Delmar Compromise

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For the past few weeks, Town officials have been meeting with residents who live on or near streets where the Town owns Right of Way (ROW) at the bay, to see what they would like to see happen to those areas. Last Thursday, the people who live on Delmar Avenue got their turn and finally reached at least the beginning of a compromise on the fate of a deck that was built there in 2015.

The Delmar project began after members of the Community Resources Advisory Board (CRAB) – an advisory board to Town Council who had been tasked with looking at several Town-owned bay accesses – heard from residents that they would like to see something built at the Town’s bay access ROW at the end of their street. CRAB’s original concept included more than what is there now, but Council chose to go with limited improvements – paid for by $27,000 of Tourist Development Council (TDC) money – when they approved the project in January of 2015. Since then, it seems that none of the neighbors have been happy and have gone before Council several times asking them to change it.

At Thursday’s meeting, residents who want see more done with the area said they’d like the dock to extend further out and include a couple of benches, whereas those living right next to the access were concerned that would attract too many people and be an invasion of their privacy.

Ultimately, the residents met in the middle. Since the main concern with those who want to see more done with the property is that the current dock doesn’t allow for much of a view, they agreed to ask Council to widen the deck to nine feet and extend it as far out into the water as possible without being a large enough structure that it will attract boaters out in the back bay. They also agreed to add a bench.

“Public Works Director Scott Baker will go out on Monday and stake out where the mean high tide line is, and Councilmember Tracey Gore’s mother Joanne Semmer (present at the meeting) will make up some conceptual drawings and get them to me,” said Administrative Specialist Chelsea O’Riley. “After that, we’ll have another meeting to see what the residents decide on, then take that to Town Council during their budget hearings.”

At their last meeting before the July break, Council set a tentative placeholder of $150,000 in the budget for all ROW improvements.

 

Keri Hendry Weeg