City of Rehoboth Commissioners set the date for the referendum, the public vote, on borrowing the money for the controversial ocean outfall pipe for Saturday, June 27, 2015.
People need to ask why the cost keeps going up. The City website claims the outfall pipe portion of the project will be $25 Million as seen in the slideshow (below the video) here . But tow news articles have the cost of the outfall pipe portion at $31 or $312 million, as reported in this Cape Gazette article by Ryan Mavity and this News Journal article by Molly Murray.
Let us just say that Stan Mills’ claim of “misinformation” by our group are unfounded. A person who uses our site to make a comment is not the same as the official position or our group. Yes we know there are outfall pipes in Bethany and in Ocean City. Our main claim is not that this pipe will be horribly polluting to the ocean. Our main claim is that land based application is cheaper and ocean outfall is a waste of water.
I think putting something on the town’s website saying outfall will cost $25 million when the most recent numbers are more like $31 million is misinformation now Mr. Mills.
The Chapter has sent a mailing to every property owner in Rehoboth Beach to make them aware of the referendum coming up on borrowing money to fund the outfall pipe. The mailer aims to tell people that as property owners, they are eligible to vote in the election even if they don’t live in Rehoboth. Here is a PDF of the one-page mailing. Please share this with those you know that own property in Rehoboth.
And please, please come out the public hearing Friday night, May 15th at 7PM 229 Rehoboth Ave. where the Rehoboth Commissioners will set the date for the bond vote referendum. Tell the Commissioners to vote NO on setting this date for a public vote. Print and post the flier at the bottom of this post.
Talking Points for Friday’s Hearing:
1) The Chapter is appealing the decision of DNREC to accept the findings of the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) supporting the outfall pipe option. That hearing is on June 23rd. It makes no sense to ask voters to borrow this money before this appeal is settled.
2) The final price of the outfall pipe is unknown. It will need seven state and federal permits in order to operate. No one has built an ocean outfall pipe in ten years, so it is very likely that whoever constructs it will NOT know everything that needs doing to satisfy these permits up front. If you are building a house and you find out you still need seven permits to move in, don’t you think there is a chance that satisfying those seven permits will cost you some more money? Seems reasonable.
3) The main alternative to ocean outfall is land application. The EIS assumed that the City would have to buy land for land based, but this is not true. Utilities stated on the record that they have the land or will acquire land to deal with the treated water. So the entire conclusion of the EIS is based on false assumptions. Land based application can be done, and it can be done for less money, but it was never given a chance.
4) The outfall pipe will take the longest to build. Again, it hasn’t been done in ten years. Whereas running pipes inland along state and county roads is routine. The seven permits needed will add to this time, and the longer this takes, the more pollution that goes into Rehoboth Bay. Land application requires fewer permits.
Monthly Chapter Meeting
May 12th – 6:30 PM – Lewes Public Library, Lewes DE
We will be holding our monthly chapter meeting to plan for the coming summer events and outfall response, appeals process, and logistics.
All members and non-members are welcome
Council approves outfall loan
By Ryan Mavity | Apr 21, 2015
DOVER — Rehoboth Beach officials will ask voters to approve borrowing $71 million to pay for the proposed ocean outfall and City Hall projects. While a referendum is expected to take place in June, opponents of the outfall say it is not a done deal yet.
Earth Day Clean Up
April 19th -9:00 AM – Cape Henelopen, Naval Jetty
Delaware Premier of Ocean Frontiers II
April 9th – 6:30PM – Movies at Midway
Join us for the Delaware premier of this beautiful documentary at the Midway Movie Theater on Route One.
Stay afterwards for some Q&A with a very knowledgeable panel. >>More Details
Surfrider Delaware is holding chapter nominations and elections on April 14th for Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary at the Lewes Library.
Cooper not surprised by action
By Ryan Mavity | Feb 27, 2015
REHOBOTH BEACH — The Delaware chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has appealed Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small’s decision to approve Rehoboth Beach’s ocean outfall project.