began this month.
  • Placement of the stone road base on the south end of the project is ongoing.
  • Final grading in preparation to place stone road base on the north end of the project is ongoing.

Utility Work

  • Verizon continues to place cables in the utility corridor.
  • Conectiv-Electric is scheduled to complete the underground electric installations on the south end of the project.

Phase 2 - Early Action Work

  • Clearing along Connector 'D' to accommodate new Conectiv Electric poles is complete. Conectiv is scheduled to install the poles next month.
  • Clearing along Relocated Weldin Road is complete. Cavalier, Comcast and Conectiv Electric are scheduled to begin their underground installations next month.

There was further discussion about the Alapocas community water pressure. Pressure testing had been done on July 1st and showed there was 60 lbs of pressure at the fire hydrant, and at a residence there was 50 lbs; however, when the tap was turned on the pressure dropped to 30 lbs. The Water Department reported that they had no idea how that happened and they are researching the issue. They did report discovering that 3 of the valves were closed for some unknown reason.

In response to a question about whether the dirt berms bordering Alapocas were seeded, Bill Stewart reported that none of the planting had been done and all the growth there was natural. About 200 feet of land is scheduled to be seeded as part of the fall season planting, scheduled to start in late September or early October.

Concern was expressed about whether the planting/landscaping contractor is watering the plants. While his plants are guaranteed for three years, a year's growth will be lost if they are not watered. Contractors currently are on the site once every 1 to 2 weeks.

Areas by Rockland Road are currently not seeded nor stabilized and will wash away if not corrected. This will be addressed.

Questions arose about why the artistic expression of the placement of boulders is limited to 210 stones and couldn't some have been placed on the berm to screen the pathway? This is an issue for DNREC. They are the ones responsible for determining the number and the placement of the stones. A request was made that DNREC look at the berm area for placement of rock. Some of the placement is restricted due to the construction environment of the site, as well as, safety issues due to the 6-lane roadway being built, and also to keep rocks away from homes and clear of bike path areas.

George Keyes of LabCorp would like to place some signs for directions to their company due to the detours expected. The signs will be 18"x24" "real estate" type signs with one word and an arrow indicating the direction of the building. An example of the sign was shown. Vern Lawton will research "State right of way" restrictions.

Prior to end of the meeting, it was pointed out that some vandalism of plants has occurred and if anyone sees people roaming around the site they are requested to call the State Police

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:25 am, with the next meeting scheduled for Thursday morning, August 28th at the revised time of 8:00 am.

Following the close of the meeting a tour of site was conduction for those members not in attendance at previous meeting.