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.
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.
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.
For absolutely no reason, this news report on the Chapter’s Outfall Pipe Appeal comes to you…from a helicopter.
The Chapter is appealing DNREC’s January 5th decision that accepted the findings of the Environmental Impact Statement, EIS, for the proposed Rehoboth Beach Outfall pipe.
When Rehoboth Beach officials looked for land for an alternative disposal site for their municipal sewerage, the coastal real estate market was booming.
They contacted landowner, after landowner and found no one tilling to sell.
So the city proceeded with a proposal to build an ocean outfall, a plan that was supported as the best option in an environmental impact statement recently approved by state environmental officials.
Due to his tireless commitment and work to stop the Rehoboth Beach Ocean Outfall Pipe, Gregg Rosner was nominated for and won the Chapter Leadership East Award from Surfrider Foundation at their annual Wavemaker Awards Dinner held in San Clemente, CA on January 31, 2015.
Local environmental groups split on Rehoboth Beach outfall project
By Eli Chen – January 30, 2015
On a regular day, the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant takes in about 1.3 million gallons of sewage from Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Cape Henlopen Acres and North Shores.