Oak Lane Manor Civic Association

Oak Lane Manor Neighborhood Newsletter Talleyville, Delaware

 May 2019

Annual Meeting: Dues, Reports, More …

The OLM Civic Association’s annual meeting was held on April 17 at the Brandywine Hundred Library. Twenty-seven residents and two guests were present. Current officers agreed to continue serving the neighborhood and were re-elected:

  • Mike Brown – President
  • Bob Bradley – Vice President
  • Lisa Besack – Secretary
  • Jackie Feldman – Treasurer

Dues were kept the same as last year: $20 for homes in Oak Lane Manor; $10 for homes along Foulk and Shipley Roads. Dues are due now. A form and pre-addressed return envelope are attached to this newsletter for your convenience.

Master Corporal Kristen Hester of the New Castle County Police addressed member concerns, e.g., speeders using Hilton and OL Road as a cut-through to avoid the Foulk/Shipley light. She also provided crime statistics for our development. With the exception of two April daytime attempted break-ins at two homes on the same day in the 1000 block of Hilton everything has been quiet. The break-ins were thwarted by the homes’ doors being locked, by a quick call to 9-1-1 and a quick response by the police.

Laura Eder organized and carried out a successful egg hunt on April 13th. A dozen OLM kids plus parents turned out to hunt eggs in the parkland between Oak Lane Road and Parkside Drive. A good time was had by all on a beautiful spring day.

Laura has volunteered to work on putting together an OLM Block Party for this summer or early fall. Funds have been allocated in the budget for this and other community activities. To help, let Laura know at AngelFall.2410@gmail.com.

Kyle Benson, chair of the OLM Welcome Committee, reported that a half-dozen new families have been moved into our neighborhood since our last annual meeting. Welcome packets containing useful info about the neighborhood, a Visitors Guide from the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, coupons from various stores, etc., were delivered personally. When you see new people move in, welcome them and give Kyle a call at (302) 731-7933 or KRBPM147@yahoo.com.

The meeting was particularly happy to welcome our newly elected State Rep. Krista Griffith, who lives in Fairfax. Krista took notes on a variety of concerns that were raised by members at the meeting and reported on what is going on in the General Assembly this year. One serious concern that will likely not be changed is that each member of the legislature gets the exact same amount of money to use for re-paving projects in neighborhoods, regardless of the number of miles of streets in his/her district. Some members in the lower counties, for example, have very few streets (at least one has none!) while many others – New Castle County, for example – have many miles of neighborhood roads. The money is known as the Community Transportation Fund and can be used at the discretion of the state senator or representative for projects in his/her district, whether related to roads or not.

J. Harry Feldman, who produces this newsletter and maintains the OLM e-mail list, is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred, reported on items CCOBH is currently watching closely:

- Brandywine Country Club re-development - EZ Storage on Florence Ave. at Concord Pike - Proposal to have Transportation Improvement Districts that could reduce demands developers must follow re traffic impact from their projects.

- Concord Pike Study sponsored by WILMAPCO - Possible changes to the Voluntary School Assessment rules that developers must follow when their projects affect feeder schools that are at or near capacity

- GulfTainer shipping port at Edgemoor

For information go to CCOBH.org. For information on the Concord Pike Study go to WilMapCo.org.

School Board election: Tuesday, May 14. Info at Brandywine Schools.org

OLM Garage Sale: Saturday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Rain date is the next day. Ads will appear in the News Journal. Signs will be posted at OLM entrances.

Did you know there is an unofficial OLM Facebook page, not connected with the OLM Civic Association?

Potholes: call DelDot’s northern regional office: 302 894-6300.

To contact our county or state elected officials visit the Oak Lane Manor website: OakLaneManor.org.

For the upcoming summer festivals see the Calendar of Events on the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website: VisitWilmingtonDE.com.

Finally, a tip of the hat to all our faithful volunteer OLM Block Captains who distribute this newsletter, notices and forms!​​